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11 New-ish D.C. Restaurant Openings We’re Excited About

The District has a rapidly-changing food and beverage scene. There are so many new restaurants and bars opening that the Bitches can barely keep up! Here are few recent openings and more to come that we’re psyched about.

Already Open

Officina

Nick Stefanelli’s market-trattoria duo is elevating casual Italian dining. The multi-purpose restaurant and grocer can fulfill your desire for a simple espresso or some of the best homemade pasta in town. Read our brunch review, here.

Officina, 1120 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. (202) 747-5222

 

Green Almond Pantry

Green Almond Pantry reminds us what food made with love really tastes like. The perfectly prepared foods are ideal to take away for dinner at home, a hosted event, or to stop by for a light bite. Simplicity goes a long way at this little shop in Shaw.

Green Almond Pantry1314 9th St NW, Washington, D.C.

 

A Taste of Urbanspace

The infamous Tyson Corner’s food hall has come to close—and for good reason. The trusty individuals behind NYC’s Urbanspace have come to the rescue to give NoVA residents some of the best in food stall sorcery. Some of our favorites like Donburi and Ice Cream Jubilee are already there.

A Taste of Urbanspace, 2001 International Drive Third Floor, McLean, VA, (703) 349-2572

Tiki TNT

We always welcome a funky beverage concept to our very serious, diplomatic city. Tiki TNT offers major luau vibes with tiki lighting, and cozy blankets warm. The water-side restaurant on The Wharf has an impressive Thrasher’s rum cocktail selection — watch out for those Rum In Cokes! — and they also serve brunch. Check out our brunch review, here.

Tiki TNT, 1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. (202) 900-4786

 

Bombay Street Food

There simply are not enough great, casual Indian restaurants, so we’re intrigued by folks who say they have something new to bring that’s just as good. Owner Asad Sheikh pays homage to the street fare he grew up eating.

Bombay Street Food, 1413 Park Rd NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 758-2415

 

Coconut Club

Northeast D.C. has transformed right under our noses. Coconut Club is another destination Union Market offering libations of tropical proportions. You’ll find rum cocktails served in a coconut and frozen cocktails at Chef Adam Greenberg’s Instagram-friendly spot.

Coconut Club, 540 Penn St NE, Washington, D.C. (202) 544-5500

 

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Boqueria

The trendy tapas establishment is scheduled to open its second location downtown March 4, and it should be at the top of your list for bottomless brunches galore. Read our brunch review of the Dupont location, here.

Boqueria, 777 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 552-3268

 

High Street Cafe

On the iconic corner of Wisconsin and N streets NW lies a restaurant with a cozy cafe concept during the day and a wine program by night. With Latin American influences from executive chef Gerard Cribbin, this spot has a lot to offer in terms of provisions for Georgetown.

High Street Cafe, 1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 333-0256

Sonny’s

The guys behind the good old Colony Club in Columbia Heights are making the neighborhood a little more whole. They’ll be opening a new NY-inspired pizza concept, Sonny’s. The grandma-style pizza will be served in an atmosphere that resembles the young baller 1970s. The fun foods and vibrant beverage program don’t stop there since they have a speakeasy-esque bar attached to the restaurant, No Kisses Bar. The summer months can’t come soon enough because they also have a small beer garden on their patio beyond No Kisses. This spot has got it all. Check out our preview, here.

Sonny’s, 3120 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Hanumanh

D.C. residents are lucky to be surrounded by such ethnic foods of all kinds. The Laotian hotspot Thip Khao is giving us another reason to be thankful, as their sister restaurant, Hanumanh, is coming soon to the Shaw neighborhood. We’re eagerly awaiting an updated timeline.

Hanumanh, 1604 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.  No phone yet.

 

Imperial

Jack Rose Dining Saloon is an AdMo staple. These folks are bringing their beverage knowledge to a three-story restaurant and bar. We’re pretty excited to see how they curate the food, the brighter space, and of course, the drinks.

Imperial, 2001 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 

 

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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