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New Job In Chinatown-Where do I eat?

I'll second Nando's and Pret. I haven't been to either since they were exported to the US, but on my frequent travels to the UK ate at both a couple of times and always loved them.

Feb 28, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got approx. $250 to spend and need a great restaurant recommendation

I just wanted to thank everyone for the assistance in helping make my decision. I just went to Marcel's on Saturday night and it was wonderful. I got the 5 course and my girlfriend 3. I was definitely full after all of the food even though it seemed like the portions looked small. I ordered the lobster pappardelle, salmon, boudin blanc, and phyllo wrapped lamb, followed by the special chocolate souffle with hazelnut ice cream for dessert. The lobster pappardelle was phenomenal as were the lamb and salmon. The boudin blanc was just ok. It was kind of tasty, just not something I'd normally order. But I still am glad I tried it. My girlfriend got a gulf shrimp which was battered and incredible. Had a sort of asian twist to it. She also got the petite filet mignon and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. All of her choices were incredible as well. We were also offered a mushroom consumme to start which was great and I usually hate mushrooms. They also brought out petite fours after dessert.

Service was excellent. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Water was refilled promptly and the table was always kept clear between courses. We ended up only getting three glasses of wine total. The total bill with 20% tip was $265. So definitely pricey but I'm glad I chose Marcel's instead of somewhere else and will have to try the other places on my own.

I told my girlfriend afterwards that I thought the food was great and very well presented (like art) and of great quality. When comparing it to my favorite restaurant in DC (or anywhere) Zaytinya, which is much less expensive, I said that the differences were in the higher quality of food, presentation, and the service which was far superior to Zaytinya's service (which is actually quite good). I love the food at Zaytinya and loved the food at Marcel's but the latter was definitely a step above and now joins Zaytinya as my two favorite restaurants.

Thanks again for all of the help!

terpfan101

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Marcel's
2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20037

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Feb 28, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Marcel's dress code?

Hello all. I made a post a few weeks ago about picking a restaurant when I have $250 to spend. I decided on Marcel's and have a reservation there this weekend. I was wondering about the dress code as I got one answer in the other thread. Jackets are required according to their website. I read this on the Washington Post's website http://voices.washingtonpost.com/rawf...

"Dress codes survive in the District, even in a recession, because diners understand that what you wear signifies who you are, says Robert Wiedmaier, the chef owner at Marcel's on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. "I don't turn people away if they don't have a tie on, but if you come without a suit and tie, you feel stupid.""

So it sounds like I should wear a suit and tie. What about my girlfriend? What do females typically wear there? Anyway thanks in advance for the advice. I can't wait to try Marcel's!

PS. Any recommendations for excellent dishes/desserts there are appreciated!

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Marcel's
2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20037

Feb 24, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got approx. $250 to spend and need a great restaurant recommendation

Hi Marc,

I'm leaning towards Marcel's. I see jacket is required and was wondering what the ladies wear there? Also should I be wearing a full suit with tie or just sportscoat with slacks?

Finally, with the tasting menus, if you choose 5 courses, can you pick any 5 courses? Thanks.

Feb 14, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got approx. $250 to spend and need a great restaurant recommendation

Thanks Elyssa. I've read some more about the lounge at Citronelle and may pass on it since I've read while good, the atmosphere isn't true Citronelle experience. Might pass on Central too for that reason and it seems I could afford to go there another time.

I'm thinking maybe I try and wait and go even later in the month to get a table at Citronelle, CityZen et al. Would any of those top restaurants be too fancy for mid 20 somethings?

Regarding the offer from the boss, it was the least he could do after we put in an average of 65 hours working a week for 3 weeks straight (including 80 the week of a deadline)! I'll take it though haha.

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CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Feb 07, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got approx. $250 to spend and need a great restaurant recommendation

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I definitely thought of Minibar as it seems to be one of the hardest restaurants to get into and is expensive. But I'd not be able to get in for a month atleast.

I'll rule out Zengo then as I too thought it'd be something I could do for an amount similar to Jaleo/Zaytinya. I want something that I normally wouldn't go to for this meal. So I'm thinking of taking a look to see whats available at Central, Cordoroy, 1789, and the Lounge at Citronelle. I think Marcel's may be a bit too fancy for me (I'm 25). Also for the Lounge at Citronelle, how busy is it on a Saturday night? I don't see anything about making reservations. Also what's the dress code like in that part? Would it be worthy of a $250 dinner? Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming.

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Zengo Restaurant
781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Feb 07, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got approx. $250 to spend and need a great restaurant recommendation

Hello there,

I am currently in search of a great restaurant to take my girlfriend to in the DC area. It's also going to be our late Valentines Day celebration dinner since we have other plans next weekend. After putting many weeks of long hours at work, my boss told me and some coworkers to go have a nice dinner with a significant other and charge it to his personal code. He said as long as you're not spending 1000 I'm ok, but he wasn't serious, so I figured that I should keep it to about $250.

Anyway some of my favorite restaurants in DC are Zaytinya and Jaleo, so I'd prefer to try something new. I don't think I could do Citronelle, Komi, or CityZen at that price with wine, tax, and tip. So I've been thinking about the following choices.

My first grouping of choices includes: 1789, Central Michel Richard, The Source, Volt, Zengo, and Proof. The second (less preferable) grouping includes: The Oval Room, 701, Poste, and Vidalia. I've seen mixed reviews on all of them so am kind of torn and would appreciate any advice! Thanks in advance!

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1789 Restaurant
1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Jaleo
480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Poste Brasserie
555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Proof
775 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Source By Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Volt
228 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Vidalia
1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

Zengo Restaurant
781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Feb 06, 2011
terpfan101 in Washington DC & Baltimore