The other day Pappy, Jim Z, Joe H and I had lunch at Corduroy, a poorly located restaurant that deserves more clientele than we found there. The room is nice and understated (rather Tosca-esque, for those of you familiar with that wonderful restaurant), and though it is located on the second floor of a hotel, the cuisine is well suited to DC tastes.
I think most of us were quite pleased with what we ordered, with the possible exception of Pappy. I particularly enjoyed my starter of "Bangla" spring rolls (two long, thin spring rolls filled with chicken and veg, and served with a sweet-spicy Thai style sauce), and my main course soft shell crab salad (one very well prepared sauteed crab served over mixed greens with a light fruity vinaigrette). The dessert of hazelnut-chocolate bars (reminiscent of KitKat (r) bars was excellent. We all had wine by the glass with our meals, and I quite liked my Cotes du Rhone and Sauvignon Blanc. The best thing about this place is that they have extended the $20.02 restaurant week lunch through August, and devote their entire menu to it, so there are a lot of choices. (Of course, wine was not included at that price, but since Jim and I both have iDine cards, we got a 20% discount on the total bill anyway.)
If you're looking for someplace different to try, you could do yourself a favor and try Corduroy.