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Dining a Deux
Nevin Martell | Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton | January 30, 2014
Impress your paramour on Valentine’s Day with a reservation at one of these exclusive tables.
Tucked away at the rear of the restaurant, the alcove enclosing the most romantic table in town looks like a library, with the spines of leather books lining the curved nook. “You feel like you’re in your own little world,” says Managing Director Philip Wood. There’s a $550 minimum, which includes a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings and the lavish Bird’s Egg dessert—a gold flake-covered white chocolate ovoid filled with sorbets and meringues resting in
a cotton-candy nest.
REQUEST WHEN RESERVING The Bird’s Nest booth
1200 16th St. NW (located in The Jefferson Washington, DC), 202.448.2300
2. RASIKA WEST END
The three cozy window booths are the most requested seats in the house at this Indian-infused restaurant. Their graceful shape was inspired by traditional Indian palkis, which were used to hand-carry brides. “They can be very tough to get,” says Group General Manager Atul Narain, who suggests calling several weeks in advance.
REQUEST WHEN RESERVING Table 3, 4 or 5
1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.466.2500
A trio of leather-backed booths runs along the southern side of this recently revamped Mediterranean restaurant. “They’re very popular spots for engagements and proposals,” says Director of Food and Beverage Outlets Kerem Kendigelen. Want to splurge on your love? Try the $7,000 bottle of 1995 Krug Blanc de Noirs Champagne on hand.
REQUEST WHEN RESERVING Table 4, 5 or 6
923 16th and K streets NW (located in The St. Regis hotel), 202.509.8000
Who needs a fireplace when you’ve got a pizza oven? “At night, it gives off a glow that suffuses the whole restaurant with this beautiful, flickering light,” says Executive Chef Ethan McKee. Cozy up with your sweetheart in one of the two gray booths near the flames and try some small plates, such as roasted duck breast with pan-seared foie gras.
REQUEST WHEN RESERVING Table 36 or 37
2121 P St. NW (located in Hotel Palomar), 202.956.6650
5. MATCHBOX 14TH STREET
The two floating booths help couples enjoy an uplifting dining experience as they survey the popular pizza restaurant below. During the cold months, General Manager Michelle Hebert recommends the floating booth at the back. “It’s cozier, because it’s right above the kitchen,” she explains.
REQUEST WHEN RESERVING Table 300 or 333
1901 14th St. NW, 202.328.0369