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Washington. I love the romantic Old World setting, the courtly service and the Indian cooking. Start with the duck kebab. Then check out the herby trout. It’s hard to go wrong on the menu there.

Q: I have a sister visiting during

the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Last time she visited, we managed to get a reservation at the omakase counter at Sushi Taro and she’s still raving about it. This time we weren’t quick enough to get a reservation. I’m hoping we somehow get off the waitlist, but do you have suggestions for a backup? A: I think I have what you’re looking for. Sushiko in Chevy Chase just launched Kobo, a restaurant-within-a-restaurant featuring a dozen (vegan and non-vegan) courses reflective of the season. I have yet to try it, but the menu sounds ambitious.

Q: Where should I go for dinner

within walking distance of the Kennedy Center? A: The best, closest place to eat is the dramatic Kingbird at the Watergate. Its chef previously worked at the very good Blue Duck Tavern. Q: Have you been to either Le

Q: I’m looking for a good

restaurant in the District that would hold a group of about 10, which I would still be able to reserve less than a month out. We are pretty adventurous eaters, although the group includes one or two vegetarians. I would like for it not to be too expensive. Also, I would like to decamp afterward to a nearby bar with good beer. One possibility I was thinking about was Red Hen, followed by a walk to Boundary Stone. A: I like your game plan. Elsewhere in town, you could

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Your best bet for dinner before a Kennedy Center show is the new Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, led by chef Michael Santoro.

start at Estadio for Spanish food and move on to the nearby Churchkey on 14th St. NW. In Georgetown, you could eat at Zannchi for Korean or Casolare for Italian and segue to the Sovereign for Belgian brews.

Q: Where would you go for a

lunch for one, on a weekday, to mark a professional milestone? Preferably somewhere downtown, near Farragut, or an easy walk away. A: Bombay Club never fails to transport me from workaday

Diplomate or Ghibellina recently? I’m taking the family to both next week. A: I was at the bistro not long ago, and it’s as good as ever. Someone told me Le Diplomate does 900 covers some nights, which is just astonishing. The food quality is high there. I haven’t been to Ghibellina recently, but I also haven’t heard anything negative of late. I think you’re good to go! Q: What is your take on Ris? A: It’s a solid neighborhood

restaurant that could use a little polish. I see a name from the news whenever I go there, so that’s always fun.

ideal New Year’s resolutions for restaurant patrons, for restaurateurs and their staffs, and even for restaurant critics? A: Off the top of my (undercaffeinated) head, I hope diners will make it a point to let restaurants know how much they’re valued by praising hardworking servers and managers (and tipping accordingly), and that restaurants will take both noise pollution and food waste more seriously. Bravo to the chefs who already offer halfportions and medium-size plates. As for myself, I hope to drop a few pounds I’ve put on this year, no thanks to the many terrific restaurants I’ve been lucky to cover.  Tom Sietsema hosts a weekly Q&A on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at live.washingtonpost.com.

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