Where Washington - - FOOD -

AC­QUA AL 2 Ital­ian

Restau­rant of chef- owner Ari Ge­j­den­son with recipes like beef fil­let with blue­berry sauce, grilled egg­plant, parme­san cheese ap­pe­tiz­ers plus soups and sal­ads. L ( Tu-Sa), D (daily). 212 Sev­enth St. SE, 202.525.4375

AMBAR Balkan

A Bel­grade orig­i­nal in D.C. with com­mu­nal ta­bles, cop­per-top bar and Mediter­ranean decor. Ser­bia meets New World in slow- cooked meats and mezze, white veal soup and cheese pie. Balkan wines and beers, 30 va­ri­eties of Ser­bian Rakia. Bar late. Hours vary by lo­ca­tion. 523 Eighth St. SE, 202.813.3039 Metro: East­ern Mar­ket; 2901 Wil­son Blvd., 703.875.9663 Metro: Claren­don

CAFE BER­LIN Ger­man & Euro­pean

In three for­mer town houses, tra­di­tional and light fare: schnitzels, pork medal­lions, goulasch. House­made tra­di­tional cakes and tarts. Ger­man wines and beers. Pop­u­lar side­walk ta­bles in good weather. L (M- F), D (daily), Br (Su). 322 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NE, 202.543.7656 Metro: Union Sta­tion


DC’s Scott Drewno ( The Source) and Danny Kim

(Mandu) join­ing forces for Chinese and Korean fla­vors in cumin lamb stir-fry, pork and kim­chi pot­stick­ers, rib eye with rice cakes. Veg­e­tar­ian, gluten-free. “Kitchen Counter” with views of the ac­tion for up to four (re­serve on­line). “Af­ter Dark” se­ries with guest chefs and tast­ing menus. Check sched­ule on­line. D (daily). 423 8th St. SE, 202.558.9934 Metro: East­ern Mar­ket

GAR­RI­SON Amer­i­can

Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica-trained Robert We­land work­ing with lo­cal farms to pro­duce sea­sonal dishes in a warm, wood-ac­cented space. Whole-roasted veg­eta­bles, house­made pas­tas, lo­cally sourced fish and meat. Cock­tail menu, Euro-fo­cused wines. D ( Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 524 Eighth St. SE, 202.506.2445


“Top Chef” con­tes­tant Spike Men­del­sohn’s spe­cialty burg­ers, hand- cut fries, old-fash­ioned shakes. Mod­ern-rus­tic counter ser­vice, com­mu­nal ta­ble, cell phone charg­ing sta­tions. L, D (M-Sa); Air­port B, L, D (daily). 303 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. SE, 202.543.8222 Metro: Capi­tol South; 2110 Crys­tal Drive, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.415.4663 Metro: Crys­tal City


James Beard Award­win­ner 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. Same menu in bar for less. Reser­va­tions re­quired via web­site, five weeks in ad­vance. D ( Tu- F). 715 Eighth St. SE, 202.595.7375

ROSE’S LUX­URY Amer­i­can

In a Bar­racks Row “farm­house,” Miche­lin-starred, no-reser­va­tions spot for small plates (pork and ly­chee salad, clams and white wine) or fam­ily-style meals (fried chicken). Up­stairs bar (same food). D (M-Sa). 717 Eighth St. SE, 202.580.8889

TED’S BUL­LETIN Amer­i­can

Lively spot with vin­tage decor and leather booths. All- day break­fast, bar­be­cue, chili, “sup­per” dishes. Pas­tries like pies and “pop tarts.” Bar with milk­shakes, malts and cock­tails. B, L, D (daily). 505 8th St. SE, 202.544.8337 Metro: East­ern Mar­ket; 1818 14th St. NW, 202.265.8337; 11948 Mar­ket St., Re­ston, Va.; 2911 Dis­trict Ave., Fair­fax, Va., 571.830.6680

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