Stomachs are simple creatures, tending to keep to themselves until provoked by the taunts of hunger, at which point they turn into snarling, mouth-foaming gastro-beasts. Tighten the chain on the pitbull in the stomach pit with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at eCITIE Restaurant & Bar, located in Tysons Corner. This Groupon is valid towards eCITIE's happy hour, but not with any other offers. The dining room is open Tuesday through Saturday.
eCITIE revives the feel of the restaurant–dance club hybrids of New York's nightlife in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but without the uncomfortable interactions with Truman Capote. Before hitting eCITIE's dance floor for shaking and sashaying, diners can enter the art-bedecked and red-carpeted dining room to feast on eCITIE's selection of upscale eats, coordinated and coerced into deliciousness by executive chef Eric P. Sloman. Sink your hunger hook into a seafood starter, such as the crabcakes ($10.50) or spicy calamari ($7.50), or enjoy the apples and creamy lemon thyme dressing of the eCITIE salad ($5.95) or the empirical overtones of the classic Caesar salad ($6.95). eCITIE's entrees include an ocean medley ($15.95) with seared salmon, tuna, and sea scallops; a lobster pad thai ($19.50 for full portion) tossed with the Maine mainstay; and a classic filet mignon ($18.95) served with steamed broccoli and potatoes au gratin. If you and your crew of cronies opt to stick it out by eCITIE's alcohol fountainhead, a generous bar menu is available, which includes a vegetarian pizza ($8.25) topped with olives and spinach, an 8-ounce Angus hamburger ($7.50), and tenderloin tips ($8.50), as well as a fully stocked sushi bar open until close.
When the anguished yelps of appetites answered, you'll be ready to hit eCITIE's dance floor to show off the skills you learned during those childhood summers at dance camp. DJs spin the beloved hits of Motown, disco, and the '80s, along with Top 40 and high-energy dance hits from this millennium. Salsa dance lessons are also taught every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Grab your eating shoes and dancing bib, and hit eCITIE for masterful meal-accompanied movement.
Yelpers give eCITIE three stars, and OpenTablers give 3.8, mostly praising the inventive food but polarized in regard to the crowd. Washingtonian magazine delivers an all-out rave whereas the Washington Post was also put off by the awkward balance of nightclub and elegant dining, citing one standout dish as:
- A moment of grace in the middle of a three-ring circus. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
High-backed, black leather sectional sofas set the stage for seriously fun lounging at the expansive, sprawling Iris Lounge. The sultrily, dimly lit nightspot features drooping lamps that spill red light across the lounge's four red-felted billiards tables as a weekend DJ spins floor-filling party anthems. Throughout the week, salsa, live jazz, and ladies’ nights entertain patrons who would otherwise keep occupied by luring skunks into the crawlspaces of neighbors’ homes. An exclusive members' only cigar bar offers up vintage scotches for smokers, and a menu offers calamari, crab cakes, and customizable grilled cheeses.
8300 Tyco Rd.
Tysons Corner, Virginia 22102Get Directions