Let's take a second to welcome a few thousand idealistic young people who are moving into our fair city. And by idealistic, I mean ambitious. We're getting a new brigade of khaki and lanyard kids who think they can change the world. This time it's making the world a better place with less war and more abortions, instead of vice versa.
Anyhow, these new ivy league educated kids are moving into the more 'urban' areas, such as Columbia Heights, U Street, and probably some in Mt. Pleasant and Petworth. This fact has lead various newspapers and magazines (NYT and Nylon, for starters) to fall all over themselves about the "undiscovered D.C." These articles actually read more like a quick glance at Yelp, but whatevs.
In case you were wondering, here are a couple cool places for the greenhorn politicos just arriving in DC.
Named after Marvin Gaye, this is an overpriced fusion of southern-style American cuisine and Belgian food. It's the new exclusive place to get waffles and fried chicken. Did I mention it's very exclusive? It's also right by Gibson, one of those "speakeasies" that have been popping up all over area. Sorry, it's not a real "speakeasy" because prohibition ended 75 years ago. And you lose all "cred" if you send people text messages when seats are available.
Cork Wine Bar
This is a good wine bar for people to go to if you don't like wine or money. Because here you will spend a lot of money on wine that isn't very good, and you don't even get very decent pours. There's probably a dozen or so wine bars in DC these days, most of which are a better deal than Cork. I know, I know, wine bars by definition are for yuppies and douches, but I like the idea of being able to purchase a glass of wine that I'd never, ever by a bottle of... I'd be okay spending $9-10 for a glass of wine that costs $40-50 per bottle. I'm not okay spending $9-10 for a glass of wine that costs $11 for a bottle at Whole Foods. Yeah, we're on to you, Cork. BUT NYT loves you, as does Washington Post, because you're so so so very hip. Sparky's was better.
And remember, for every paid Obama Administration staffer that moves here, you've got 5 more unemployed kids coming here hoping to get jobs with Obama. A few weeks in, they realize that's NOT how it works, and then they lament about their poor unemployed existence, while mom and dad pay for them to live in their group house in Columbia Heights.
"But I went to Harvard! When I was growing up I was specifically told I could do whatever I want when I grow up! I want to be Sam Seaborn from THE WEST WING!"
Don't worry, they still have enough available credit on their Visa card to go hang out at Tryst to look for jobs on Craigslist and post missed connections.
Gotta keep that D.C economy humming.
Posted by Dave Stroup at 11:21 PM