Prime Rib at the Prime Rib

Traditional dining elements make Prime Rib a must.
Prime Rib at the Prime Rib
Photograph by Scott Suchman

Why you might roll your eyes:

Washington has a hot food scene. Going out for a giant slab of meat in one of the area’s least trendy and oldest dining spots seems like a rookie move.

Why you’ll love it:

Step inside this K Street stalwart and all the rigidness of your trumped-up daytime existence fades, replaced by a new sense of cool, possibly even swagger. Somewhere near the bar, a piano is playing. You’re escorted to your white-tableclothed booth, and as you slip into the black patent-leather seat, you realize how the low lamps are making your date look even better than you imaginedit’s a trompe l’oeil trifecta of a well-mixed martini, dining-out duds, and the glow playing off the polished silverware. Now order the prime rib, and make it the 24-ounce full cut, so juicy and tender you’ll wonder why it’s taken you so long to get right where you are at that very second.

2020 K St., NW; 202-466-8811.

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