Birthdays, anniversaries and, of course, Valentine’s Day, are best celebrated over an intimate meal.
Tom Sietsema has dubbed Iron Gate the "the most romantic restaurant of this year's crop of fresh faces." The picturesque setting for a romantic evening is set from the entrance: a lantern-lit walkway to the the candle-lit bar and the plush and cozy main dining room. The food is an interesting and enjoyable mix of Greek and Italian influences from head chef Anthony Chittum. Cap off your meal (be it a four-or six-course tasting menu or a la carte) with a gianduja terrine with hazelnut ice cream and frangelico caramel. 1734 N St. NW. www.irongaterestaurantdc.com.
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