I unfortunately only stumbled across this board today; having recently moved away after years living in Arlington, I wish I had seen it long ago!
I'm getting married in Crystal City in May, and I need to plan the rehearsal dinner. Ideally, we would like to be in Crystal City, but anything metro accessible (probably on the VA or close-in DC) could work as well. We have several out of town guests who won't have cars, so anything else would be tough, but we could arrange car pools if we really needed to because the restaurant was just too good.
We expect 40 people at the dinner, and we had targetted $40/person all-in, estimating 2 drinks per person. I know this is pretty limiting, and we could probably squeeze that number up some, but $60 would be a hard, hard limit. Getting under $50/person would make things much better off.
MIL doesn't like Indian food, and 1/4 of the family is of Hawaiian/Asian decent, so they aren't fond of "American" chinese food. Other than that, no cuisine restrictions.
Thanks very much for any advice!