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.
New to the list: Baby Shank, for French fare and stellar sushi in a stylish U Street NW space; SakuSaku Flakerie, for expertly made pastries in Tenleytown; The Bazaar by José Andrés, for elegant tapas in downtown’s Waldorf Astoria; Akai Tori Ramen & Yakitori, for Japanese street foods and sake in Vienna, Jiwa Singapura, for a Michelin-starred chef’s flavorful ode to Singapore in Tysons; Eddie’s Little Shop & Deli, for hefty hoagies in Old Town; Pacci’s Trattoria, for homey Italian dishes on Capitol Hill; and Parlour Victoria, for luxe seafood towers and local oysters in bygone-era downtown digs.
Leaving the list: The Breakfast Club, Opal, Thompson Italian, Le Clou, Flora Flora, Bar Boheme, and Hulu Skewer House
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