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1225 19th St., NW (Dupont Circle)
(1) 202-293-9091 | www.thepalm.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:45am-10:00pm; Fri.: 11:45am-10:30am; Sat.: 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 5:30pm-9:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSStrongly recommended; book online
PRICE (18 OUNCE NEW YORK STRIP)USD 48
FAMOUS PLATESSteak; lobster
DRINKS AND WINEWine; cocktails; fine spirits
# OF SEATS100+
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - for up to 80
METRODupont Circle; Farragut North
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.
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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