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    Washington, DC

    THE PALM

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    The Palm

    1225 19th St., NW (Dupont Circle)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-293-9091 | www.thepalm.com

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    • CUISINE

      Steakhouse
    • HOURS

      Mon.-Thurs.: 11:45am-10:00pm; Fri.: 11:45am-10:30am; Sat.: 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 5:30pm-9:30pm
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Strongly recommended; book online
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      1972
    • PRICE (18 OUNCE NEW YORK STRIP)

      USD 48
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Steak; lobster
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Wine; cocktails; fine spirits
    • # OF SEATS

      100+
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes - for up to 80
    • METRO

      Dupont Circle; Farragut North
    The white tablecloths, dark wooden chairs, and colorful wall mural at the Palm restaurant in Washington, DC

    VIBE

    In 1926, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi opened The Palm on Second Avenue in New York City, and their restaurant quickly became a hotspot for the in-crowd and a de-facto dinner club for journalists from nearby office buildings. About 50 years later, George Bush Sr. (then the US ambassador to the UN) lobbied the folks at The Palm to open a branch in DC, and a chain with 20+ locations was born. The DC outpost is very slick (lots of blonde wood, cushy banquettes, and elegant table settings), and it features the same signature juicy chops and walls covered in caricatures of famous patrons that the NYC original is famed for. The crowded bar is known for its well-connected barkeep and potent libations.

    CROWD

    Upscale mix of power brokers (look for some serious hotshots, like Vernon Jordan and James Carville).

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s dressy. Most people here rock up in expensive suits, but we’d opt for a classically chic cocktail dress instead.

    GO HERE WITH

    Colleagues; the boss; a date; parents

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It’s a classic schmooze spot: the steak is always spot on, the drinks are strong, and the service is stellar. It’s even worth just coming for drinks and mingling with the who’s who of Washington that gathers at the bar.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    It’s pricey! Also, the tables are a little too close together.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    On weekdays there are “PrimeTime” happy hour deals from 5:00pm-7:00pm, and there’s a complimentary valet service every night after 6:00pm. If you really love The Palm, it might be worth joining the 837 Club so that you can collect points that can be redeemed for anything from complimentary dessert to a weekend getaway. A note about the caricatures on the walls: the tradition was started in New York, when, instead of singing for their supper, artists paid by painting original portraits for the walls. The caricatures have now become such a big deal that celebs actually lobby to get their likenesses on the wall!

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