Eater writers and editors always get the same question. Friends, family, acquaintances, and randos all want to know, “Where should I eat right now?” That’s where the Eater Heatmap enters the conversation, pointing diners toward the most intriguing or otherwise buzzworthy new restaurants in the D.C. area. This list considers restaurants that have been open for six months or less. For our map of the D.C. area’s 38 essential restaurants, go here. And get ready for dine-in service to drop this month at Hyattsville’s glam new Huncho House and Capitol Hill’s Della Barba Pizza (in takeout-only mode for now).
New to the list: Chang Chang, for bold Sichuan cooking in Dupont; Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, for a sprawling surf-and-surf showpiece in Reston; Opal, for a dreamy wood-fired kitchen in upper Northwest; Puzukan Tan Korean Grill, for charcoal-fueled meats in Falls Church; Joy by Seven Reasons, for a wonderland of South American flavors in Chevy Chase; and Pendry Washington DC, for glam rooftop sushi at the Wharf.
Leaving the list: Mi Vida 14th Street, Brennan’s, Han Palace, In Bocca al Lupo, and TigerellaRead More