It's hard not to feel like a master of the universe when ensconced in this coolly elegant dining room in the imposing shadow of the Capitol. Oversize floral arrangements, tones of blue-gray, a dramatic glass-enclosed wine cellar, and quasi-Danish modern furniture form a backdrop to the contemporary cuisine. Dry-aged rib eye, marinated hanger steak, and porterhouse steak with morel mushrooms are the meaty choices. But brown-butter-drenched tortelloni and poached lobster
make a good showing, too, as do sides such as mashed Yukon Golds and Brussels sprouts with pancetta. The crème brûlée trio finishes things off nicely.
Sep 17, 2006
I took my wife and three teenaged kids to dinner at Charlie Palmer's last night. It is sleek and chic, almost zen-like. The glass-enclosed wine cellar "hangs" over a stone-bottomed pool, and the street-side wall is entirely glass....floor to ceiling. As we were led to our table, the waiter headed to a larger table by the glass wall and I thought "bless Amex Concierge, they always get a great table"(which is true). Well, we could have been on Sloan
Square or the Rue Rivoli.....a sidewalk and trees....period. You can't see the Capitol Building without a chainsaw or a room on the 10th floor......very disappointing. The service and food were good to excellent,but my entree was overdone. The wine list is strictly American, which is extremely shortsighted. (Would you order the Cheese Course at Piccoline in New York if it was only Swiss??) Also, the Madeira served with the caramel chocolate mousse as a "special" was pretty tired. If you're in DC and are willing to drop $120.00 per person, buy a postcard of the Capitol Building and try some other place.