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 map this month:
Inca Social, an energetic Peruvian place in Rosslyn; Puro Gusto, downtown’s all-day Italian cafe out of Milan; Suga and Spice, a Southern-meets-Caribbean restaurant in Hyattsville; Himalayan Wild Yak, a yak-filled addition to Ashburn; Duck Duck Goose, an established French eatery for Dupont; Destino, an ambitious Mexican rebrand in La Cosecha; Noosh, a Persian and Mediterranean newcomer in Georgetown; and Era Wine Bar, a Mount Rainier destination for unique pours and small plates.
Leaving the list: Shabu Plus, Quattro Osteria, Leila, Ilili, Wren Tysons, Maïz64, Immigrant Food+, Daru, Santé, and Z&Z – Manoushe Bakery
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