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New Chef Heatmap: Restaurants Worth a Revisit

They're moving forward with changes and new menus.

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A new chef can bring new life to a standard restaurant. Here are 15 places getting a shot of ingenuity from new blood in the kitchen. Some have made subtle changes; others have completely reworked the menu.

This map features changes that have occurred over the past six months or so. Return to these restaurants, and see what the new chefs are cooking up.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-9550
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He may have arrived most recently from Hong Kong when coming to Bibiana in December, but Jake Addeo has kept the menu Italian traditional.

2. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Pizzeria Orso veteran Will Artley came to BLT in January. He's continuing the restaurant's emphasis on Wagyu beef, while adding some whimsical dishes like a foie gras cappucino.

3. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 861-1310
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Matt Hagan, who just arrived at Firefly, is hoping to bring the flavors of his Marlyand upbringing to the Kimpton restaurant's menu.

4. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Award-winning pastry chef Fabrice Bendano arrived at Le Diplomate in February. His new desserts lean classic French.

5. Macon Bistro & Larder

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5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 248-7807
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Eola veteran Daniel Singhofen joined Macon Bistro's team in February. He's revamped the bar menu and has added a tasting menu as well.

6. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 554-8588
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Mandarin Oriental new chef Adam Tanner's first changes to the hotel restaurants is a new menu for the restaurant's Empress Lounge. The lounge now has a new outdoor patio with Asian small bites. Tanner's arrival was announced in March.

7. NoPa Kitchen + Bar

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4667
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Matt Kuhn, who came to Nopa in January, is only the second chef for the Penn Quarter restaurant. His expertise is seafood.

8. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 803-8020
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Well-known pastry chef Chris Ford is shaking the dessert menus up at all Bryan Voltaggio restaurants, including Range.

9. Red Light

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1401 R St NW
Washington, D.C.
Alina Bothen is the new pastry chef at Red Light. Her appointment, announced in March, means more savory and international items for the bar.

10. Ristorante Tosca

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1112 F St Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 367-1990
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Matteo Venini is already receiving praise for his pastas at Tosca; he was promoted there in February.

11. Sushiko

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5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-1644
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Brothers Piter and Handry Tjan have revamped the omakase menu at Sushiko after returning to the restaurant in October.

12. The Grill Room

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1050 31st Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 617-2424
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Palena veteran Frank Ruta surprised D.C. by popping up at Georgeotwn's The Grill Room in December. Some of the dishes (like a burger) are familiar; others are fine-dining influenced entrees.

13. The Oval Room

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800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 463-8700
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John Melfi, who arrived at The Oval Room in January, is whipping up creative vegetable dishes and artfully-presented seafood at the Ashok Bajaj restaurant.

1. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
He may have arrived most recently from Hong Kong when coming to Bibiana in December, but Jake Addeo has kept the menu Italian traditional.
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

2. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Pizzeria Orso veteran Will Artley came to BLT in January. He's continuing the restaurant's emphasis on Wagyu beef, while adding some whimsical dishes like a foie gras cappucino.
1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

3. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, D.C. 20004
Matt Hagan, who just arrived at Firefly, is hoping to bring the flavors of his Marlyand upbringing to the Kimpton restaurant's menu.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Award-winning pastry chef Fabrice Bendano arrived at Le Diplomate in February. His new desserts lean classic French.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
Eola veteran Daniel Singhofen joined Macon Bistro's team in February. He's revamped the bar menu and has added a tasting menu as well.
5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

6. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Mandarin Oriental new chef Adam Tanner's first changes to the hotel restaurants is a new menu for the restaurant's Empress Lounge. The lounge now has a new outdoor patio with Asian small bites. Tanner's arrival was announced in March.
1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

7. NoPa Kitchen + Bar

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Matt Kuhn, who came to Nopa in January, is only the second chef for the Penn Quarter restaurant. His expertise is seafood.
800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
Well-known pastry chef Chris Ford is shaking the dessert menus up at all Bryan Voltaggio restaurants, including Range.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

9. Red Light

1401 R St NW, Washington, D.C.
Alina Bothen is the new pastry chef at Red Light. Her appointment, announced in March, means more savory and international items for the bar.
1401 R St NW
Washington, D.C.

10. Ristorante Tosca

1112 F St Nw, Washington, D.C. 20004
Matteo Venini is already receiving praise for his pastas at Tosca; he was promoted there in February.
1112 F St Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004

11. Sushiko

5455 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Brothers Piter and Handry Tjan have revamped the omakase menu at Sushiko after returning to the restaurant in October.
5455 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

12. The Grill Room

1050 31st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Palena veteran Frank Ruta surprised D.C. by popping up at Georgeotwn's The Grill Room in December. Some of the dishes (like a burger) are familiar; others are fine-dining influenced entrees.
1050 31st Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

13. The Oval Room

800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
John Melfi, who arrived at The Oval Room in January, is whipping up creative vegetable dishes and artfully-presented seafood at the Ashok Bajaj restaurant.
800 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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