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The Hit ListWashington D.C.

Métier, Convivial, Alta Strada, Now on The Resy Hit List

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Well, hello, DC. Here we have the Resy Hit List for our nation’s capital, delivering the intel you need to make prudent dining decisions. Because political parties aside, you are where you eat. Vote with your fork.

1/ Métier
Because experience is key. Enter through a private elevator where Champagne and cocktails await in the Salon Hors d’Oeuvres. Chef Eric Ziebold is bringing a contemporary American restaurant, with a 7-course tasting menu, to DC. Welcome the newest restaurant on the list (as of yesterday). Don’t mind if you do. // Mt. Vernon. Book now at Métier.

2/ Convivial
Because you should taste what the Washington Post calls a “delicious voyage,” led by Chef Cedric Maupillier. Escargot in a blanket is a game changer. But what you actually need is the fried chicken “coq au vin.” Mix it up. // Shaw. Joining Resy TODAY.

3/ Alta Strada
Because this is Chef Michael Schlow’s third DC restaurant (Tico, The Riggsby), serving neighborhood pizzas and pastas by the best in the biz. Word to the wise, house-made ricotta. // Mt. Vernon. (202) 629-4662.

4/ Espita Mezcaleria
Because their website reads, “here we drink mezcal.” Mexican moles excite the palate and a bright decor sets up the fiesta. All of their dishes and drinks begin with respect for the past with a twist of innovation. // Mt. Vernon. (202) 621-9695.

5/ The Dabney 
Because mid-Atlantic-sourced menu will hit your craving for Southern fare again and again. The centerpiece of the restaurant is an open kitchen with a wood-burning fire that shows off the food’s versatility while sticking to the classics. Head over and grab a snack or go family style, you’ll be happy either way. // Shaw. Coming soon to Resy.

6/ Pineapple and Pearls 
Because P&P’s sister is Rose’s Luxury. Right now, only the cafe portion is open but you’ll be hyped by their coffees, pastries, and sandwiches. Mexican hot chocolate roll FTW. In the months to come, the restaurant will open for dinner. // Capitol Hill. Walk-ins only.

7/ Masseria
Because is that FLOTUS under the pergola? Chef Nicholas Stefanelli is setting the vibe to relaxation mode. Have a drink in the courtyard, seasonal ingredients is what it’s all about. Pro tip: every night, for up to 6 guests, there’s 1 Resy at the chefs table. Because you’re worth it. // NoMa. Book now at Masseria.

8/ Kyirisan
Because Southeast Asian and French food is a match made in umami heaven. Seared duck liver with stroopwafel, duck blood caramel, spicy carrot puree and pickled ramps case in point. // Shaw. (202) 525-2942.

9/ Doi Moi
Because each bite served at Doi Moi is the equivalent to eating at a Vietnamese street stand. Vibrancy is key and Chef Haidar Karoum, who was first introduced to Southeast Asian flavors over a decade ago at Asia Nora, has unlocked it. // Logan Circle. Book now at Doi Moi.

10/ Bangkok Joe’s
Because their Thai dumplings are choice and the dessert menu is insane (see Thai pepper créme brûlée with cilantro candy and a chocolate spoon.) Bangkok Joe’s is back people. // Georgetown. (202) 333-4422.

Bonus/ All Purpose
Because the team behind The Red Hen and Boundary Stone are “softly” opening next weekend. The concept? An Italian-American restaurant serving delicious pizzas. Chef Michael Friedman is working with Chef Tiffany MacIsaac (Buttercream Bakeshop) on a “breadier” dough, she is also consulting on the restaurant’s Italian-inspired pastry and dessert menu. // Shaw. Walk-ins only.