January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants
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BLT Steak
Address: 1625 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-689-8999
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10:30, Friday 11:30 to 11, Saturday 5:30 to 11
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Grilled double-cut bacon with a condiment of chopped garlic and parsley; oysters on the half shell; bone-in sirloin; double-cut rack of lamb; crepe soufflé.
Price Details: Starters, $9 to $23; entrées, $24 to $130.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 5 to 6:30: $5 select drinks and small plates
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

No. 53: BLT Steak

The arrival of this New York import will be hailed by gastronomes as evidence of the increasing sophistication of the city’s dining scene. While the place is too new to assess its long-term significance, it does seem to be a new generation of steakhouse.

Like Charlie Palmer Steak and Ray’s the Steaks, BLT Steak breaks free of convention and makes those manly clubs where wheelers and dealers order mammoth steaks seem fusty and old.

This is a steakhouse that gestures at formal seriousness (two-tone leather-and-suede booths) without veering toward the uptight (the sound system pumps out the likes of Kool and the Gang and the O’Jays). Or just call it a French sensibility; the owner and overseer is New York chef Laurent Tourondel.

Meals start with a gratis crock of excellent pâté; fluffy popovers appear alongside your entrée; fish isn’t regarded as a dish for wimps or women watching their weight; and the dessert menu includes a light souffléed crepe filled with ricotta cheese.

The steaks do not stint on savor or size, though the menu does encourage sharing the 40-ounce porterhouse and the 22-ounce bone-in rib eye. It tantalizes foodies with the prospect of real Kobe. How do you know it’s the legendary beef from Japan and not something masquerading as legit? Here’s how: It’s $130 for five ounces.

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