Hello! I've been a lurker on the board for some time, and finally managed to get around the joining.
I'm trying to find a spot for a really nice dinner for two near the White House. I'd say maybe 4 blocks max walking distance. Maybe somewhere in the range of $200-300? I'd like something cozy and vibrant, but not loud or stuffy. Some of the locations I've come across as options:
The Oval Room - has had some good recommendations when I've searched, but it's not mentioned frequently. Has potential to be stuffy.
Siroc - Looks good, but I'm not sure it's "special" enough. Maybe $$?
Central - Have been before for a light meal and loved it! I wouldn't be against this, but leaning towards trying something new.
Marcel's - Good reviews, but I'm not big on fish and the menu appears littered with it. Also, the courses could make the meal come off as too formal.
Equinox - Has had some good word of mouth here, but I'm worried by some of the mixed reviews since the post-fire revamp. However, I am leaning towards this. The menu appears balanced with some interesting options.
Other suggestions I've seen, but I'm afraid will be too far outside my target area: