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5 New DC Restaurants You Need to Try!

The Rooftop at Embassy Row Hotel
The Rooftop at Embassy Row Hotel

While Summer is heating up in DC, the restaurant business is even hotter! Over the past few months, DC has seen a number of new spots open up. Here are 5 you should visit in the very near future!

The Gryphon (1337 Connecticut Ave., NW)

You might remember this when they first opened as an upscale sports bar. They took a little time off, made some changes, and have reopened as a “meat and raw bar social house.” Enjoy a steakhouse-like menu and stop in on the weekend evenings for a more club-like atmosphere.

Chaplin (1501 Ninth St., NW)

DC's brightest and most creative cocktail creators Ari and Micah Wilder introduce a dazzling new bar and restaurant concept with this bi-level spot, inspired by 1920s Shanghai and Japan. Sit back and be amazed with offerings like a helium-infused libation and dumpling “shooters” inspired by boozy oyster shots. To line the stomach: chilled noodle salads, whole animal roasts, and several varieties of ramen.

The Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel (2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW)

This newly-renovated DC rooftop pool and lounge is the perfect Summer spot! This Dupont hotel allows all-day entry for the public with a $25 guest pass and you can swim, tan, sip your favorite cocktail and sample dishes from chef Carlo de Leon’s menu like fish tacos, crab cakes, and a ramen burger.

Lunchbox (5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW)

Chef Bryan Voltaggio debuts this casual concept to the public! It's sandwich centered and the menu plays to adults and kids alike. Take your time and pick through a creative lineup of sandwiches that include a fried-chicken bánh mì to a veggie “gardener” with grilled avocado and burrata cheese.

Dolcezza 14th Street (1418 14th St., NW)

The fifth location for Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman’s popular shop is just in time for the dog days of Summer in DC! You’ll find the same seasonal lineup of gelatos, sorbetto, and coffees, plus a sidewalk to-go window for grabbing pastries or gelato pops, and a menu of sundaes.

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