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Red Hen’s Mike Fried­man does it again with clas­sic Ital­ian com­fort dishes at this eatery in Shaw. One of the most talked-about is the egg­plant Parme­san, whose recipe comes from the chef’s mother. There’s also an as­sort­ment of piz­zas, which you can or­der for take­out, and Ital­ian del­i­ca­cies, like rain­bow cookie cake.

1250 Ninth St. NW, 202-849-6174; allpur­posedc.com


Renowned Wash­ing­ton restau­ra­teur Mike Is­abella brings a mix of Span­ish and North African food to Mount Ver­non Square. Menu items in­clude aged duck bomba rice, lamb ribs, and fried cau­li­flower. In keep­ing with a fa­vorite DC tra­di­tion, this restau­rant also serves brunch. 901 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NW, 202-869-3300; ar­rozbymic.com


Plan­ning on dinner here? You’d bet­ter get in line early... like 3:15 PM early. This Filipino restau­rant in Columbia Heights has lim­ited first­come, first-served seat­ing, but take it from us: the wait is worth it. Chef Tom Cu­nanan cooks soul-sat­is­fy­ing eats, such as squid adobo, and the cock­tails, like the fiery Chili Manilli, are a must-try. 3226 11th St. NW, no phone; bad­saintdc.com


This Miche­lin-starred farm-to-ta­ble fa­vorite in the Park Hy­att ho­tel of­fers break­fast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Its ever-evolv­ing sea­sonal menu cap­tures the spirit of the mid-At­lantic re­gion, with lo­cally in­spired en­trées and de­li­cious share­able sides. Seafood lovers should con­sider or­der­ing the whole fish—it’s a pas­sion point for chef de cui­sine Brad De­boy. 1201 24th St. NW, 202-419-6755; blue­duck­tav­ern.com


Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years serv­ing “up­scale Ital­ian” in Ge­orge­town, Cafe Mi­lano is a mag­net for some of the city’s movers and shak­ers. It’s not at all un­com­mon to spot mem­bers of DC’s top brass (such as the Bi­dens or Nancy Pelosi) en­joy­ing a lunch or off-the-clock dinner among the in­flu­en­tial crowd of regulars and celebrity vis­i­tors. 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202-333-6183; cafemi­lano.com


Chef Amy Brandwein is home­grown tal­ent, and she has a pas­sion for authen­tic Ital­ian cook­ing. Each dish uses lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents tied to the sea­son. The ad­join­ing Ital­ian mar­ket is an easy way to bring authen­tic Ital­ian cui­sine into your kitchen, too. 974 Palmer Al­ley NW, 202-898-2426; cen­troli­nadc.com


Derek Brown has trans­formed a small, seated bar ex­pe­ri­ence into a full-fledged tast­ing room. The three-course cock­tail tast­ing by bar­tender JP Fether­ston in­cludes drinks like the Su­gar­ing Sea­son, a Cana­dian rye whisky cock­tail with dry ver­mouth, fresh ap­ple juice, maple syrup, herbs, and acorn. IN­SIDER TIP: Walk-ins are wel­come, but it’s bet­ter to se­cure a spot with ad­vance on­line book­ing. 124 Blag­den Al­ley NW, 202316-9396; columbia­roomdc.com


In­ter­na­tional street food makes its way into owner Rose Pre­vite’s kitchen. In­flu­enced by Pre­vite’s world trav­els, dishes here in­clude lamb kefta from Le­banon and kakuni steamed buns from Ja­pan. 1346 T St. NW, 202-5964765; com­pass­rosedc.com


The Dab­ney em­pha­sizes all things mid-At­lantic, with a menu that show­cases some of the re­gion’s finest farms and food pur­vey­ors. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne over­sees a staff of cooks com­mit­ted to fresh and lo­cal food, and from his perch he can see al­most ev­ery­one in the din­ing room. 122 Blag­den Al­ley NW, 202-450-1015; thed­ab­ney.com


Holy mole! This restau­rant cap­tures the essence and fla­vors of Oax­aca and has the largest se­lec­tion of mez­cals in DC. Bar­tender Me­gan Barnes will help steer you through the many pages of the drinks menu, and for dinner there are moles rep­re­sen­ta­tive of tra­di­tional Mex­i­can cui­sine. 1250 Ninth St. NW, 202-621-9695; es­pi­tadc.com


This down­stairs Ge­orge­town gem is the go-to place for Ital­ian com­fort food. The spicy shrimp ap­pe­tizer is a must, and you can’t go wrong with any of the homemade pasta dishes. For more di­rec­tion, just ask which pasta was made fresh that day (the se­lec­tion ro­tates daily). 1063 Wis­con­sin Ave. NW, 202-338-8800; filomena.com


This Miche­lin-starred Ital­ian fa­vorite in Penn Quar­ter makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances atop restau­rant rat­ing lists across the city, so it’s no won­der it’s the flag­ship restau­rant of DC power duo Fabio and Maria Traboc­chi, who also own Fi­ola Mare in Ge­orge­town, Casa Luca near Mount Ver­non Square, and the newly opened Sfoglina in Cleve­land Park. IN­SIDER TIP: The lob­ster ravi­oli is a can’t-miss. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-628-2888; fi­o­ladc.com


Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Rob Rubba serves medium-size plates at his per­son­al­ized Shaw restau­rant. A foodie fa­vorite that of­fers sticky-crunchy ribs and zuc­chini bread, it also has a se­lec­tion of hand­crafted cock­tails such as the Mis­ta­dobalina: Meletti amaro, grape­fruit juice, and sparkling wine. 808 V St. NW, 202-847-4980; hazel­restau­rant.com


The restau­rant named af­ter the Ja­panese word for se­cret has a daily-chang­ing menu. The Ja­pane­sein­spired cui­sine also boasts Latin Amer­i­can and South­east Asian fla­vors. Ar­rive at the quaint space early, as they ac­cept walk-ins only. 828 Up­shur St. NW; him­it­sudc.com


This small-plates fa­vorite has one of the best out­door pa­tios in all of Wash­ing­ton, DC. The rus­tic, Ital­ian­in­spired farm-to-ta­ble menu changes sea­son­ally, but if you ever see a ver­sion of bur­rata or ca­cio e pepe while you’re there, def­i­nitely or­der it. 1734 N St. NW, 202-524-5202; iron­gater­estau­rantdc.com


José An­drés’s vi­brant and art­fully dec­o­rated small-plates lounge has been a Penn Quar­ter fix­ture for nearly 25 years. The lomo de buey con piquil­los (grilled hanger steak with con­fit piquillo pep­pers) and arroz cre­moso de se­tas (creamy rice with sea­sonal mush­rooms and Idi­azábal cheese) are Capi­tol File fa­vorites. 480 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-628-7949; jaleo.com


This “mod­ernist Amer­i­can” spot is the more ca­sual of the two Mount Ver­non restau­rants owned by James Beard Award­win­ning chef Eric Ziebold (for­merly of Ci­tyZen and Per Se). Lo­cated at street level, the restau­rant fea­tures an à la carte menu serv­ing just over 70 seats in a his­toric Sev­enth Street build­ing. The Maine lob­ster French toast is one of the most buzzed-about dishes. 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-737-7700; kin­shipdc.com


If there’s one con­stant to the ever-chang­ing neigh­bor­hood of Dupont Cir­cle, it’s this Amer­i­can Mediter­ranean restau­rant run by chef and owner Johnny Mo­nis. You’ll quickly lose count of the dishes that come out of the kitchen as part of the tast­ing menu ($150 per per­son), which cul­mi­nates with a fam­ily-style goat feast. 1509 17th St. NW, 202-3329200; komirestau­rant.com


The Hay-Adams ho­tel of­fers re­fined con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can fare at its fine-din­ing restau­rant, with cock­tails at its bar, Off the Record. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600; hayadams.com


Here you’ll find a lit­tle bit of France tucked into a cor­ner café along DC’s bustling 14th Street cor­ri­dor. “Le Dip,” as it’s lov­ingly called, fea­tures deca­dent French clas­sics, one of the city’s best brunches, and an im­pres­sive menu of fruits de mer—not to men­tion a din­ing room chock-full of Wash­ing­ton no­ta­bles. 1601 14th St. NW, 202-3323333; lediplo­mat­edc.com


Maketto may just be the coolest hang­out in Wash­ing­ton, DC. In fact, don’t come here when you’re in a hurry, be­cause the restau­rant will cause you to linger. There’s Vig­i­lante Cof­fee up­stairs, and the bar is a see-and-be-seen spot. But the real magic is out back, be­yond the court­yard, where chefs Erik BrunerYang and James Wozniuk cook Tai­wanese- and Cam­bo­dian-style. Just be sure you or­der the Tai­wanese fried chicken. It’s al­ready a dish with a cult fol­low­ing. 1351 H St. NE, 202-8389972; maketto1351.com


This Miche­lin-starred fa­vorite from James Beard Foun­da­tion Ris­ing Star nom­i­nee Nick Ste­fanelli of­fers the Bal­ti­more na­tive’s mod­ern take on clas­sic Ital­ian fare, with well-crafted prix-fixe and tast­ing menus. The set­ting com­bines the in­dus­trial look of nearby Union Mar­ket and the feel of the Ital­ian coun­try­side. 1340 Fourth St. NE, 202-608-1330; masseria-dc.com


Lo­cated in the his­toric Shaw neigh­bor­hood is this new, hip wine bar opened by som­me­lier Brent Kroll. With a con­stant ro­ta­tion of glasses, guest chefs, and wine­mak­ers, it fea­tures more than 50 wines by the glass and 500 bot­tle la­bels. While sip­ping from the large va­ri­ety, wine lovers can also en­joy sea­sonal bites. 1336 Ninth St. NW; maxwelld­cwine.com


Lo­cated down­stairs from Kin­ship, Métier is the re­al­iza­tion of chef Eric Ziebold’s culi­nary am­bi­tions: It pairs a lux­u­ri­ous tast­ing menu with ex­tra­or­di­nary ser­vice for what he calls “a mag­i­cal, once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.” Yes, there is a dress code, but it’s doable (jack­ets for the guys). 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-737-7500; metierdc.com


This in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned din­ing con­cept by José An­drés is among the most cov­eted reser­va­tions in Wash­ing­ton: It ac­com­mo­dates just six—yes, six—pa­trons per seat­ing (and there are only two per night!) at the restau­rant’s lone com­mu­nal ta­ble. The meal takes the form of 25 to 30 mini cour­ses. IN­SIDER TIP: Par­ties of six can also re­serve the ad­ja­cent pri­vate din­ing room, which pro­vides an even more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence. 855 E St. NW, 202-393-0812; mini­bar­byjose­an­dres.com


Fresh pasta is one of the main draws of this Ital­ian eatery from chef Michael White, but pas­try chef Alex Levin, who spe­cial­izes in the cui­sine of the Emilia-Ro­magna re­gion, is no slouch: Each dessert is packed with in­ge­nu­ity, tex­ture, and fla­vor, in­clud­ing his peanut-but­ter-and-cho­co­late budino. 301 Wa­ter St. SE #109, 202484-0660; os­te­ri­amor­ini.com/ wash­ing­ton-dc


“Lav­ish” is the only word to de­scribe the 13-course tast­ing menu at Pineap­ple and Pearls. Chef Aaron Sil­ver­man strives to pam­per din­ers with dishes like white as­para­gus okonomiyaki and blue-rib­bon bone mar­row. The restau­rant has three on­line-tick­eted ex­pe­ri­ences: din­ing room, chef’s counter, and bar ser­vice. The first two are priced at $250 per per­son and in­clude bev­er­ages; the third is $150 per per­son and does not. 715 Eighth St. SE, 202595-7375; pineap­ple­and­pearls.com


DC’s only Forbes five-star restau­rant, Plume is in­spired by Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gar­dens at Mon­ti­cello. Tucked in­side the Jefferson Ho­tel, this resto of­fers din­ers a choice of sea­sonal prix-fixe or tast­ing menus. 1200 16th St. NW, 202-448-2300; plumedc.com


A new clas­sic Ital­ian hot spot has opened its doors in Adams Morgan. In an in­ti­mate space that serves brunch, dinner, and plenty of wine and cock­tails, this venue in­cludes dishes like veal saltim­bocca and sword­fish pic­cata. Don’t miss the de­li­cious pis­ta­chio can­noli. 2435 18th St. NW, 202-7910298; rosar­i­odc.com


This nau­ti­cal restau­rant brings fla­vors of New Eng­land and the Ch­e­sa­peake to DC’s south­east wa­ter­front. The menu fea­tures a clas­sic lob­ster roll, crispy-skin rock­fish, and scal­lops with goose­berry chut­ney. Top off your meal with the fluffer­nut­ter milk­shake (it comes with a dough­nut). 79 Po­tomac Ave. SE, 202-506-2368; the­salt­line.com


Broth­ers and ex­ec­u­tive chefs Piter and Handry Tjan lead this DC sushi pow­er­house, where they aim to honor and en­hance the tra­di­tional way of mak­ing and serv­ing sushi. IN­SIDER TIP: The team’s new $40 Ja­panese whiskey flights fea­ture three one-ounce pours of pre­mium Ja­panese whiskeys. 5455 Wis­con­sin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-9611644; sushiko­restau­rants.com


This isn’t your av­er­age sushi spot. Nobu Ya­mazaki is on a mis­sion to re­de­fine Ja­panese cook­ing in DC, and there is no bet­ter place to ex­pe­ri­ence that than at Sushi Taro’s Omakase Counter. The reser­va­tion-only counter takes you through a fun, in­ter­ac­tive tast­ing course. 1503 17th St. NW, 202-4628999; sushi­taro.com


Own­ers Jon Sy­bert, Jill Tyler, and

Bill Jensen—veter­ans of Komi and Lit­tle Serow—pull out all the stops. In their first year of op­er­a­tion, they’ve earned cus­tomer loy­alty with de­tailed ser­vice and dishes like the lamb ribs served with root veg­eta­bles, pick­led mus­tard seeds, and salsa verde. 1827 Adams Mill Road NW, 202-986-9600; tailup­goat.com


Chef Seng Luan­grath treats her din­ers like fam­ily, serv­ing up Lao­tian fa­vorites like her Lao curry puff (a cur­ried potato dish served with sweet-and-sour sauce) and the naem khao (a crispy co­conut rice with lime, scal­lions, sour pork, peanuts, and cilantro, wrapped in let­tuce). 3462 14th St. NW, 202-387-5426; thip­khao.com


Hong Kong’s electrifying cui­sine comes to Shaw. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Irvin Van Oordt brings a new take on tra­di­tional Can­tonese dishes. The fun-filled cock­tails in­clude in­gre­di­ents used in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine to rem­edy what ails you. 922 N St. NW, 202-733-1152; tiger­forkdc.com


Sit­u­ated within the newly ren­o­vated St. Gre­gory Ho­tel, this restau­rant has as­sem­bled a menu that pulls from var­i­ous re­gions of the Mediter­ranean, in­clud­ing Italy, Greece, and the Mid­dle East. IN­SIDER TIP: A Cru­vinet tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled wine-keeper sys­tem stores six pre­mium wines that guests can en­joy by the glass or half-glass. 2033 M St. NW, 202-888-2899; tredi­cidc.com


A 22-seat bar and a 44-seat din­ing room, lo­cated in a his­tor­i­cal in­dus­trial build­ing at DC’s Navy Yard, over­look the wa­ter­front and park. Serv­ing up lo­cal fa­vorites from oys­ters and

seafood tow­ers to fam­ily-style seafood risotto, this restau­rant is sure to de­liver a sea­side feel. 301 Wa­ter St. SE, 202-484-8800; wha­leysdc.com

Tiger Fork is a lit­tle bit Can­tonese, a lit­tle bit mod­ern DC, and even a lit­tle bit of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine.

Mac­arons from Ladurée’s Ge­orge­town shop.

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