So I thought I'd take my wife to Rasika for her B'day dinner this year as I've heard it's nice inside and the food's great. It's closed on Sunday's so that's out. Recently I've been to Zengo and loved it but we're already going back with friends next month another night. We tried Zatinya but she was underwhelmed. Then I saw a post about Palena and though - great, that's it. Well, you of course already know - it's closed too.
We can't spend more than about $50 p/p for dinner and we don't drink. Sometimes we even split a main entree, an appetizer, a soup, salad and dessert and it's truly plenty of food for us. I thought ethnic would be great as it's usually modestly priced (vs The Capital Grille DC) but I don't want to go to a place that doesn't have a killer decor. I LOVE Zengo's decor and set up. It seemed so mod and happening inside. I'm already going to Oya with a group of guys that same week too to try that place, so I'm trying to find a comparable atmosphere without spending a fortune. A place like Cityzen is too much money for us. Komi is closed too, and she wasn't too thrilled with her steak that night but loved the lollipop after the meal :o). 2 years later she still talks about that lollipop and wonders why they'd give out a free treat that causes people to linger an extra 20 minutes after their meal sucking on it!
We'll be dining with another couple so that's another component. Any thoughts? I thought about Corduroy too, but they're closed on Sundays. Citronelle is WAYY too expensive. We eat early, at 630pm. Ray's the Classics is only 20 min from our house, but closed on Sundays. Jackies is funky but we've been there done that already a few times. It doesn't HAVE to be in DC this restaurant we're looking for, but it would be fun to venture down there. The last time we went out with this couple we tried Lauriol Plaza for the 1st time and it was most excellent.
Silver Spring MD