If anyone is as obsessed with the 3-tiered plateau as I am, this photograph will be soul satisfying. The bottom tier features a variety of oysters and clams. The highlight of the middle tier is a jumbo scoop of ceviche in a radicchio cup. Up top is a Maine lobster and shrimp. There are also mussels, conch and snails mixed in.
The restaurant is Balthazar in NY, and I must say their plateau compares well with ones I've had at La Coupole and Le Bar à Huître in Montparnasse. First of all, there's more to it. And of course there ain't no sweet, firm Maine lobster in Paris.
This platter took the three of us two and a half hours to consume.
And btw, Balthazar's sour, crunchy, homemade bread is marvelous -- a worthy part of the total experience.
I don't know that there's anywhere to get something similar in Washington. Kinkead's has a seafood platter, but it's much smaller, it costs about the same, and they call it an appetizer.