- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2003

Looking for cozy spots ? Here's how to find the nooks and crannies mentioned in the story.

• Capitol Hill Books: 657 C. St. SE. 202/544-1621

• Chi Cha Lounge: 1624 U St. NW. 202/234-8400

• Colorado Kitchen: 5515 Colorado Ave. NW. 202/545-8280

• Florida Avenue Grill: 1100 Florida Ave. NW. 202/265-1586

• Hotel Lombardy: 2019 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/828-2600

• The Lantern Bryn Mawr Bookshop: 3241 P. St. NW. 202/333-3222

• Morrison-Clark Inn: 1019 L St. NW. 202/898-1200

• Mount Pleasant Library: 3160 16th St. NW. 202/ 671-0200

• Second Story Books: 2000 P St. NW. 202/659-8884

• Starbucks Tenleytown: 4513 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/237-9480

• Tabard Inn: 1739 N St. NW. 202/331-8528

And here's a list of some other warm, comfy spaces in and around town.

• Ching Ching Cha: 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW. A Chinese tea house in the midst of Georgetown. At Ching Ching Cha, you can enjoy a Chinese tea ceremony, complete with carefully brewed tea and accouterments. And you get to take off your shoes. 202/333-8288.

• Martin's Tavern: Wisconsin and N streets NW. Martin's, with its dark wood booths and polished bar, is another old song. The Georgetown rendezvous has been around since the 1950s, so it comes by its atmosphere legitimately. Enjoy a burger and a beer. 202/333-7370.

• The Phillips Collection: 1600 21 St. NW. Snug, comfortable, and quirky, the Phillips is filled with nooks, crannies, and small spaces where a browser can linger while surrounded by masterpieces from the late 19th century. 202/387-2157.

• Polly's: 1342 U St. NW. A fireplace, good music, and some of the best burgers in town. 202/265-8385.

• Two Quail: 320 Massachusetts Ave. SE. It's got alcoves, with curtains. What could be better for a romantic rendezvous? 202/543-8080.

• The Washington Dolls' House and Toy Museum: 5236 44th St. NW. A tiny museum that features seven rooms overflowing with dollhouses, toys, and dolls. Be sure to check out the 1890 Mexican mansion and the 1903 New Jersey seaside hotel. A perfect place on a winter afternoon. 202/244-0024.

Lisa Rauschart

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