I am a teacher taking a group of 30 (well-behaved) high school juniors to DC next month. I would like to find a restaurant that is relatively inexpensive, that would be able to accommodate a large group, and where I wouldn't be mortified to be disturbing the quiet, romantic meals of other diners. If there were a possibility of pre-ordering our meal, that would be great, but it's not a requirement.
I was hoping to be able to expose the students (mainly African-American and Latino kids from NYC) to a cuisine they might not be familiar with--I was thinking some kind of Asian, or perhaps Ethiopian? I don't expect them to be super-adventurous eaters, so it can't be too 'out-there'. But the food needs to be genuinely good--I want to turn them ON to something new, not turn them off forever.
Can anyone recommend a place that would be suitable? Anywhere in DC should be fine--we'll have a coach bus for transportation.