Chef Erik Bruner-Yang is behind this Tokyo-esque marketplace—“the dude who makes arguably the best ramen in town,” according to critic Tom Sietsema. The communal space houses a coffee shop, designer boutique, and, most importantly, a restaurant, where Taiwanese and Cambodian-inspired dishes shine. Expect dumplings, baos, and wok fried noodles, and do not miss out on dim sum on Sundays.
From Erik Bruner-Yang’s trio of Asian-inflected eateries, to a critically-acclaimed Indian destination, these tables are worth clamoring for, and they’re all New on Resy.
More than a decade after opening, the crown jewel in Ashok Bajaj’s restaurant empire is as delicious as ever. Rasika, which derives from Sanskrit meaning “flavors,” wows with its vibrant and modern takes on Indian fine dining, where even simple chaat and naan will blow you away. Order the eggplant with peanut sauce, black cod, palak chaat, truffle naan, and mango shrimp.
Housed inside the very cool Line Hotel, Brothers and Sisters is an all-day spot where the menu reads backwards, Japanese-style. Helmed by the ever-prolific Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto, Spoken English), the food is an electric mashup of influences, where Pennsylvania chicken is served with a side of fresh wasabi, and takoyaki hushpuppies are a (delicious) thing. Also on the menu: thoughtful cocktails and crave-worthy cakes.
Last but not least in the Bruner-Yang trilogy, Spoken English is an exciting and fast-paced gem, where patrons are literally standing, à la Japanese tachinomiya (aka stand-up bar). On one side of this tiny locale, there are communal tables to fit twelve lucky diners. On the other, there’s an open kitchen spitting out flavor-packed Japanese fare like caviar with seaweed jam, chicken skin dumpling, and durian curry, with sake for good measure.
It’s one thing to have cooked under René Redzepi at his notorious NOMA Tulum pop-up. It’s another to have a mother known as “la madre de mole.” Thankfully for Old Town Alexandria, award-winning chef Alam Méndez is bringing it all to this hip Mexican eatery (the vibe: luchador masks and neon lights), where hand-pressed tortillas made from Oaxacan corn envelop carnitas, octopus, and pastor pork, and cornish hen sits in a pool of black mole.
Drink your way through a stellar variety of German, Belgian, and American beer at Dacha Beer Garden, a haven for hops connoisseurs and neophytes alike. Inspired by the biergartens of Bavaria, this dog-friendly establishment doles out traditional yet locally-sourced plates (currywurst, sausagefest, pretzel with stout beer cheese) alongside a curated selection of local meads, ciders, craft cocktails, and wine.
Power restaurateur Ashok Bajaj sets his sights on the Mediterranean with Olivia, pulling in flavors from Morocco, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal for the power dining Penn Quarter crowd. In the plush and stylish dining room, feast on spiced beef dolmades, Spanish albacore tuna rillettes, braised short rib tagine, and one superb olive oil cake with honey yoghurt.
At her eponymous restaurant, chef Ris Lacoste stays true to the bistro classics her friend Julia Child was so fond of. Indeed, RIS deals in the sort of homestyle fare that’s timeless yet approachable—think French onion soup gratinée, mussels with chorizo and herbs, and chicken pot pie, all within an inviting and elegant backdrop.
A family-friendly restaurant located in Chevy Chase, Little Beast knows a thing or two about bambini and what they like to eat. Pizza and pasta is the M.O. at this colorful locale, which specializes in wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, saucy pasta (get the spicy lamb ragu), and peak-season greens (the brussel sprouts are a must).
A family-owned and market-driven restaurant, Rooster & Owl plays to the tune of the seasons. In the kitchen, chef Yuan Tang works with local ingredients to compose a stunning four-course menu, featuring a bright endive salad with house-made ricotta, lobster étouffée, and praline mousseline with brown butter ice cream. Pro-tip: order the excellent drink pairing for $35.
Just a short drive from the capital lies this lovely French country inn, which seems stuck in the time in the best of ways. Helmed by a native bon vivant, La Ferme promises perfectly executed French classics: grilled Dover sole, truite amandine, ris de veau, and chateaubriand for two, with a Cognac bar and wine by the glass. Pro-tip: whatever you get, keep the bread coming—you’ll want to sop up every last drop of sauce.
As a restaurant incubator, Prequel gives chefs the platform to experiment and try out dishes on diners with a taste for adventure. Currently popping up is Juntos, a high energy Mexican concept where the street tacos are already proving to be popular. Drink-wise, order from Prequel’s extensive barrel-aged cocktail selection (the largest in D.C.), and make sure to stop by for happy hour.
Whisk yourself away to a faraway land at Coconut Club, an island-inspired eatery that promises positive vibes and sunny food. You’re in for poke served with lotus root chips, walu crudo and ahi tuna flown straight from Hawaii, spam fried rice, and a surprising vegan coconut soft-serve.
An unassuming trattoria that oozes with warmth, Dino’s Grotto pays tribute to the simple, honest dishes that make up Italy. Expect local, seasonal, and sustainable plates, like handmade burrata, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, and beef cheek in a rich tomato sauce. It’s food made with love and care, with plenty of wine to boot.
Tucked inside the trendy Squash on Fire sports club, Upper West Side Café makes for the ideal bite pre- or post-squash game. The menu leans on flavors from across the Atlantic, featuring halloumi fries with za’atar, red snapper risotto, and an array of sandwiches, soups, and salads.
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