The Needle: April 2011

With its brass rails, boisterous bar, and dimly lit dining room, this Friendship Heights spinoff of the popular steakhouse chain (also in downtown DC and Tysons Corner) feels like the quintessential steakhouse. The only thing missing? A good steak. A Delmonico was ordered medium rare but came out close to well done; a $46 porterhouse was overcooked and underwhelming in flavor. Eclipsing both were seafood offerings: fat shrimp stuffed with lobster and crab; fabulous lobster mac and cheese. Cold crème brûlée and coconut cream pie light on the coconut were letdowns, but the cheesecake was a winner.

This article appears in the April 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.