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Cheat Sheet: STK in Dupont Circle

By Rina Rapuano | May 21, 2014 By Rina Rapuano  |  May 21, 2014

The Gist: The steakhouse chain with locations in slick cities like New York City, Vegas and LA has toned down the “female-friendly” tagline, but it still bills itself as “not your daddy’s steakhouse.” Indeed, it's a modernized version that replaces "club" with "clubby" and the same old steakhouse dishes with daring upgrades. 

The Vibe: Clubby-chic, outfitted with a two-sided fireplace, a DJ booth, bowling-pin-shaped white benches, mesh curtains and a wall of white horns behind the bar. Music skews ‘80s.

Eat This: Highlights include the tuna tartare with avocado and a soy-honey emulsion, beef short rib with carrot butterscotch and foie gras French toast with green apple and an almond brioche.

Drink This: The Green Intensity, a cocktail of Absolut Elyx, fresh lime, jalapeno and basil, or a Cloudy Bay 2010 sauvignon blanc.

Skip This: The District Darlin’, a DC-only cocktail made of apple pie moonshine, aperol, lemon, thyme and honey that came off way too sweet.

For Fans of: Oya, Fujimar, POV

The Damage: It’s a steakhouse, so expect steakhouse prices. The most expensive entree - the lobster - costs $72, but we loved the cheap-by-comparison $28 short rib.

The Verdict: It’s a shame that most of the chatter has been about the female-friendly gimmick, because the food is actually quite good. The question remains, though - are they really trying to attract women by using scantily clad ladies in all their marketing materials? 

STK, 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-296-1880

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