CAPI­TOL HILL

Where Washington - - FOOD -

AMBAR

Balkan Ivan Iri­canin bring­ing his Bel­grade orig­i­nal to D.C. Ser­bia meets New World in slow- cooked meats and mezze, white veal soup, cheese pie. Balkan wines, beers, 30 va­ri­eties of Serbian rakia. Bar late. Hours vary by location. 523 8th St. SE, 202.813.3039 Metro: Eastern Mar­ket; 2901 Wilson Blvd., Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.975.9663

CAFE BER­LIN

Ger­man & Euro­pean In three for­mer town houses, tra­di­tional and light fare: schnitzels, pork medal­lions, goulasch. House­made cakes, tarts. Ger­man wines and beers. Pop­u­lar side­walk ta­bles. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (daily), Br (Sun.). 322 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NE, 202.543.7656 Metro: Union Sta­tion

GOOD STUFF EATERY

Amer­i­can “Top Chef” con­tes­tant Spike Men­del­sohn’s specialty burg­ers, hand- cut fries, old-fash­ioned shakes. Counter ser­vice, com­mu­nal ta­ble, cell phone charg­ing sta­tions. L& D (Mon.-Sat.). 303 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. SE, 202.543.8222 Metro: Capi­tol South; 2110 Crys­tal Drive, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.415.4663 Metro: Crys­tal City

THE MON­O­CLE RESTAU­RANT

Amer­i­can Since 1960, Valanos fam­ily hos­pi­tal­ity draw­ing politi­cos (JFK, Nixon, women sen­a­tors cau­cus) with crab cakes, rib eye, clas­sic desserts. Bar menu. Valet. L& D (Mon.Fri.). Week­ends for pri­vate events only. 107 D St. NE, 202.546.4488 Metro: Union Sta­tion

PINEAP­PLE AND PEARLS

Amer­i­can James Beard win­ner Aaron Sil­ver­man’s el­e­gant Miche­lin-starred fol­low- up to next door’s Rose’s Lux­ury. Chang­ing tast­ing menu in din­ing room or chef’s counter (roughly 11 cour­ses: $280, tax, tip and drinks in­cluded/$255 non-al­co­holic). Same menu in bar ($180, tax and tip in­cluded, drinks extra). Reservations re­quired via web­site, five weeks in ad­vance. D ( Tues.Fri.). 715 8th St. SE, 202.595.7375 Metro: Eastern Mar­ket

ROSE’S LUX­URY

Amer­i­can In a Bar­racks Row “farm­house,” Miche­lin-starred, no-reservations spot for small plates (pork and ly­chee salad, pop­corn soup with lob­ster, oc­to­pus, pasta) or fam­ily-style meals (smoked brisket, fried chicken). Up­stairs bar (same food). D (Mon.-Sat.). 717 8th St. SE, 202.580.8889 Metro: Eastern Mar­ket

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