Hi, everyone. I have a friend coming into town on Tuesday or Wednesday evening and am trying to find a good restaurant to take her to. She appreciates good food, and loves small plates places or other restaurants where she can sample a variety of food, but she's also fairly low maintenance and wouldn't object to a low-key dinner at a mid-range restaurant with decent food. We'd prefer not to go somewhere very expensive.
Her schedule is in flux and is likely to be slightly tight, which probably prevents us from making reservations. I live in the Mt. Vernon Triangle area northeast of Chinatown, and it probably makes sense to find something either in the Triangle, in Chinatown, or in the Penn Quarter.
I was originally thinking about Kushi, since she likes small plates places and would also enjoy watching them make the food, but I've asked about Kushi on this board before and it tends to get fairly lukewarm reviews. Jaleo might work, but I know the wait can be pretty long, and again her schedule isn't clear enough to make reservations. We once tried to get into Zaytinya, and she was turned off by the volume and the atmosphere.
I'd appreciate any thoughts about the above restaurants, or any other suggestions you might have. Thanks!
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