9 New and Reopened Bars and Restaurants Around DC

Hatoba, now a totally Hawaiian restaurant in Navy Yard. Photograph by Veronika Sabir-Idrissi Hatoba300 Tingey St., SEDaikaya group chef Katsuya Fukushima, who has familial ties to Hawaii, was by now experimenting with poke, plate lunches, and other island eats at this Navy Property ramen store. Now, after a 3 month […]

Hatoba, now a totally Hawaiian restaurant in Navy Yard. Photograph by Veronika Sabir-Idrissi

Hatoba
300 Tingey St., SE
Daikaya group chef Katsuya Fukushima, who has familial ties to Hawaii, was by now experimenting with poke, plate lunches, and other island eats at this Navy Property ramen store. Now, after a 3 month closure, it is reopened as a total-fledged Hawaiian eatery. Diners can unwind in the tropical eating home and patio with a Big Island Ice Tea or Mango Crush, eats like lomi lomi salmon and loco moco, and entertaining desserts (we have our eye on the pineapple Dole whip gentle-serve with chili and lime). There’s no extra ramen, but you will locate saimin noodle soup.

Buena Vida Gastrolounge
2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Ambar restaurateur Ivan Iricanin has re-envisioned his three-tale Mexican restaurant in Clarendon a several moments considering the fact that it opened in 2019. The new iteration—which debuts this week with a lush Tulum-influenced redesign—embraces the all-you-can-try to eat eating product of his Balkan eateries. Mexico City indigenous chef Jaime Garciá Pelayo Bribiesca, an Oyamel alum, oversees the limitless tasting menus: lunch ($25), supper ($45), and brunch ($40), loaded with homemade salsas, ceviches, grilled meat and seafood, and specialties like huitlacoche enchiladas. Barman Felix Meija is at the rear of the several agave drinks and Mexican beers and wines. Seem for the massive rooftop bar to open up before long. 

9 New and Reopened Bars and Restaurants Around DC
Buena Vida provides limitless Mexican dining to Arlington. Photograph courtesy of Buena Vida

Churchkey
1337 14th St., NW
The well-liked Logan Circle bar that assisted set DC’s beer scene on the map is reopening Wednesday, April 20 soon after a two-calendar year pandemic hiatus. Hops guru Greg Engert’s commitment to exceptional, tricky-to-uncover brews stays, as do 50 temperature-managed draft lines. New to the lineup: wood-fired tavern-style pizzas and an considerable consume checklist that extends beyond suds with ample whiskeys, all-natural wines, and enjoyment cocktails from barman Nick Farrell.

Fountain Inn
1659 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Georgetown is home to quite a few intimate, boutique-y bars (Apero, Donahue), and this new  21-seat exceptional-spirits tasting space and cocktail bar suits ideal in. Jack Rose alum Morgan Kirchner tunes into the Fountain Inn’s 18th century roots—the 1783 Georgetown authentic counted quite a few Founding Fathers and Presidents as customers—with cocktail revivals, exceptional whiskeys, madeiras, and additional.

Photograph courtesy of the Fountain Inn.

Bindaas Bowls & Rolls
415 Seventh St., NW
Rasika operator Ashok Bajaj and chef Vikram Sunderam expand to the speedy-informal realm with this spinoff of Bindaas, their Indian road foodstuff location. When it opens in Penn Quarter on Thursday, April 21, diners can customise bowls with chili salmon or lamb meatballs order selfmade kathi (flatbread) rolls or test a ten-veggie burger. Desk-lunchers can seize-and-go, but there are desserts, Indian beers, and draft cocktails for lingering. 

Santa Rosa Taqueria
301 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Mom-daughter duo Cathy and Micheline Mendelsohn will reopen their informal Capitol Hill taqueria following a two year hiatus on Saturday, April 23. It is now in a new site with a roomy 60-seat patio for sipping margaritas established by bar talent Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen, Final Phone Bar). Also new: eats like a “piled significant volcano nacho bar,” birria tacos, and both equally content hour and brunch (the latter coming before long). Proceeds from gross sales on opening weekend will be donated to Globe Central Kitchen area to aid relief efforts in Ukraine.

Santa Rosa opens in a new spot on Capitol Hill. Photograph by Sora Devore

BLT Steak
1625 I St NW
The swanky downtown steakhouse just lately reopened after a yr closure with a full redesign from Studio Saint, who’s guiding the appear of scene-y spots like Maketto and Parc de Ville. What is new: cozy saddle leather booths, a 16-seat bar, and a private rooftop terrace for situations. Luckily in no way changing: gratis duck pâté and heat gruyere popovers to start out every food. 

As You Are.
500 Eighth St., SE
Market vets Jo McDaniel and Rachel Pike (she/they) are powering this inclusive new cafe, bar, and dance hall on Barracks Row, created to be a safe and sound and welcoming house for the LGBTQIA+ local community. Patrons can drop in throughout the working day for espresso beverages, breakfast sandwiches, and bowls, or hit the dance flooring in the evenings. A active occasion routine involves entertainment like reside drag exhibits and, as the initially formal household to the Washington Mystics, sporting functions.

Taco Bamba opens in Landmark. Photograph by Greg Powers

Taco Bamba
6259 Little River Tpke., Alexandria
Chef Victor Albisu’s well known NoVa-primarily based taqueria chain is in expansion manner with new chef expertise on board. The future area opens Wednesday, April 20 in Alexandria’s Landmark community with a entire-company bar and patio—plus tacos, tortas, and quesadillas distinctive to the location (search for a Korean-fried-hen taco). Up following: branches in Gaithersburg and Herndon, opening this summertime, and a return to DC this slide. 

Foods Editor

Anna Spiegel addresses the eating and drinking scene in her indigenous DC. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA application in New York, and held many cooking and crafting positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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