While a night on the town isn’t quite the same right now, these venues (some open, some still closed) are the most beloved in Northern Virginia. Read on to see what makes them great – and dream about your next big night. Read More
When Nationals Park opened in Navy Yard in 2008, it sparked waves of development in the Southeast neighborhood that have kept construction cranes busy ever since. With condo after condo (after condo) going up, a swath of restaurants have risen to serve the market. In late 2019 and early 2020, that included some of the most anticipated openings in the city in ABC Pony, Erik Bruner-Yang’s neighborhood cafe full of Asian-influenced Italian dishes; Albi, chef Michael Rafidi’s wood-burning venue for Middle Eastern food made with Mid-Atlantic ingredients; and Bammy’s, the waterfront Caribbean restaurant from the co-chefs who brought national attention to Maydan. A new development on Half Street, right by the ballpark, includes a tap room from Atlas Brew Works and incoming spaces for New York’s Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery and a ramen shop called Basebowl.
Baseball games are closed off to fans during the COVID-19 crisis, which means Navy Yard restaurants miss out on the same influx of customers before every first pitch. This map focuses on options for takeout and delivery, from fast-casual Indian bowls and pizza by the slice to fried chicken, pasta, and diverse New American dishes. Read More.
Finding Salt can be a little tricky. Its address is listed on Wilson Boulevard, but the entrance is actually around the corner on North Lynn Street, just below its sister establishment, Open Road. There’s a sign outside, but inside there’s nothing but unmarked wooden doors and an elevator. Never fear, both lead down to Salt, an underground haven blending the aesthetics of a swank speak-easy of the 1920s with a snazzy 1970s-style finished basement. Read more.
If you’re itching to go out for a leisurely weekend meal but want to play it safe, outdoor dining may be your best bet. Happily, you’ve got options. Amid the pandemic, local governments have allowed area restaurants to expand their patios with temporary outdoor seating areas (TOSAs) that annex what would normally be adjacent sidewalk, street or parking lot space. So you can spread out, relax and savor the day. Read more.
It’s a tough time to be in the restaurant business, and lord knows we are all tired of staring blankly into our refrigerators, so let someone else cook for you. This summer’s Restaurant Week is actually a two-week affair (August 17-30) and promises some tasty deals ($22 lunches and brunches; dinners for $35 or $55 per person). Some establishments are offering cocktail and wine pairings. Many have patio seating, and—for diners who aren’t comfortable eating on the premises—the option of getting it all to go. Below are just a few of the dishes you can look forward to sampling. For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) website. Summer Restaurant Week 2020 is supported by Events DC and JBG Smith. Read more.