The NoMa (North of Massachusetts) neighborhood in Northeast D.C. is full of high-rise condos and office buildings, and a growing number of bars and restaurants are sprouting up to divert attention away from the H Street corridor nearby. This map offers a guide to an area that now boasts a casual beer garden, a pinball and bowling bar, and bold flavors for Lao and Indian food. This does not include the growing scene in the Union Market district, which is developing its own identity.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink in NoMa
Recent additions include a craft brewery and a Lao restaurant
1. The Eleanor DC
This “barcade” stands out with lanes for small-pin bowling to go with pinball machines, arcade games, and a full bar and kitchen. Settle in with a cocktail, fire up the giant PACMAN machine, and munch on General Tso’s chicken wings or Mexican street corn-style hushpuppies.
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At this spot for fast-casual Korean comfort food, customers can get rice bowls, salads, tacos, or a “sushi burrito” with a choice of protein, vegetables, and sauces. With plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, Seoulspice is a great stop for anyone with dietary restrictions.
3. Carving Room NoMa
The second location of this Mt. Vernon triangle deli opened in NoMa earlier this year, bringing on its signature pastrami along with a selection of dips and salads, flatbreads, and a variety of Israeli-style meatballs. Open for lunch, happy hour and dinner, CR Noma is a nice spot for a relaxed meal or a couple of drinks.
4. Streets Market
This bar is inside a grocery store that’s inside an apartment complex, but it offers a massive space to drink, 30 draft beer lines, wine, happy hour, and even tacos and dumplings.
5. Red Bear Brewing Co
This months-old craft brewery has a 7,000-square-foot tap room with a variety of board and card games. There are 24 tap lines dedicated to West Coast-style ales, ciders, and wine. The facility also hosts rotating food pop-ups (Hawaiian food, barbecue) and has its own chef making gastropub fare.
6. Wunder Garten
Washington, DC 20002
This is a great place for drinking steins of beer and playing corn hole. There’s a lot of open space with benches and chairs in the beer garden outside, and an indoor section is open if the weather isn’t cooperating.
7. Laos in Town
This tribute to Lao food from a Thai team sells a series of salads, noodle soups, and spicy curries. Go with a big group and eat family style to eat as many dishes as possible. The crispy rice salad, fermented pork sausage, and the whole fish with tamarind are all smart picks. Give Laos in town bonus points for its spacious front patio and a separate vegetarian menu.
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This colorful Indian carry-out has good food, reasonable prices, and a large, covered patio full of tables and an outdoor bar. Order your food — the homestyle parathas, spicy goat curry, and pumpkin curry are favorites — before grabbing a cold Kingfisher beer and settling in on a bench outside.