Ashok Bajaj's Bombay Club is one of those classic, old school DC restaurants that has been a favorite among politicians for ages. But unlike some of the city's classic steakhouses, you won't find a dated menu or indifferent service at Bombay Club. The restaurant serves up a stellar brunch buffet, properly made Manhattans and traditional Indian fare such as lamb roganjosh. The thali platters are a good way to sample a variety of dishes. And there's even a piano player in the evening.
Central Michel Richard
t can be pricey, but Central is the most accessible restaurant in chef Michel Richard's empire and for good reason. The menu boasts two much-discussed dishes that are the French chef's spin on classic American comfort food: a lobster burger and a bucket of fried chicken (which is available to-go, by the way).
Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca
Yet another fine selection in Ashok Bajaj's restaurant empire, Bibiana is the restaurateur's love letter to Italian cuisine. The kitchen is helmed by Nicholas Stefanelli, who twice worked under Italian master Fabio Trabocchi at both Maestro and New York's Fiamma. Any of the pasta dishes here are a great bet.
Minibar by José Andrés
It may have gotten a tough review in the Post this week, but Andrés' re-imagined restaurant, now open in a bigger location, is still a huge draw. Reservations now are by email only and are one of the toughest tickets in town for this multi-course meal of mini-bites.