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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 03/16/2007

Mex and the City (or Where to Eat With the Girls)

By Erin

In yesterday's Got Plans?, a stumped reader asked for restaurant ideas for a girls' night out. She wrote, "Any suggestions for new/cool restaurant in D.C. for a group of 30-something women? One of the party is not an adventurous eater in terms of ethnic cuisine and another doesn't eat meat. Help!" Luckily, there are several new spots around town that could fill your qualifications and your stomachs.

The newly reopened Oyamel is thriving in Chinatown with smaller plates of scrumptious tamales, ceviche and other Mexican-inspired fare. With a few house margaritas, the more brazen ladies can try the grasshopper tacos, but I'd stick to the more conventional fillings and save room for a decadent chocolate dessert.

If you're more of the champagne cocktails crew, Napoleon, new from the owners of Cafe Bonaparte, is a prime destination for a girls' night. The house specialty crepes can suit vegetarians, and groups can retreat to a cozy downstairs lounge with a dazzling selection of champagne.

With two months under its belt, Michel Richard's Central has sprung to life with fresh bistro fare. The bar area hops with chatter that resonates across the dining room, and, if you're like me, you'll be chattering along after a couple of delectable cocktails or glasses of boutique wine. Your vegetarian would have to make do with salads and perhaps onion soup, but the less-adventurous eaters will find multiple burgers to enjoy -- I vote to splurge on the lobster -- as well as two superlative chicken dishes.

Finally, Viridian isn't new, but it's voyaging in a new direction under Michael Hartzer, formerly of Ray's the Classics. Your vegetarian gal will find plenty to enjoy (veggie pot pie, anyone?) on the contemporary American menu. I'm also partial to the Nice, Spice and Ice cocktail, which mixes serrano-ginger vodka with mango liqueur, puree and juice. It's an open space with round tables for easier communication.

Where do you go for a fun night out with friends?

--Erin

By Erin  | March 16, 2007; 2:40 PM ET
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A few other good choices for dinner and drinks with the girls: Posh (unbelievable lobster bisque in a bread bowl & flavored mojitos), Panache (yummy tapas & sangria), Zaytinya, Rosa Mexicana (guacamole made at the table to your liking), and Leftbank in Adams Morgan (steadk & wasabi mashed potatoes). Posh, Panache, and Leftbank are perfect for hanging out all night.

Posted by: Misha | March 22, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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