Your Washington, D.C. Birthday Agenda (No Matter Your Celebrating Style)

We made the plans, now you bring the balloons

Even if you're not celebrating this month, chances are you know someone who is. Here's where to go in Washington, D.C. for dinner, the place to source dessert and a fresh list of gift ideas.

Where to Eat

For a Dressed-Up Affair: Pineapple & Pearls

It's time you take yourself to this two-Michelin star restaurant, and there's no better justification for splurging than the words birthday dinner. Get ready for a 10-course menu you'll still be remembering come next year. 

The Hard-to-Get-Into It Restaurant: Brothers & Sisters

Shake off those misconceptions you have about hotel restaurants, because at Erik Bruner-Yang's newest spot, you'll be dining on chicharon with nori and French onion dip, octopus hot dogs, and bigeye tuna crudo with white soy. 

For a Milestone Birthday: Bresca

The best way to ensure a table at one of D.C.'s hottest restaurants? Renting out the whole dining room for up to 70 of your friends, so you can enjoy both the company and chef Ryan Ratino's foie gras "PB&J" madeleines.

A Cocktail Spot for a Small Group: Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Slide into a leather banquette or belly up to the wooden bar, where you and your friends will be greeted by a library of more than 2,700 whiskey bottles lining the shelves of this multistory haunt.

Something More Casual: Chloe

In a city known for power lunches and gilded steakhouses, Chloe is the special restaurant that fits every occasion. Splurging for a starter of seared Maine scallops before following up with a grilled Berkshire pork chop will keep both your stomach and wallet satisfied. 

Where to Get the Cake

Buttercream Bakeshop

This "small but mighty" bakeshop doesn't just churn out flaky kouign-amann and airy croissants: Its rise to sugary fame is thanks in part to its custom, decked-out cakes that have no problem backing up their outer appearances.

What to Gift

Products we have our eyes on that will help your friend (or yourself) live more deliciously.  

Butter Pat Cast-Iron Pan

This chef-approved take on the kitchen staple is deceptively light, questionably thin around the edges and looks more like a bronzed antique than something capable of everything cast-iron pans are known and loved for. It even has a 100-year warranty, in case you have any doubts.

Steeped Coffee Tea Bags

This one is for those who know the best gift is that of a seamless morning routine. This newly launched subscription service supplies packets that look like Earl Grey but taste like a coffee shop-level morning brew.

To'ak Chocolate

Nothing says "I appreciate your existence" like the most expensive chocolate in the world. The company treats chocolate making the same way winemakers or distillers approach their spirits, and no two batches are the same.