Anyone been there recently? I belong to an organization that meets nearby and we like to have a "dinner with the speaker" before the meeting. Last two times we've tried going to A.V. (including this past Monday night) there's been a "Closed" sign in the window.
There are some readers' reviews from 2005 on the Washington Post web site so it's apparently been open recently (unless they're new postings based on old visits). We've been substituting Fado where it's far too noisy to talk and they have to try too hard to seat about a dozen people together.
True chowhounds would go to any number of places in Chinatown, but these people are audio engineers, not food junkes (and they probably eat too much Chinese fast food during sessions anyway). Anybody got not-too-ethnic suggestions within walking distance of NPR (New York Avenue and 9th st. NW) where a dozen or so people can eat peacefully at around 6:30 PM and be out by 8?
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