724 9th St., Opening: Winter Spanish meets Japanese cuisine at this Penn Quarter spot from chef Pepe Monday, who comes to DC from Singapore with a Michelin-riddled resume. The à la carte and “Spanish Kaiser” (i.e. tasting) menus will feature dishes like a baby shrimp tort with tamarind Romeo as well as patron peppers with sesame sauce and bonito flakes.
Penny royal will be open all day, offering buttered biscuits with fried chicken in the mornings and mac and cheese with smoked brisket and bone marrow at dinner. 1451 Maryland Ave., Reopening: Spring Chef Suresh Sundas and barman Dante Data met as part of the opening team at Asia West End.
Call Your Mother and Timber Pizza’s Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira are opening a “sorta South American” restaurant next. 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, Opening: March Andrew Dana and Daniela Moreira have built quite the following for their “Jewish” deli bagels at Call Your Mother and “Neapolitan-ish” pies at Timber Pizza.
For their next act, they’re opening a “sorta South American” all-day café, restaurant, and bar inspired by Moreira’s Argentinian roots. The duo have tapped former DOI Moi chef Johanna Hellish to oversee a menu with açai bowls and empanadas and barman Micah Wilder to stir up Argentinian aperitif and other tropical cocktails.
3400 11th St., Opening: Late January Former Amaretto and Spoken English chef James Wozniak is diving into Malaysian food at his new Columbia Heights restaurant (and already-open sports bar, Thirsty Crow, downstairs). But there’s a lot to look forward to at this particular “culinary clubhouse” from Neighborhood Restaurant Group (the folks behind Iron Gate, The Partisan, Bluejacket, among others).
The 12,500-square-foot space will bring together 12 concepts, including an all-day coffee shop, a sushi counter from the siblings behind Khaki in Gaithersburg, a red-sauce Italian American joint, a taco spot from Red Apron chef and butcher Nate And, and another location of Red Apron with poutine and charcuterie. 707 6th St., Opening: Winter The team behind DC’s top ramen joints (Daily, Hainan, Bantam King, Hatbox) is branching out beyond noodle soup at this Chinatown spot replacing Graffito.
1440 Eighth St., Opening: January/February Former Hazel chef Rob Rumba has given up meat and teamed up with Studio owner Max Killer (a fellow vegetarian) and bar talent Adam Bernbach to open a place where sustainability is a driving force. Chef Michael Lee Rapid will open Alba in Navy Yard along with homelier Brent Roll, who’s set to debut another Maxwell Park.
Photograph by Scott Such man 1346 Fourth St., Reopening: Winter Chef Michael Lee Rapid created gorgeous (and delicious) plates helming the kitchens of Mike Isabella‘s Arrow and Sequin. He’s also partnering with Maxwell Park owner Brent Roll on an adjoining outpost of the hip Shaw wine bar.
While the majority of visitors come with the unified goal of seeing the monuments, exploring the Smithsonian, and eating Georgetown cupcakes (although Red Velvet Cupcake is better), there are many more gems to discover for those wishing to walk and talk like a local. On those unforgivably hot days traipsing around the National Mall in sweltering heat is the last place you want to find yourself.
The National Mall is undoubtedly the epicenter of tourism, making it difficult to enjoy the monuments leisurely as busloads of sightseers jostle for the best vantage points or congregate on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The backlit monuments guide the way through the National Mall creating a picturesque contrast between the silhouettes and evening sky.
From the Smithsonian metro station, this loop brings you by WashingtonDC’s most celebrated landmarks and takes just over an hour. A limit on building heights enacted in 1910 preserves the city’s open garden character envisioned by Thomas Jefferson.
Bring a waterproof camera to capture scenery from your nautical vantage point, or sit back and let the current rock as you work on a suntan. Running every Friday from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day, Jazz in the Garden is a popular alternative to happy hour throughout summer.
Located in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, the show runs from 5:30-8:30 and is free to attend. If you get peckish, the Pavilion Café hosts an outdoor grill cooking up BBQ sandwiches and jerk chicken, while carts to purchase mimosa pitchers are scattered throughout the garden.
Choose between succulent Steak Writes or Skate Grenoble, or for light fare, take your pick of Salad Lyonnais or a gourmet omelet. Whatever you pick, don’t forget to indulge in dessert, as Le Diplomat’s options are like heaven in your mouth.
The site currently serves as a research ground and intellectual niche for history and landscape design. This institution hosts scholars from around the world and provides resources for research on topics such as the Byzantine Empire, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Design.
Benches scattered throughout the grounds provide peaceful spots to write, draw, or get lost in your thoughts. Boasting elegant aesthetics and natural scenery, the property is the perfect locale for a photo excursion.
The peaceful ambiance brought on by autumn provides a welcome relief from the brutal heat of summer. Fall’s crisp smells and pleasant sweater weather seem to magnify the city’s historical significance as gorgeous foliage accentuates the National Mall and banks of the Potomac.
If you’re looking for a perfectly curated immersion into art and architecture, you’ll want to make your way to Glen stone museum. There are plenty of ways to explore this 446-acre park: brave it on foot, rent a bicycle, or take a tram tour.
To make a full day out of your visit, bring a picnic lunch and eat at the National Grove of State Trees. You can also see the National Bonsai & Pending Museum, visit the Aquatic Garden, or hike the winding network of trails that connect sections of the park.
Billed as one of D.C.’s top dining establishments, Latina offers world-class Mediterranean cuisine at a reasonable price. Savor the splendors of Mediterranean cuisine with Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese influenced mezes (small plates) offered here.
Enjoy the posh modern atmosphere with friends over shared dishes such as oyster Nagasaki, lamb Baha, and mushroom couscous. Latina is also known for its inventive cocktails and unique wines; the knowledgeable staff can offer recommendations based on your palate, so don’t hesitate to ask.
This restaurant offers brunch seating, so you can sip mimosas with your spanakopita and homemade lamb bacon. No matter what time of the day you visit Latina, it’s advisable to call ahead for reservations; the place is quite popular and fills up quickly.
Nearby, the Pavilion Café serves sandwiches, salads, and hot drinks to warm you up after being out on the ice. Union Market offers a plethora of dining options, making it the perfect place to go with a group of people with different preferences.
The most raved-about spots in the market are Peregrine for coffee, Panorama Bakery for pastries, and Rappahannock Oyster Bar for seafood. The casual vibe and diversity of Union Market make it a welcoming place to wander around and try new delicacies.
This is a great time to walk whenever possible; you’ll likely happen upon impromptu concerts or street performances as you go about your day. From the early March to late April, Washington DC holds its breath in anticipation for the peak of the cherry blossoms.
Select from miss salmon, chicken marriage, and rice balls, that can be paired with sake and Japanese beer. While Malaya accepts reservations, Ramen does not, so be prepared for a lengthy wait during peak hours and on weekends.
This series of embassy open house events is your ticket to food, culture, and fun from around the world, without having to board a plane. For convenience, the program provides multiple bus routes to shuttle participants from one end of Embassy Row to the other.