For most people, Sundays are a time to rest, spend time with friends and family, and maybe hit the city for a relaxing brunch. The evenings, in particular, are ideal for pausing over a meal and recharging for the week ahead. That doesn’t mean you need to spend the last hours of your weekend cooking and cleaning, though. There are several D.C. restaurants with special menus available on Sunday nights only, designed to be an easy and affordable way to close out the week. Here are a few spots.
1099 New York Ave. NW
Sundays and Italian feasting are a classic pairing. Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca has created Nonna Palmina Night, which is held weekly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The $42 per person menu includes wine and three family-style courses. Dishes include a Caesar salad, gnocchi with Parmesan, and short rib with roasted squash and polenta. It finishes off with an indulgent tiramisu. And the price point is much less than a typical visit would cost.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Each Sunday night at 8 p.m., District Commons offers a “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner” plate for $12 a person. The dish comes with cast iron fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Other nights feature different dishes, like shepherd’s pie on Wednesdays and “Quebecoise” poutine on Fridays.
Hank’s Pasta Bar
600 Montgomery St., Alexandria
This neighborhood pasta house hosts a build-your-own pasta night each Sunday. Start with pasta like fettucine, mafalde, spaghetti or casarecce and pair them with marinara, Parmesan creame or simple olive oil sauce. Next, mix in two vegetable add ins as well as a protien choice of chicken, shrimp, sausage or mussels. The three-course meal (it comes with garden salad and tiramisu ) is priced at $60 for four people, $85 for six people, and $100 for eight people.
Kingbird at The Wategergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Ave. NW
Kingbird restaurant is one of the fancier dining rooms in D.C., but on Sunday it goes for a more casual approach with its “Sunday Supper” series. The weekly series starts at 6:30 p.m. and features multi-course meals for $38 to $50 a person. They’ll feature comfort foods like roast sirloin with Ceasar salad and Yorkshire pudding or lasagna Bolognese with antipasta and tiramisu for dessert. Everything is served family-style at a large communal table. Call or email for details.
911 King St., Alexandria
Sunday Supper is part of the weekly specials at this upscale Old Town Alexandria diner. The $24.95 meal begins with corn muffins and a choice of soup or salad before moving to fried chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and mincemeat pie for dessert. It’s a crowd pleasing spread at a price that won’t bust budgets before the week even starts.