coming to DC with my girlfriend for a first time visit. Staying at the Renaissance Hotel (9th St NW) for 4 nights.
We love good food, but not really sitting across from each other in a stiff restaurant (we prefer somewhere with some people watching, maybe a communal eating table). As a reference, our favourite restaurants are The Purple Pig in Chicago (communal tables, sharing food portions), eating at the front bar at Gramercy Tavern in NYC, or Jamonera in Philly (tapas food with sherry tasting).
Any recommendations for somewhere casual but also good food - maybe tapas or small portions that we can share? Or somewhere with communal tables that might be fun? Places near the hotel would be good, but I hear the subway in DC is good so we can travel further for somewhere different to eat and have a good evening.
Also, any bar/resto that does sherry/port or good wine tasting samples?