Petworth newcomer Himitsu is the only D.C. establishment included among the 12 best new restaurants Eater restaurant editor and roving critic Bill Addison was most struck by while dining across America.
His impression of the free-form kitchen and 24-seat spot unveiled last fall by co-owners Carlie Steiner and Kevin Tien:
“The menu is certainly a daily-changing moving target, and it does kick off with 10 or so options for nigiri and sashimi, reflecting the most sterling seafood that Tien, who runs the kitchen, can find ... In the tradition of indie D.C. exemplars like Rose’s Luxury and Bad Saint, Himitsu doesn’t take reservations: Go early or late, or prepare for a lengthy wait.”
Addison calls out the yellowtail he had that was “zapped” with fish sauce vinaigrette, and an “insane” braised pork shank marinated in soy and sesame. The adventurous restaurant also appears on the local Eater 38.
Restaurants on Addison’s coveted top-12 list had to open between May 2016 and May 2017 in order to be considered. Other honorees include Felix Trattoria in Los Angeles and The Grill in New York City.