After doing the research on Chowhounds and taking all the recs. into consideration we had a great weekend.
Hit Cafe Boulud for lunch Sat. It was lovely, not too heavy, beet salad and mushroom soup was luxurious, the scallops with green peas, shoots and pea puree was a gorgeous combination. we had a great wine with lunch in a lovely light atmosphere. would definitely recommend.
For dinner we went to Hearth. for 3 out of 4 of us it was the best meal of the weekend. Everyone was thrilled with every dish, which rarely happens, it seems. the service was perfect, and the staff was very knowledgable about their wine selection. the fava beans were a highlight and the shortrib i had was one of the best things i have ever tasted. having just been to Bradley Ogden (the 2004 james beard winner) i feel like Hearth is 10 times better, Hearth was robbed of the prize.
Breakfast the next morning was at Balthazar...with a former professional baker it was interesting to hear his take on their bread...had good things and bad things to say, but everyone agreed that their carmelized sweet roll with pecans and the eggs meurrete (sp?) were outstanding. a good fun atmosphere.
Dinner sunday night dinner was at Babbo. We loved it. certainly a little more pretentious then Hearth, but very good wait staff that directed us in the best direction. this was the fave restaurant for our fourth. the foie gras raviolli are decadent, the octopus appetizer and both the lamb and pork chops were highlights. our sommelier was also fun and gave a great deal of appreciated background on the wines he was recomending.
we had intended to hit fleur de sel on our way out of the city on monday, but were feeling full from all of the tasty food we had consumed and opted for a good slice of pizza to send us on the road. (we had stopped at Murray's the day before to pick up some cheese for the road back down to DC)