2/01/2013 02:00:00 PM

Where NOT to Watch the Super Bowl

Bombay Club
What! You don't want to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? You'd rather relax over a quiet meal with friends, or chill out at a bar, than indulge in hours of snacking and screaming in loud company? Guess what, you are not forgotten. Some of the area’s most delicious destinations will not have a TV set in sight - and it's likely to be easier to get a table.  Here are some spots where you can focus on the food and drink and conversation.
Blue Duck Tavern
Food: 27
Décor: 25
Service: 26
Cost: $64
Birds of a feather are “wowed every time” by the elevated, “beautifully crafted” “comfort food” at this “elegant” West End New American; just as ducky: it’s “high on style and low on pretension”, with an “extremely gracious” staff that “knows how to show you a good time” in “modern”, “Shaker-inspired” environs that are often graced by “famous” faces; P.S. should the bill “make you ‘blue’”, there are “lower prices” at lunch, and in the bar/lounge.

1201 24 St. NW; 202-419-6755

Bombay Club
Food: 25
Décor: 25
Service: 25
Cost: $49
“Refinement pervades” this “sophisticated Indian” a few “steps from the White House”, where “delightful” dishes are served “with style” in “serene”, “British raj” environs “tinkling” with live piano – no wonder “Washington-type celebrities abound” at its “luxuriously big tables”; tabs are “upscale but won’t break the bank”, especially for the “amazing” $28 Sunday brunch, which includes champagne.

815 Connecticut Ave NW; 202-659-3727

Cork
Food: 25
Décor: 22
Service: 23
Cost: $44
At this über-trendy Logan Circle wine bar, "a huge array of wines by the glass without an outrageous markup" is paired with "delightful" New American small plates with an "extra edge of creativity" courtesy of chef Robert Weland (ex Poste); the "well-informed" staff doubles as "eye candy" in the "stylish", brick-walled, "dimly lit" space that gets "loud" and "crowded" late, so best come "early."

1720 14 St. NW; 202-265-2675


Majestic
Food: 24
Décor: 19
Service: 23
Cost: $44
“Home cookin’ like your mama wished” she made (including a kids’ menu with a healthy bent) star at this “casual” Old Town American from the Restaurant Eve team – and for “much less money” than a meal at its fancier “big brother”; while this venue looks more like a “diner”, the “same quality and attention to detail” that marks the brand means that “meatloaf can rise to a gourmet experience”, service is “as it should be” and “reservations can be hard to come by” (try the bar).

911 King St Alexandria, VA; 703-837-9117


Oyamel
Food: 25
Décor: 22
Service: 21
Cost: $42
“No burritos or chimichangas here!” cheer fans of the “delightful, creative” tapas and street food given “a typical José Andrés twist” (e.g. grasshopper tacos “you’ll jump for”) at this high-end Penn Quarter Mexican with a “funky”, “loud” atmosphere; some say that service, while “friendly”, “doesn’t match the quality of the food”, but for most, niceties like “super-strong” margaritas and the “edible entertainment” of guacamole made tableside extend the fiesta feeling.

401 Seventh St. NW; 202-628-1005












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