More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: “Where should I eat right now?” Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a new project, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering trusted standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where discerning diners are flocking to right now.
There’s been an avalanche of D.C. restaurant openings this year, and Eater has tightened this list to reflect the newest and hottest arrivals at the moment. For now, it’s farewell to Wild Days, Gyu-Kaku, O-Ku, Leon, American Eats Tavern and Guapo’s Georgetown. Welcome in a funky deli that’s drawing enormous lines for bagels; a downtown hotel’s lush dinner spot; Georgetown’s renovated sushi place with a Peruvian twist; a three-floor coastal Italian playground at the Wharf; a retro pasta joint; and a Nordic-tinged global restaurant from one of the city’s fastest-rising chefs.
Find an archive of previous Heatmap restaurants here.Read More