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Jul 6, 2010 08:32 PM

What's NEW?

I moved away from DC around a year ago... looking for something new when I come back to visit. Favorite restaurants are Cork, Granville Moore's, Central if we're feeling fancy... anything I'm missing? Would love some suggestions!

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  1. How about Kushi? It's new, delicious and different.

    Kushi Izakaya
    465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    1. Bistro La Bonne on U Street between 13th and 14th. It's French bistro fare (duh), and very reasonably priced.

      U Street Cafe
      1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. I am really smitten with Againn.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          Againn and Lyon Hall, a quick walk from the Clarendon metro stop for innovative Alsatian food, dinner only. Also in Arlington Chez Manelle is a tiny spot near the Courthouse metro for Tunisian food and some unique dishes.

        2. Second Kushi and Againn. Both casual, midrange places. The bar at Againn is a nice place to hang out also - there are a few bartenders who are really knowledgeable about whisky. If you go to Kushi you want to sit at the grill counter. I've found the izakuya items to be better than the sushi.

          Mendehlson is opening We the Pizza on the 19th - as mentioned in another thread - next door to Good Stuff, and a Cuba Libre is opening on 9th Street sometime, but I couldn't say when.

          A huge Buddha Bar has opened on 5th NW - it's fun once in awhile for sushi and the people watching, IMO, but it's probably not your thing. If you decide it is, I'd still recommend showing up before 10pm.

          1. Since you mentioned Granville Moore's, there are a bunch of new places on H Street, most of which I haven't tried yet. Dangerously Delicious Pies is pretty good for casual sweet and savory pies. There is also Souk (middle Eastern), Ethiopic, Star and Shamrock (Irish bar fusion with Jewish deli), Biergarten Haus (with large outdoor beer garden), and others.

            Heard good stuff about Ted's Bulletin on Barracks Row.

            Was Birch and Barley open when you were here? If you're into beer, supposedly this is an amazing place. It's been getting a lot of buzz. 14th St. and Rhode Island.

            Dangerously Delicious Pies
            1036 Light St, Baltimore, MD

            Birch and Barley
            1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            Ted's Bulletin
            505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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            1. re: hamster

              Oh right! Birch and Barley is the restaurant downstairs - haven't been, but the bread board and desserts are supposed to be great. The beer lounge is upstairs, and is one of my favorite places in the city. They have upscale bar food also - flatbreads, charcuterie, etc. However, last I checked, it gets really, really busy. It could be better now, but I usually try and get there by 5:30pm on a weekday and 7:00 on a weekend. There are actually lines at other times sometimes. In DC. In Logan Circle. It's bizarre.

              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005