Dishes on the pass at The Dabney. Andrew Cebulka.

The Hit ListWashington D.C.

Bindaas, Ten Tigers Parlour, The Shaw Bijou, Now The Resy Hit List


DC’s food scene has had a wonderful run, and it’s nowhere near stopping. Before your New Year’s resolutions kick-in, pick your restaurants and your dishes, wisely. You are where you eat, and it’s time to dig in. Three, two, one: The Resy Hit List is up.

1/Bindaas 2/Ten Tigers Parlour 3/The Shaw Bijou 4/Himitsu 5/Dirty Habit 6/Anxo 7/Bad Saint 8/Haikan 9/Kyirisan 10/The Dabney

1/Bindaas Because "the dish on the edge of everyone’s lips is golgappas," says Washingtonian. The food is so good that another Bindaas is already on the way, and it’s going to be downtown and larger. // Cleveland Park. Book now at Bindaas. 2/Ten Tigers Parlour Because it's a neighborhood bar and dumpling house by chef Tim Ma (hello, Kyirisan) with an opium den feel. You're going to love the teahouse by day and the bao buns, pork soup dumplings, a house signature cocktail, and other beverages by night. // Petworth. (202) 506-2080. 3/The Shaw Bijou Because it's a delicious modern American restaurant that’s finally taking bar walk-ins. Chef Kwame Onwuachi serves an inspired menu from his childhood memories and global cuisine; and the fur chairs are happening. // Shaw. (202) 800-0640. 4/Himitsu Because it's named after the Japanese word for "secret," and the food is Japanese with a mystery twist. Combining freshness, acidity, and herbs, the menu has a heavy lean on Latin American and Southeast Asian flavor profiles. // Petworth. Walk-ins only. 5/Dirty Habit Because Dirty Habit’s patio, deemed Firescape, just opened in what was once the Poste’s winter lounge. On Thursday through Saturday evenings you can expect robes, a fire pit, and three special warm cocktails. // Penn Quarter. (202) 783-6060. 6/Anxo Because it's all about the cider flight. And the fried artichoke with poached egg yolk, jamon Serrano, and chives... Okay, it's all about the pintxos (aka Basque bites). // Truxton Circle. Book now at Anxo. 7/Bad Saint Because The New York Times’ Pete Wells gave this Columbia Heights restaurant a glowing three-star review. Taste that bitter melon stir-fry, the kale and crab laing, and the ginisang tulya (with little neck clams, Chinese sausage, and Sichuan chile), and you'll know the line was worth it. // Columbia Heights. Walk-ins only. 8/Haikan Because Washingtonian gave it two stars for its amazing broth and small plates. And you need the tuna sashimi on a crispy wonton. // Shaw. (202) 299-1000. 9/The Dabney Because it’s a D.C. favorite, and for good reason. With dishes like stunning sweet potato layer cake, it's worth signing on at noon to get a reservation two weeks in advance! // Shaw. Book now at The Dabney. 10/Kyirisan Because Chef Tim Ma serves dishes like pan-seared scallops on coconut risotto, with a scoop of basil ice cream and black truffle congee. Also, the brunch game is strong at this Chinese-French concept. // Shaw. Book now at Kyirisan.