D.C. is an fantastic city for eating out, with new restaurants and bars opening each week. With that wealth of choice comes hard decisions – not to mention the challenge of keeping track of what is new and notable. Sometimes it’s easier to settle down at your favorite neighborhood spot rather than fight for the hot new reservation. But if you are looking to switch up your routine, there are a few newcomers that are worth a look. Here are five options to consider for your next meal or cocktail out on the town.
1331 4th St. SE
Haidar Karoum is a name to know in D.C. kitchens. The former executive chef of restaurants including Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi, he is now at the helm of his first solo restaurant. Chloe is located in the Navy Yard neighborhood (close to Nationals Park) and serves small plates and entrees inspired by the flavors of the Mid-Atlantic, Mediterranean, and South Asia. This is a good spot to impress family or an adventurous date without blowing hundreds of dollars.
317 7th St. SE
Dorjee Momo has taken D.C. by storm with its dumplings and Tibetan-inspired street snacks. After popping up in various spots around D.C., it has set up over in Eastern Market for summer. Dishes are priced between $7 and $18, and there will be Sichuan hot pots starting at $35 a person. The hot pot experience requires reservations and is limited to parties of four.
Karma Modern Indian
611 I St. NW
This Indian restaurant hopes to expose D.C. to another side of its country’s rich and flavorful food. The “modern” vibe is reflected in the clean and minimal interior as well as in the expansive bar, where the cocktails are pricey but tasty). Executive chef Ajay Kumar is a New Delhi native whose resume includes designing menus for Washington receptions attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The menu strays a way from the overdone classics of many more casual Indian restaurants. It offers a lot to pick from, and the paneer, the halibut, and the chili “lollipops” are all fine places to start.
Morris American Bar
1020 7th St. NW
The mixology-forward Morris puts the focus squarely on the drinks–and prices are reasonable for D.C. at $12 each. The menu is expected to change monthly, and the March selections have just been release. That said, ordering off the menu is just one path you can take here. The knowledgeable bar staff are always happy to create something to satisfy your cravings–just name spirit and flavor profile and enjoy the result. Adding to that is a whimsical, pastel-washed interior with creative seating and lively soundtrack.
Spark at Engine 12
1626 N. Capitol St. NW
Bloomingdale’s dining scene got a little hotter when Spark opened last month. The restaurant’s retooled menu is designed around Trinidadian recipes and barbecued meats. Come here to dig in to spicy jerk chicken wings or fork-tender oxtail. The red snapper is a can’t-miss item for seafood lovers (not to mention that it looks great on the plate). Spark recently launched weekend brunch in addition to its dinner menu.