If you want a taste of luxury, you need to head to City Center, the chic apartment, shopping, and dining complex that’s got everything you want for the finer things in life.
Once you’re done shopping until you drop, admiring the giant lit-up Christmas tree, and checking out the adorable seasonal decorations hanging in the form of lanterns above the walkways, you’ll want to grab some dinner at one of the elegant — and delicious — dining options in the City Center. Here are three to check out!
950 I Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, D.C., 20001
If you’re ready to treat yourself to some of the best steak you’ve ever tasted, head over to Del Frisco’s. It’s pricey, but the food is more than worth the cost, and the elegant ambience will make you feel all sorts of glamourous. This steakhouse has everything you could possibly want, from craft cocktails, to a pages-long wine list, plenty of types of steaks to choose from, and — of course — loads of side options.
We recommend that you sit upstairs if possible, in one of the large round booths. You’ll get the best view to people-watch the other patrons, but also incredibly comfortable seating for your meal. Start off with cocktails as a pre-dinner treat; you can’t go wrong with a “Gold Standard Mule,” and if you want something new and interesting, try “The Plume Rose” and the “Pomegranate Martini.” Then order a bottle of red wine to complement your steak.
There are several different steak cuts and sizes to choose from, so you can really get specific with your preferences. The most highly sought-after sides include Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Pearl Onions, Potatoes Au Gratin, and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. And if for some reason you’re not into steak but were still convinced to go to Del Frisco’s, fear not because you’ll be able to order one of the deliciously prepared seafood options. The Del’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes are a particularly good choice.
The full Washington, D.C., menu can be found here.
934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Fig and Olive is the definition of elevated American cuisine with a European twist. Though the restaurant’s roots are in the Mediterranean, they have won over the heart of the United States with their décor, food presentation, and the quality of the dishes themselves. Every table at the City Center location is special, swapping out chairs for armchairs around round tables either near the large windows or rustic bookshelves. The color pallette is white, bright, and clean, making you feel like you’re dining in a newly redesigned home.
Start of by trying one of the signature crostinis and sharing an appetizer, such as the Sea Scallops or Mushroom Croquettes. There is a lot of variety in the main courses, with plenty of fish, meat, and pastas to choose from. If you’re craving seafood, get the Paella del Mar (which is easily shareable) or the Chilean Sea Bass. If meat is more your thing, the Rosemary Lamb Chops are tasty, juicy, and tender.
You can find the full dinner menu here.
And of course, Fig and Olive didn’t forget about serving up unique craft cocktails and an excellent selection of wine. You can find the perfect bottle to complement your meal here or sip on a signature drink made carefully by one of the skilled bartenders.
1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Momofuku has almost a cult-following in New York City, and now Washingtonians can join in on the obsession. The City Center location is the only one in D.C., featuring a main dining room, a noodle bar, main bar, and private dining area. The décor and menu is inspired by savory Asian dishes with a fusion twist.
Start with one of the many choices of buns; shiitake and pork are favorites. Then move on to the small plates. Momofuku is known for their unique selection of tapas. Some highlights include the Marinated Diver Scallops and the Honeycrisp Apple Kimchi. If it’s a particularly chilly night, go straight for the noodles. You can make your own or go for the specialty options on the menu.
The full dinner menu can be found here.
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