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Where to Eat, Drink, and Tour Distilleries in Ivy City

The Northeast neighborhood is hotter than ever

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Ivy City is a neighborhood rife with change. The industrial-leaning area off New York Avenue NE has slowly become a center for the city’s small batch distilleries. While there have been some hidden gems around here for years, such as the storied Panda Gourmet located within a Days Inn, new development has brought everything from standout seafood to ambitious tasting menus to carryout Detriot-style pizza. And that doesn’t even get into all the restaurants from Ari Gjenderson’s mini-empire. Here’s where to eat, drink, and tour around Ivy City.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Panda Gourmet

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2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 534-1620
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This is arguably D.C. proper’s best destination for Sichuan food, and it’s housed in an unassuming Days Inn. The cumin lamb burger is the stuff of legends.

The Rouga Mo Chinese Burger at Panda Gourmet
The Rouga Mo Chinese Burger at Panda Gourmet
Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post via Getty Images

2. Supreme Core Cider

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2400 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 215-5029
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The taproom at this local hard cidery has opened its doors on weekends (noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. 6 p.m. Sunday). —Missy Frederick

Cider fresh from the draft lines at Supreme Core
Cider fresh from the draft lines at Supreme Core
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3. Republic Restoratives

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Republic Restoratives serves its own vodka and bourbon in its cocktail bar, dubbed the Ivy Room. The distillery’s industrial tasting room is right next to its production room. —Adele Chapin

A crowded bar with a bottle of Civic vodka in the foreground
Republic Restoratives
Republic Restoratives [official photo]

4. pidzza

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2000 Hecht Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Fast-casual pizza spot Pidzza offers a Turkish take on pizzas. Diners can get their pide customized, or try signature “pidzzas” like The LMC (ground beef, tomato, onion, parsley, green pepper, garlic and spices). There’s salads too, and breakfast and dessert pide options. —Adele Chapin

5. Della Barba Pizza

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 845-3033
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Detroit-style pizza is having a moment in D.C. and this takeout/delivery spot is one of the places to get it. New York-style pies and Chicago deep dish is also available. —Missy Frederick

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6. Ari's Diner

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2003 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

They serve breakfast all day at Ari’s Diner, the casual neighborhood restaurant from D.C. restaurateur Ari Gejdenson. Slide into an old-school booth and order a classic diner plate with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, and hash potatoes — or a modern-day staple like avocado toast. —Adele Chapin

Tom’s First Bite photo request for 2/8 for Ari’s Diner Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

7. Atlas Brew Works

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2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 832-0420
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Atlas Brew Works serves flights, pints, and growler fills in its tap room and offers free brewery tours too. Food trucks are known to stop by, and a Guerilla Vending machine in the tap room is stocked with fancy stuff like artisanal pork rinds and freshly-made Broodjes & Bier sandwiches. —Adele Chapin

8. Via Chicken and Pizza

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2000 Fenwick St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 621-6426
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Gejdenson’s Ivy City mini-empire continued with this restaurant, and the menu combination is interesting: Peruvian chicken and pizza. —Missy Frederick

9. La Puerta Verde

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2001 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Another Gejdenson place is La Puerta Verde. The colorful Mexican restaurant’s menu includes favorites like chile relleno and flautas, as well as nods to Mexican coastal cuisine like grilled whole fish in banana leaves and guajillo marinade. And who doesn't love $2 happy hour tacos? —Adele Chapin

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10. Ivy City Smokehouse

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1356 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

A lot is happening at Ivy City Smokehouse: There’s an open-to-the-public retail fish market and smokehouse, a roof deck, and a bar and restaurant serving fried shrimp po’ boys, top-notch crab cakes, and pastrami smoked salmon tacos. Diners will also find live music practically every weekend. —Adele Chapin

11. City Winery DC

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1350 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 250-2531
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This combination dinner, drinking destination and entertainment venue has been making a name for itself in the concert arena since opening in D.C. It also offer wine classes and is one of the few places in D.C. proper to make its own wine. —Missy Frederick

Cheesecake from city winery, garnished with sauce and sliced fruit
A dessert from City Winery
City Winery [Official photo]

12. Gravitas

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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Chef Matt Baker’s ambitious tasting menu place in Ivy City puts vegetables and premium seafood at the forefront. The newly Michelin-starred restaurant also offers prix fixe options from $98 (five courses) to $260 (chef’s menu with wine pairings). It also has has special date night and pre-theater options. Don’t miss the tuna sashimi with jalapeno and soy vinaigrette. —Missy Frederick

Spring vegetables from radishes to edible flowers surround a pool of lime green sauce
A composed vegetable dish at Gravitas
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13. New Columbia Distillers

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1832 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 733-1710
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Founded in 2011, New Columbia Distillers helped kick off D.C.’s distillery boom with its Green Hat gin. The distillery is open for free tastings, tours, and sales Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from to 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. —Missy Frederick

A bottle of Green Hat gin on a fuschia background
Green Hat Gin
Green Hat [Photo: Facebook]

14. Don Ciccio & Figli/Bar Sirenis

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1907 Fairview Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 957-7792
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This amaro distillery’s expanded location in Ivy City also includes a pretty blue bar devoted to the spirit. —Missy Frederick

Bar Sirenis at the new Don Ciccio & Figli distillery in Ivy City.
Bar Sirenis
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15. One Eight Distilling

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1135 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 636-6638
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One Eight Distilling is the second distillery to open in D.C. since prohibition, debuting in 2015. It’s open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for tours and tastings. Bartenders are happy to whip up cocktails using One Eight’s vodka, gin, and rye whiskey. —Adele Chapin

The empty bar at One Eight Distilling
One Eight Distilling
One Eight [Official Photo]

1. Panda Gourmet

2700 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Rouga Mo Chinese Burger at Panda Gourmet
The Rouga Mo Chinese Burger at Panda Gourmet
Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post via Getty Images

This is arguably D.C. proper’s best destination for Sichuan food, and it’s housed in an unassuming Days Inn. The cumin lamb burger is the stuff of legends.

2700 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

2. Supreme Core Cider

2400 T St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Cider fresh from the draft lines at Supreme Core
Cider fresh from the draft lines at Supreme Core
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The taproom at this local hard cidery has opened its doors on weekends (noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. 6 p.m. Sunday). —Missy Frederick

2400 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002

3. Republic Restoratives

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
A crowded bar with a bottle of Civic vodka in the foreground
Republic Restoratives
Republic Restoratives [official photo]

Republic Restoratives serves its own vodka and bourbon in its cocktail bar, dubbed the Ivy Room. The distillery’s industrial tasting room is right next to its production room. —Adele Chapin

1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. pidzza

2000 Hecht Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Fast-casual pizza spot Pidzza offers a Turkish take on pizzas. Diners can get their pide customized, or try signature “pidzzas” like The LMC (ground beef, tomato, onion, parsley, green pepper, garlic and spices). There’s salads too, and breakfast and dessert pide options. —Adele Chapin

2000 Hecht Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

5. Della Barba Pizza

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Detroit-style pizza is having a moment in D.C. and this takeout/delivery spot is one of the places to get it. New York-style pies and Chicago deep dish is also available. —Missy Frederick

1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Ari's Diner

2003 Fenwick St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Tom’s First Bite photo request for 2/8 for Ari’s Diner Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

They serve breakfast all day at Ari’s Diner, the casual neighborhood restaurant from D.C. restaurateur Ari Gejdenson. Slide into an old-school booth and order a classic diner plate with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, and hash potatoes — or a modern-day staple like avocado toast. —Adele Chapin

2003 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. Atlas Brew Works

2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, D.C. 20002

Atlas Brew Works serves flights, pints, and growler fills in its tap room and offers free brewery tours too. Food trucks are known to stop by, and a Guerilla Vending machine in the tap room is stocked with fancy stuff like artisanal pork rinds and freshly-made Broodjes & Bier sandwiches. —Adele Chapin

2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Via Chicken and Pizza

2000 Fenwick St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Gejdenson’s Ivy City mini-empire continued with this restaurant, and the menu combination is interesting: Peruvian chicken and pizza. —Missy Frederick

2000 Fenwick St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. La Puerta Verde

2001 Fenwick St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Another Gejdenson place is La Puerta Verde. The colorful Mexican restaurant’s menu includes favorites like chile relleno and flautas, as well as nods to Mexican coastal cuisine like grilled whole fish in banana leaves and guajillo marinade. And who doesn't love $2 happy hour tacos? —Adele Chapin

2001 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Ivy City Smokehouse

1356 Okie St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

A lot is happening at Ivy City Smokehouse: There’s an open-to-the-public retail fish market and smokehouse, a roof deck, and a bar and restaurant serving fried shrimp po’ boys, top-notch crab cakes, and pastrami smoked salmon tacos. Diners will also find live music practically every weekend. —Adele Chapin

1356 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. City Winery DC

1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Cheesecake from city winery, garnished with sauce and sliced fruit
A dessert from City Winery
City Winery [Official photo]

This combination dinner, drinking destination and entertainment venue has been making a name for itself in the concert arena since opening in D.C. It also offer wine classes and is one of the few places in D.C. proper to make its own wine. —Missy Frederick

1350 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. Gravitas

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Spring vegetables from radishes to edible flowers surround a pool of lime green sauce
A composed vegetable dish at Gravitas
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Matt Baker’s ambitious tasting menu place in Ivy City puts vegetables and premium seafood at the forefront. The newly Michelin-starred restaurant also offers prix fixe options from $98 (five courses) to $260 (chef’s menu with wine pairings). It also has has special date night and pre-theater options. Don’t miss the tuna sashimi with jalapeno and soy vinaigrette. —Missy Frederick

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. New Columbia Distillers

1832 Fenwick St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
A bottle of Green Hat gin on a fuschia background
Green Hat Gin
Green Hat [Photo: Facebook]

Founded in 2011, New Columbia Distillers helped kick off D.C.’s distillery boom with its Green Hat gin. The distillery is open for free tastings, tours, and sales Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from to 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. —Missy Frederick

1832 Fenwick St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. Don Ciccio & Figli/Bar Sirenis

1907 Fairview Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Bar Sirenis at the new Don Ciccio & Figli distillery in Ivy City.
Bar Sirenis
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This amaro distillery’s expanded location in Ivy City also includes a pretty blue bar devoted to the spirit. —Missy Frederick

1907 Fairview Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. One Eight Distilling

1135 Okie St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
The empty bar at One Eight Distilling
One Eight Distilling
One Eight [Official Photo]

One Eight Distilling is the second distillery to open in D.C. since prohibition, debuting in 2015. It’s open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for tours and tastings. Bartenders are happy to whip up cocktails using One Eight’s vodka, gin, and rye whiskey. —Adele Chapin

1135 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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