"Can you recommend a restaurant?" It seems hardly a day goes by that you're not hearing about a new restaurant, lounge, or bar opening up, making your recommendation to someone even harder. Try these 6 fairly new spots around town and feel safe giving them the thumbs up to others.
The new Mount Vernon Triangle restaurant was designed by owner Reza Akhvavan and includes tables made out of metal tubing, exposed brick and wood, original plaster and concrete floors. About 80 percent of the restaurant is fashioned from reclaimed materials. The bar stays open late for drinkers in the growing neighborhood.
This spot has all the latest rustic-chic trends du jour: wood and stone walls, a copper bar top, and Prohibition-era black and white photos. A beer-centric restaurant that brings a large lineup of brews (40 TAPS!) and a hearty menu to Penn Quarter. The menu includes mussels, brick oven pizzas, and flatbreads. "Craftwiches"—all served with duck fat fries or a salad. Appetizers unique to the D.C. outpost include foie gras French toast and sweet corn and crab hush puppies.
Former Brasserie Beck beer guy Thor Cheston is one of the many talents behind this funky neighborhood pub/restaurant. This spot has been winning over patrons with its unique beer program and its take on Chik-fil-A's classic sandwich.
Husband-and-wife team Swati Bose and Kabir Amir have opened a European-style neighborhood wine bar. Look for interesting items from Greece and the Balkans, as the menu, helmed by executive chef Bradley Curtis, is heavier on starters and desserts than main courses, making this a perfect pre-dinner or post-dinner destination.
Head to this downtown seafood spot and sit at the ice bar, in the window or inside (by the fireplace), for fresh oysters & clams. Enjoy an eclectic mix of favorite small plates, ceviches, sandwiches and main plates inspired by DC's international vibe.