A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale dinner cuisine at Envoy, located in the Ambassador Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue.
Chef Ismail Oztas caresses elegant herbs into thick slabs of meat and root vegetables until they serenade tonsils with harmonious flavors on Envoy’s dinner menu. Tempt taste buds with pecan-crusted, warm goat-cheese salad ($9), scottish salmon ($23), or veal chops with parmesan potatoes, wild mushroom ragout, and parsley ($29). Sustenance seekers finishing a night at the theater can applaud the short-rib flatbread pizza ($12) after a show, and early-morning masticators savor swan dives into the grand avenue omelet ($8.95), served with a choice of three toppings: brie, prosciutto, cilantro, and buttermilk blue cheese distributed by Smurf Village cheesemongers.
Crisp tablecloths highlight the sparkling chandeliers and gold and azure trim of the elegant dining room. While surfing the complimentary high-speed Internet, all-night folk dancers and buoyant buddies alike can belly flop into one of Envoy’s signature martinis, draft beers, imported wines, or vintage cocktails collected on a 90-year-old drink menu that pre-dates the invention of legalized drinking.
Tucked inside the Ambassador Hotel, Envoy impresses the palates of tourists and locals alike with upscale, homemade food served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Ismail Oztas shows off his talents in the kitchen by arranging perfectly seared diver sea scallops over potato mousseline and heirloom apples, or by whipping up “green eggs and ham,” creatively scrambling the eggs with mascarpone cheese and pesto. After their meal, guests can leave their cushy spot inside the elegant, high-ceilinged dining room for a seat in the lounge. There, bartenders craft 1920s-inspired cocktails, such as mint juleps and sidecars, and enthrall guests with tales from their recent trips back to the 1920s.