Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Where to Eat and Date: Comet Ping Pong

I have been to Comet Ping Pong on dates with no less than four different gentlemen.  I think we can infer from this several things:

- I am apparently very bad at dating
- I've become pretty good at ping pong 
- The pizza at Comet is the stuff dreams are made of
- It's a great place for a low-key date that offers opportunities beyond the typical dinner and drinks routine

As made evident by the name, Comet's gimmick is that it houses several ping pong tables in the back of the restaurant, in addition to one kept on the sidewalk in warmer months (volleying within feet of heavy traffic on Connecticut Avenue: an activity for a soul more confident in their motor control than I).

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The interior has a renovated warehouse feel that manages to pull off both minimalist and festive at the same time, to surprisingly cozy effect.  This juxtaposition of contrasting perspectives continues into the late evening when the ping pong tables are folded up to make way for local punk bands (you can check out upcoming shows on their website or Facebook page).

While D.C. has no shortage of tasty pizza options- Two Amy's, Matchbox, and Ella's among them- Comet is near the top of that delicious, delicious list.  The pizza is thin crust, wood-fired, and is served only in individual sizes, so you can order exactly what you want and not feel obligated to split it with your weirdo date who likes anchovies.  Comet offers gluten-free crust and vegan cheese, and according to their website, nearly all of the food served is farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner.  By going to Comet, you are basically giving the Earth a hug. 

Comet's also a fun place to go hang out even if you're not hungry or if you haven't decided yet whether you like your date enough to pay for dinner.  Order some Allagash White and chat on the bar stools, and if the conversation starts to stall, head on over to the tables for a few games of ping pong.  Especially on the first few dates, it's a great idea to have a built in activity ready to go if needed; even when you're hitting it off with someone, hours upon hours of sitting and talking can start to feel tedious. 

Now, the downside: Comet is a hike to get to if you don't happen to live nearby.  It's about a fifteen minute walk from the Van Ness Metro, but look- walking is good for you!  It burns calories and all that crap, so walk up that hill and then go eat some delicious pizza.  If you want to drive, you can easily find street parking, or you can take the bus- hop on an L1, L2 or L4.

The following comment featured on Comet's website explaining why it's such a good choice for a date puts it best:  "It’s a great chance for each party to prove they don’t take themselves too seriously. I mean, would you really want to date someone who refuses to drink beer and play Ping-Pong?"


  1. Sounds like a great gimmick and I will def check it out! Haha, no worries, I'm as bad at dating as you I guess...sure I'll need the casual place w/ the casual date soon enough!

    1. Hope you like it as much as I do! :)