We went to Corduroy last night. Although i have to say the convention center neighborhood is far from 'gentrified' as i keep reading it will be, we had a nice evening. The surrounding buildings include burned out hulk and construction cranes; wasn't sure what to expect inside the restaurant but it was fine. The bar is upstairs. It is very generic & vanilla looking. There are about 8 seats at the bar and a couple couches. The WBTG selection is limited; they specialize in bottles but i had a decent glass o bubbly and hubby had a nice french red. I told the bar tender they needed some decor, maybe a big picture of DC or something.
So we went downstairs for our meal; i asked for one of the two window tables and was graciously accommodated. The menu is very brief but good. We ordered a bottle of 04 Turley zin which is one of my faves; it's like a mouth full of jam, or as my husband says, a fruit bomb. Anyway i got the microgreens salad w/ lemon viniagrette. The greens were really delicious and sat on some chopped tomatos. Hubby had the composed lobster salad. He said his was really good too. The bread is nice & crusty and the butter properly soft.
For my entree, i had the crispy fluke. It was flash/pan fried, and had a nice tasty crust. The fish was flaky & white & moist, really yummy. It had a little blob of german potato salad with it, topped with frisee. He had a strip steak, properly cooked, with lyonnaise potatos on the side and green beans. For dessert, we shared a chocolate molten cake thingie with cocoa ice cream. It was quite good as well, especially with the last of our zin. The only thing i would change is to put vanilla ice cream on top instead to really accentuate the dark chocolate of the cake.
Service was really good & well paced. They do have valet for $9 but we metro'd (mt vernon square was right aroudn the corner). One grind though: they need music. i told the waitress who said all the wait staff keep telling the chef they need music and he disagrees. I told her to tell him the customers want it! In an old building like that, it would really help with the creaky floor sounds and things.
All in all, a very pleasant experience - i would definitely go back. The dining room is nicer than when it was in the sheraton but the 'hood around the old one was better. Give and take i suppose...