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Jan 11, 2010 10:42 AM

Brunch and lunch spots for NYC foodie

I'll be in DC for a long weekend next month. In the next few days I'm going to try my luck at getting reservations at Komi and Minibar. (fingers crossed)

In the meantime, what are some good brunch places?

Also, what are some good fast lunches?

I lived in DC several years ago so have been to the dim sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico and Breadline, etc. So I'm mainly interested in places that have opened up in the last few years that are notable.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Are there particular locations you are interested in visiting? Without that information here are some recommendations:

    For good, fast lunches I would check out the cafeteria at the American Indian Museum (look it up on the's delicious), Maoz for falafel and frites,Vapiano for pasta and pizza, Sweet Green for deliciously fresh salads, BGR for made-to-order burgers, or California Tortilla for burritos and tacos.

    For good brunch spots I like Bistro Bis, Tabard Inn, Cafe St. Ex, Acadiana, Cashion's Eat Place, or Ardeo....these places haven't necassarily opened up in the past year, but they are some of the best brunch spots in town.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks for the replies so far. With regards to neighborhoods, would prefer to keep it in or near the following: downtown, dupont, foggy bottom, the mall areas but would be willing to travel for something great/unique.

      1. re: ManhattanLawyer

        In Rosslyn (not so far from Foggy Bottom), Cafe Assorti (Kazakh food) and Ray's Hell Burger, IMO, meet the criteria of great/unique (Ray's might not be that unique, but it is great). Both would meet the criteria of a quick lunch.

    2. I recently posted about Againn. Look for that post.

      1. New place just opened on 14th St. near U called Masa 14. They serve brunch apparently, and I've read some good reviews. Pricey and small portions, but pretty good Asian/Latin fusion.

        Good fast lunch. I second Maoz. I haven't tried it yet but G Street Foods is new and serves a cool variety of items. Was created by the Breadline guy and is in the same neighborhood. Also consider Nando's Peri Peri for grilled chicken. There's one in Chinatown and one under Dupont Circle.
        If in Georgetown, consider the Tackle Box for "New England crab shack" style dining. It's a fun concept and a good deal.

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        1. re: hamster

          Oh yeah, G Street Foods is not open on weekends.

            1. re: ulterior epicure

              I've never tried it, though I have heard mixed reviews especially since after the founding chef changed. There was a lot of enthusiasm about this place when it opened, but I haven't heard a lot about it lately. I do want to try it sometime though, especially since they have a lunch weekday special IIRC.

              1. re: hamster

                My problem is: I've realized that all of the places I want to hit for lunch are only open on the weekdays. (With the exception of, perhaps, Cafe Atlantico)

          1. I definitely second or third Ray's Hellburger.

            If you are near the mall Central is worth a stop for dinner if you other reservations don't stick. I love brunch at Hank's Oyster Bar.

            For fast lunch I second Nando's Peri Peri. So much downtown isn't open for weekend lunch you said long weekend so if you have a weekday you could get to the Greek Deli on 19th and M. I also really like Potato Valley. Not really too much new on the weekend lunch scene.

            Brunch at Poste is normally good too. You could also try out Ping Pong Dim Sum if you wanted something different.

            There are lots of noteable new places, but I don't know that too many do brunch or weekend lunch.

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              Someone from New York might be horrified at the portion/price equation at Ping Pong Dim Sum! Near the mall (right by Navy Memorial, actually) Teaism is good for a quiet brunch or lunch. I like the tea smoked salmon. Neither Rasika or The Source is very far from the northern side of the Mall.

              1. re: dcandohio

                With a handle of "Manhattan Lawyer" I didn't think that price was probably as big of a concern, compared to something new or different. The problem is most of the new places aren't serving weekend lunch: Central, Proof, Cork, Birch & Barley, etc. J&G steakhouse is open for lunch and new and good. The Source doesn't have weekend lunch. Brasserie Beck has Sunday brunch.

            2. best two brunches I've had since moving here a few years ago were at Cafe Atlantico (Dim Sum brunch) and CoCo Sala.