The Going Out Gurus answered your questions in last week’s Got Plans? discussion. Check out the highlights below, and go to goingoutguide.com to join in this week’s chat, Thursday at 1 p.m.
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My beau and I desperately need a date night. Ideally it would be somewhere on the quiet, romantic end of the spectrum, run around $100ish for us to eat, and it would be awesome if it had oysters. We’re Birch and Barley regulars if that gives you a clue about our preferences — good food, thoughtful drink menu — but we’d like to go somewhere new. Thank you!
Alex Baldinger: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace seems like a no-brainer, in terms of ambiance, cuisine and neighborhood. Have you been? Tom Sietsema had plenty of good things to say about Jeff Black’s latest. They don’t take reservations, however, so plan accordingly.
I’m going to the Phillips Collection and then Restaurant Nora, but have an hour and half to have a cocktail from when the Phillips closes. Any suggestions of where to go?
Alex Baldinger: How about the bar at Bistrot du Coin ? It’ll be like a Parisian stopover on your way to dinner. Not great if you want to get lost in conversation with a dining companion because it’s so boisterous, but it’s perfect for a pre-dinner glass of wine or cocktail.
Fritz Hahn: I’ll second Alex’s suggestion — BdC is right around the corner — but here’s one other idea: Urbana Restaurant (in the Palomar hotel) is running a special menu to celebrate the Phillips’s new Degas exhibit. I haven’t tried it yet, but I like the sound of the Degas’s Dance cocktail, which includes vodka, peach schnapps, muddled plums and cranberry juice. They’re running a deal where Phillips ticket-holders get a free drink when they purchase an entree. You probably don’t need this if you’re going to Nora, but just putting it out there.
Hi! We are looking for a restaurant for a party of seven for dinner Monday. We would like seafood and steak and with a good beer selection. Ideal location would be Penn Quarter, Chinatown or Dupont Circle. Where do you suggest we go? Thanks!
Justin Rude: I don’t know what your budget is, but I tend to view bachelor parties as an occasion to splurge. With that in mind, I am going to start off by recommending J&G Steakhouse . It’s not exactly in your preferred neighborhoods, but it’s the poster child for mixed steak and seafood acumen. Tom Sietsema’s 2010 Dining Guide review begins, “It calls itself a steakhouse, but I’m just as apt to go fishing as hunting when I visit this designer creation in the W Hotel from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.”
Another good alternative would be BLT Steak , which is near Farragut Square. Has a steakhouse vibe with a great raw bar.
For something very different, you could try Bistrot Du Coin . It’s great for groups, a little lighter on the wallet and can get pretty boisterous. The mussels and monkfish in lemon cream sauce are great, and the beef bourguignon and steak frites will fulfill your need for red meat.