Washington, DC

A reader writes: “I’m actually looking for a restaurant recommendation. Here’s the situation… I want to take this young lady out on a very nice date. She’s the type of girl that’s interested in everything, loves to try new things, etc. So I was wondering if you could recommend any cool places, maybe off the beaten path, an intimate setting is of course very nice… even a place that has some live music and we could make a night out of could be pretty sweet.”

My response after the jump. But for the Friday Question of the Day – What are your favorite date spots in the area?

If you want to stay in the U Street area, you should get dinner at one of three places followed up by some live music at HR57 (jazz). Good places to eat beforehand are Rice, Al Crostino, or the new wine bar Cork. You’ll probably have to drop like $80 total for the both of you on dinner but HR57 is pretty cheap and you can even bring your own wine there. Rice is located right next to HR57 on 14th Street a couple blocks north of P. Al Crostino (a bit more expensive) is on U St. between 13th and 14th. If she’s been to HR 57 before or any of these restaurants a strong runner up would be to take her to Utopia which has live music at 1418 U Street. It has an awesome atmosphere and the music is usually pretty good. I think they only have music on Friday and Sat. though. If you want another place that is kind cool, go to Bohemian Caverns at 11th and U. It has a lot of history and the music is also rather strong in my experience (jazz and sometimes blues).


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