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Whether you're a DC lifer or a tourist in town for the weekend, these restaurants and bars are not to be missed. For a well-rounded tour of our city's cuisine and nightlife, look no further than our list of quintessential Washington establishments:
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DC's Golden Triangle will always be hot due to its proximity to K Street, Dupont and the White House, but there is a lot of excitement in the air with a host of new places joining the old guard restaurants. Here is a look at what's hot, what's new and what's coming to the Triangle:
Upscale gastropub The Gryphon opened in Dupont Circle last night with a VIP Preview Party, in the space that used to be Heritage India (which moved two blocks over to 1633 P St NW). Executive Chef Joseph Evans of sister restaurant Lost Society served up towering plates of bite-sized menu highlights, including gator bites, mini grilled cheese and tomato soup, crawfish mac-n-cheese and barbacoa tator tots con queso. More»
[Clockwise from top left: Jaleo, Vapiano, Raku, Parker's, Cafe Deluxe, Lebanese Taverna]
March Martini Madness is BACK this year at Bethesda Row. The top restaurants in the area are competing for the chance to be crowned "Best Row-tini," but we call it a great opportunity to do a martini crawl. It's also an excuse to take advantage of the area's March shopping deals. More»
Micheal Mina, award-winning chef and and owner of Bourbon Steak, announced that he is transporting Sobel to the West Coast to be his partner and chef at his San Francisco wine bar and resto, RN74. More»
What's more fun than getting friends together for a good meal and some quality face time? Be the talk of town, by hosting a chic dinner party at your place this weekend. Whether you're sending out beautiful invitations or laying out a sophisticated spread, it's the details that really matter. Click through for our tips on how to throw a chic dinner party. MORE>>
Over Inauguration weekend, chic hangout Napoleon Bistro will feature a special cocktail, The Black Forest Berry Bonapartini, in honor of President Obama’s favorite drink: Black Forest Berry Iced tea. More»
The Park Hyatt Washington has unveiled a selection of cocktails perfect for toasting throughout the winter months. Five seasonal cocktails, 10 signature and classic cocktails, and two local beers have been added to the menu, exclusively at Park Hyatt Washington’s Lounge and their famous Blue Duck Tavern. More»
Mari Vanna, the famous family of four high-end Russian restaurants in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, London and NYC, is opening its largest location ever in Washington this January at 1141 Connecticut Avenue NW. The 6,500 square foot eatery will be five blocks from the White House and steps from The Mayflower hotel, and is already filling up with reservations and guests lists of Hollywood stars for Inauguration Weekend, including David Arquette, Chelsea Handler, Kirsten Dunst, Tim Daly, and Twilight starlet Ashley Greene. More»
Thursday, June 20
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.