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Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:17 p.m.

A guide to D.C. Restaurant Week

For those in the city, Restaurant Week from Aug. 11 to 17 is a chance to (cheaply) test the D.C. area’s numerous gastronomic options. With $20.14, you can buy a three-course lunch, while for $35.14, you can enjoy a three-course dinner (plus drinks, tip and tax). 

Keep in mind when choosing a place to eat it’s better to avoid restaurants that serve tapas and small plates. While some of the best and most creative restaurants in the city feature smaller portions – think Zaytinya, El Centro, Oyamel and Graffiato – you’ll likely pay about $35 for three tapas year-round anyway.

Reservations across the city tend to fill up quickly, but below is a list of highly rated restaurants with offerings that range from Russian to Japanese to French and still have reservations available. If you are already here for the summer or came back to the District early, here’s your chance to dine away. Book reservations to a restaurant by clicking on its name, which links to its OpenTable page.

Gazpacho Photo by Flickr user cyclonebill / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Gazpacho is just one option available at 2941. Photo by Flickr user cyclonebill / CC-BY-SA 2.0

2941 Restaurant
Falls Church, Va. ★★★★½✰

It’s hard not to appreciate 2941′s undeniably stunning setting: small waterfalls, koi fish, lush trees and – oh, yes – a lake. All contribute to the restaurant’s charming and romantic ambiance. It serves contemporary American food influenced by flavors of the Mediterranean.

Expect hors d’oeuvres like tomato gazpacho and salmon tartare, while grilled pork loin and rockfish remain options for the main course. And dessert? 2941 takes a twist on the classics, serving black forest cake (cherry ganache, vanilla bavarois, Kirsch syrup and roasted cherries) and peach melba (brown sugar cookie, toasted oat ice cream, peach marmalade, raspberry granite and almond streusel), among others.

La Chaumiere
Georgetown ★★★★½✰

Take a break from the crowds (and typical fare) of the city at La Chaumiere, the Georgetown restaurant that looks more like a tiny French inn than the Friday night date spot it’s known to be. Other than its consistently high-quality food (La Chaumiere has won the Washingtonian’s “100 Best Restaurants” award 29 times since 1978), the restaurant’s stone fireplaces and wood beams make it feel cozy and intimate.

SEI Restaurant & Lounge
Penn Quarter ★★★★½✰

SEI is the glamorous Saturday night hangout spot you’ve always searched for but have never found. The space’s minimal white leather sofas and luxurious dripping crystal light fixtures are reason enough to book a table, but the food and drinks are also top notch.

Aside from the handcrafted sushi rolls and tofu bibimbap bowls, SEI offers a bevy of creative cocktails that range from Asian pear sangria to lavender margaritas and “liquid wasabi” sake bombs. For restaurant week, SEI has both a lunch and dinner special, so there’s no reason not to taste test the typically expensive lounge.

Pulled pork and fried green tomatoes at Acre 121. Photo by Flickr user justgrimes / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Pulled pork and fried green tomatoes at Acre 121. Photo by Flickr user justgrimes / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Acre 121
Columbia Heights ★★★★✰

This swingin’ country bar and restaurant also moonlights as a bluegrass and folk rock music hall on weeknights, taking a new approach to “dinner and a show.” In addition to entertainment value, Acre 121 offers some of the best barbecue in the D.C. area as well as more craft beers on tap than you can keep track of, making it a true Southern establishment. Fresh grits, chipotle BBQ and jalapeño cornbread are just a handful of the dishes that set Acre 121 apart from its more traditional neighbors in Columbia Heights.

Russia House
Dupont Circle ★★★★✰

Why dine like a college student when you can dine like a tsar? Russia House’s diverse menu serves traditional Eastern European fare: stuffed short ribs, sausage with black caviar, zapechionaya baranina (lamb chops with lamb confit and red dandelion greens), shaslik (marinated pork with rice, tomatoes, cucumbers and dill), chicken kiev (with classic Hollandaise sauce and tarragon foam) and Russian salads.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Russian dinner without vodka, of which Russia House has many kinds – more than 200 from across Europe. Order a single two-ounce shot for about $10, or drink your way across Russia with the Vodka Flight sampler, one of the restaurant’s more popular drinking options.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sandra Loyola.

The weekend is winding down, and Monday’s forecast for both weather and places to go out doesn’t look promising. After getting past that hurdle, here’s what to look forward to later in the week.

Tuesday

Sunset Yoga & Pilates at the Georgetown Waterfront Park: Stressed from your internship or job and need a way to relax? The Georgetown Business Improvement District, in partnership with Georgetown yoga and pilates studios, will host free one-hour sunset sessions at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Come to the park near the intersection of Water Street and Potomac Street any week this summer. Corepower Yoga will run this week’s session at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP.

Free Comedy at Vendetta: Catch a free comedy show every Tuesday at 8 p.m. The shows include D.C.’s best stand-up comics along with up-and-coming comedians. Ages 21+.

Wednesday

The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre: The Embassy of France and the Avalon Theatre have teamed up to show contemporary French films during the month of July. Don’t worry if your French is rusty – English subtitles are provided. Tickets are $9 for students.

Summer Happy Hour Chocolate Tastings at Cocova: Cocova hosts a themed chocolate tasting every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. This week’s tasting will feature white and milk chocolate bars.

Thursday

Stand-up Comedy at the Topaz Hotel Bar: Don’t feel like repeating another night of bar hopping at Dupont Circle? Topaz Hotel Bar hosts a live stand-up show every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. with veteran comedians as well as “non-coms,” who are invited to get up on stage and try to win a $25 cash prize for the best joke.

Queens of the Stone Age featuring St. Vincent at Merriweather Post Pavilion: With tickets starting at $40, this summer concert will be filled with rock, sprinkled with some indie tunes from St. Vincent.

Friday

Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

A Garden of Wonders at the Smithsonian Castle: Time to party like Alice and enter wonderland in this madcap party that transforms the Smithsonian Castle’s garden into a landscape of magic. With outdoor games, craft activities and a DJ, you don’t want to be late to this party. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ages 21+.

Sasha Lord and Chris Rudy present 80’s Karaoke Performance Art Competition at Comet Ping Pong: Gather a group of friends and head to Comet Ping Pong to enjoy pizza and celebrate the start of weekend by watching an 80’s Karaoke showdown backed by the HariKaraoke Band. Admission is $12, and all ages are welcomed.

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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Bowling alley to open in Georgetown

Pinstripe Bowling Alley to open in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Bowling Alley.

Pinstripe Bowling Alley to open in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Bowling Alley.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jennifer Fendt.

Dig out your bowling shoes and grab your friends because Georgetown is getting its very own bowling alley.

Pinstripe Bowling Alley set to open Saturday, will finally fill the void left by the destruction of Marvin Center’s own bowling alley,  the Hippodrome, 3 years ago.

Complete with 14 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar and an outdoor patio overlooking Georgetown’s canal, this will be Pinstripe’s fifth location nationwide. The restaurant features an Italian-American cuisine with bowling prices ranging from $5-$7 per person.

Located in The Shops at Georgetown Park, Pinstripes will be open seven days a week with special “Pintastic Features” each day, including a ladies night on Thursdays, wing night on Fridays and a happy hour everyday.

The Midwestern chain has other Pinstripes located in Illinois and Minnesota making this the first on the east coast and an exciting addition to the Georgetown neighborhood.

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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 5:17 p.m.

Best trick-or-treating in the District

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Candy corn. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ben Marks.

Whoever said trick-or-treating was only for children definitely doesn’t understand college students. Often underfed and broke, college students love candy – especially free candy. We eat tons of the stuff and take pride in the dental problems that follow.

It’s time to design that costume, find some friends, and get ready to load up on that sweet, sweet candy. If you haven’t already found somewhere to go, here are a few places where you can trick-or-treat near campus.

Embassy Row

A hot spot for trick-or-treaters of all ages, Embassy Row on Halloween should be on your GW bucket list. Learn about different cultures and stuff yourself with a variety of candy from countries all around the world. There will be plenty of college students there and likely some pretty excellent costumes so be sure to dress to impress. However, there are over 50 embassies on Embassy Row and you can be sure each one participating will be expecting you to say “trick or treat” in its native language.
We suggest finding a Bulgarian dictionary in advance.

Georgetown

Take a stroll down M Street and visit some of D.C.’s most historic buildings. The streets will be packed, but don’t let that stop you. Who knows? You might even knock on a door and meet one of the many famous residents like Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright or Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

Capitol Hill

Many K Street lobbyists call the area home, meaning that you will probably come across the occasional king size-candy bar. The townhouses by Capitol Hill are notorious for its elaborate decorations, expect lots of motion censor skeletons and cheesy fake tombstones. Meet some of D.C.’s most powerful men and women, and hope for a giant Kit Kat.

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Monday, July 29, 2013 3:59 p.m.

Good Stuff Eatery opens in Georgetown

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Harber

A third Good Stuff Eatery opened up in Georgetown just in time for lunch Monday  — this time just a 25-minute walk from campus.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s newest venture will feature the burgers and shakes that Good Stuff Eatery is known for, and make specialty items like the red velvet shake available as regular menu items.

The Georgetown location, at 3291 M St. NW, will have a farmhouse feel to it, with a creamery on the second floor so customers can see homemade milkshakes prepared.

Mendelsohn, who gained fame by competing in two seasons of “Top Chef,” opened the first Good Stuff Eatery in 2008 near Capitol Hill, followed by the second in Crystal City last year. He also owns We, The Pizza and opened a French restaurant, Béarnaise, earlier this summer with his sister.

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Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its first automatic dessert dispensary in March at its Beverly Hills location. Photo used under Creative Commons.

Students with a late-night sweet tooth can soon get their fix outside of the candy aisle of CVS or 7-Eleven.

Sprinkles Cupcakes plans to open a 24-hour cupcake dispensary machine in August, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Customers can pick out cupcakes from a machine resembling an ATM built into the shop’s wall at 3015 M St. in Georgetown.

After selecting a flavor onscreen, customers can watch a robotic arm pull the boxed-up dessert from a 600 cupcake-supply, restocked daily for freshness.

Cupcakes from the machine will cost $4, a 50-cent uptick from the store’s regular price, according to The Post. The machine will only take credit and debit cards.

The upscale bakery opened its first cupcake ATM in March at its Beverly Hills location, which founder Candace Nelson said dispenses about 1,000 cupcakes per day.

The dispensers are being installed this summer at nine locations across the country, including sites in New York, Houston and Chicago.

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Judith Leiber clutches and designer jewelry decorated the tables at Wink, where guests got a sneak peak of Rent the Runway's spring collection. Morgan Viehman | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Morgan Viehman.

Shoppers and fashion enthusiasts enjoyed a taste of the upscale Thursday at Wink in Georgetown.

“I’ve never touched one!” sophomore Alexandra Bonvouloir said, as she clung to a silk charmeuse Proenza Schouler dress on the rack.

The dress, which would have normally cost upward of $1,700, can now be rented for $225.

Rent The Runway, an online rental service for designer fashion at budget prices, hosted an evening of cocktails and springtime fashion at the Georgetown boutique.

Wink owner Paige Speyer welcomed the fashion enterprise to D.C. by providing a one-night-only shopping experience for guests to preview and purchase both Wink and Rent The Runway spring collections.

The event featured designer labels including Versace Collection, Peter Som, Narciso Rodriguez, Christian Cota and Moschino, and showcased Chanel accessories and jewel-encrusted handbags by Judith Leiber.

“It’s about women experimenting with fashion,” said Rent The Runway CEO and co-founder Jennifer Hyman. “We want to encourage them to love and appreciate designer fashion.”

Founded by Hyman and Harvard Business School classmate Jennifer Fleiss in 2009, Rent the Runway delivers over 150 designer labels to shoppers’ doorsteps for up to 90 percent off the retail price. The site provides added security to shoppers, allowing fashion-lovers to rent their favorite dress in two sizes to guarantee fit.

This post was updated on April 20, 2012 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet misspelled the name of Narciso Rodriguez.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Enni Aigbomian.

Models Audrey Cotton, left, and Chelsea Connestro pose Thursday night in Kelly Tang designs at ReadysetDC's fifth Fashion District at the Powerhouse warehouse along the C&O canal in Georgetown. Elise Apelian | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Powerhouse in Georgetown was abuzz with local fashion designers showcasing their work Thursday, as the historic warehouse played host to the Fashion District event.

Hosted by the arts and culture blog ReadysetDC, the event is a way for designers, buyers and other fashion enthusiasts in the D.C. area to network and reach a larger client base.

“Readyset is a strong brand. Having them behind you shows you’re a fashion powerhouse and local business to be watched,” said Elise Peterson, manager of the Columbia Heights boutique It’s Vintage Darling.

The event featured a variety of designers with their own individual displays, where models showcased specialty products ranging from dresses to jewelry and accessories. The night included stage presentations and shows from local designers such as Hugh & Crye, Kelly Tang, Artaya, Ginger Root Design, Read’s Clothing Project, Aliceanna and Accoutre.

Among the vendors was Erin Yogasundram, a junior who runs an online boutique called ShopJeen.com.

Yogasundram began writing a fashion blog two years ago and opened her online boutique in December. She works with designers who hand-make their merchandise along with big names like Vanessa Mooney, Luv Aj and Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield to sell their merchandise on her website.

“In-person events generate four times the sales of online boutiques in a single day, so I was happy to take part in such a well-curated event with my core demographic,” Yogasundram said.

Yogasundram said the event was an opportunity for her form connections with other vendors with whom she hopes to work in the future.

“I met a lot of fantastic people from the area,” she said. “Everyone was 21 or older so it was nice to tell my story, and people seemed really interested in hearing it.”

Yogasundram plans to take a leave of absence from GW at the end of the semester and take her business to New York City, where she is from originally. She also plans to open a shop in D.C. this year.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:23 p.m.

Lucky Brand Jeans offers discount for students

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Lucky Brand Jeans in Georgetown is offering a special deal for GW and Georgetown students this week.

Students with a valid school ID will receive 20 percent off any purchase of $125 or more. The discount applies this Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The store will also provide light refreshments in celebration of the premiere of Lucky Brand’s summer line.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:03 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

See tehe Kennedy Center. Hatchet file photo

With another week behind you, spend the next few days trying out some of these suggestions.

Thursday:
George, located behind Café Milano in Georgetown, is hosting Karaoke for Kids. Guests can participate in a fun night of karaoke in return for a small donation. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The event begins at 9 p.m. with a suggested $5 donation.

Friday:
See singer-comedian Wayne Brady perform in tribute to the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sam Cooke at the Kennedy Center. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $85.

Saturday:
Participate in the Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk honoring Japanese Americans from World War II. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

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