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EQUINOX RESTAU­RANT Amer­i­can

Con­sci­en­tious, prize-win­ning Todd Gray pair­ing wines to crab cakes with grits, grass-fed veal, Mus­covy duck, vegan op­tions. A la carte or mul­ti­course tast­ings. Prix-fixe menus (reg­u­lar and vegan) four or six cour­ses, wine ex­tra. L (M- F), D (M-Sa), Br (Su). 818 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S Seafood

Famed West Coast restau­rant with clubby quar­ters for fresh catches, bass, oys­ters, draft beers, sin­gle malts. Hours vary by site. 1652 K St. NW, 202.861.2233 Metro: Far­ragut North; 145 Na­tional Har­bor Blvd., Oxon Hill, Md., 301.567.6224; Re­ston Town Cen­ter, Re­ston, Va., 703.481.6600; 8484 West­park Drive, McLean, Va., 703.848.8000; 2010 Crys­tal Drive, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.413.6400 Metro: Crys­tal City

MIRABELLE French

James Beard Award win­ner and for­mer White House chef Frank Ruta in his own kitchen blocks from the ex­ec­u­tive man­sion. Beef tartare, boudin blanc, bouil­l­abaisse, caviar. Ag­gie Chin turn­ing out stel­lar sweets: cit­rus pavlova. Ex­ten­sive, France-heavy wine list. Valet park­ing at din­ner. L (M- F), D (daily). 900 16th St. NW, 202.506.3833

MOR­TON’S Steaks

Hand­some spaces for lo­cals and power lunch­ers dig­ging into porter­house, New York strip, filet mignon, lob­ster. L (M- F), D (daily). 1050 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.955.5997 Metro: Far­ragut North; 1750 Crys­tal Drive, 703.418.1444 Metro: Crys­tal City; 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202.342.6258

OVAL ROOM Amer­i­can

Near White House, a fa­vorite of power folks serv­ing up shrimp and grits, pan-roasted chicken, pump­kin sword­fish, cit­rus- cured smoked salmon belly tartare and charred oc­to­pus from a spe­cialty oven. Pre-the­ater (three course, $39, wine ex­tra). L (M- F), D (M-Sa). 800 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.463.8700

PLUME Amer­i­can

Ralf Sch­legel’s Miche­lin-starred restau­rant with luxe dishes à la Mon­ti­cello’s gar­dens in­side el­e­gant Jef­fer­son Ho­tel. Prix fixe, chef’s tast­ing. Foie gras ter­rine, lob­ster gratin, risotto, An­gus prime filet, bi­son with blue­berry bar­be­cue sauce. Cozy nooks, 1,300-la­bel wine cel­lar, land­scape mu­rals on silk and fire­place. Free park­ing. The Green­house for light fare, Quill for cock­tails. D ( Tu-Sa). 1200 16th St. NW, 202.448.3227

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