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Updating the Eater DC Heatmap, Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.


This time around, we say goodbye to El Chucho, Farmers Fishers Bakers and Mintwood Place to make room for the newer Ambar, Mari Vanna and Table.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-2496
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Diners have flocked to Satellite Room for everything from huevos rancheros to buttermilk pancakes. Though the Brixton's still hopping, this is the newest addition to the Hilton Bros. empire, and is perfect for a post 9:30 club stop-off.

2. Union Market

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(301) 652-7400
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The long-awaited Union Market finally made its epic debut in early September and while several of the vendors have yet to open up shop, it has been a high-buzz go-to spot for a meal. The Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the Union Market's first restaurant space and has been receiving high marks from fellow chefs and everyday diners alike.

3. Izakaya Seki

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1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-5841
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Right next door to Tacos El Chilango is another newcomer that has lots of people talking. Izakaya Seki quietly opened at the end of July, but has steadily since grabbed the attention of Washingtonians — including local critics — with its Japanese menu that goes well beyond sushi and sashimi. Early diners have filed raves for the Mero grilled with miso, octopus, tuna and more.

4. Minibar by José Andrés

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855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0812
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It may have gotten a tough review in the Post this week, but Andrés' re-imagined restaurant, now open in a bigger location, is still a huge draw. Reservations now are by email only and are one of the toughest tickets in town for this multi-course meal of mini-bites.

5. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-4400
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DC residents have been desperate for a decent Jewish deli, and are flocking to this modern spin on Jewish cooking from chef Barry Koslow. The matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and pastrami all have followings.

6. Hogo

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1017 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hogo is The Passenger's Tom Brown's temple to rum, with a wide selection and a number of tiki-inspired drinks. The menu changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen, but dishes are currently Hawaiian influenced.

7. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 803-8020
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Bryan Voltaggio's ambitious new restaurant specializes in the whole animal, with a grill station, raw bar, pizzas, a bakery and more. The spacious restaurant also includes a huge bar and a retail market, and is packed with industry talent in everything from mixology to charcuterie.

8. Taylor Charles Steak & Ice

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1320 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-6880
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The Taylor Gourmet team's latest project is devoted to cheesesteaks and water ice. This graffiti-decorated H Street NE restaurant is churning out late night sandwiches in a small space designed to evoke the Philly streets.

9. Table

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903 N Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 852-2121
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Table is the first of two restaurants from chef Frederik de Pue. The Shaw neighborhood spot has a Belgian-influenced menu with dishes such as frogs' legs, and attention to detail everywhere, including menus handwritten in pencil.

10. Ambar

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523 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 813-3039
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The ambitious Ambar, from Ivan Iricanin and partner Richard Sandoval, provides a modern perspective to Serbian cuisine. Housemade Rakia, a Balkan liqueur, is a particular draw.

11. Mari Vanna

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1141 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 783-7777
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New Russian restaurant Mari Vanna has made a splash in Dupont Circle, with celebrity sightings, homestyle food, a clubby third floor, and "secret keys" for regulars.

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1. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Diners have flocked to Satellite Room for everything from huevos rancheros to buttermilk pancakes. Though the Brixton's still hopping, this is the newest addition to the Hilton Bros. empire, and is perfect for a post 9:30 club stop-off.
2047 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. Union Market

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The long-awaited Union Market finally made its epic debut in early September and while several of the vendors have yet to open up shop, it has been a high-buzz go-to spot for a meal. The Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the Union Market's first restaurant space and has been receiving high marks from fellow chefs and everyday diners alike.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

3. Izakaya Seki

1117 V St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Right next door to Tacos El Chilango is another newcomer that has lots of people talking. Izakaya Seki quietly opened at the end of July, but has steadily since grabbed the attention of Washingtonians — including local critics — with its Japanese menu that goes well beyond sushi and sashimi. Early diners have filed raves for the Mero grilled with miso, octopus, tuna and more.
1117 V St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Minibar by José Andrés

855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
It may have gotten a tough review in the Post this week, but Andrés' re-imagined restaurant, now open in a bigger location, is still a huge draw. Reservations now are by email only and are one of the toughest tickets in town for this multi-course meal of mini-bites.
855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
DC residents have been desperate for a decent Jewish deli, and are flocking to this modern spin on Jewish cooking from chef Barry Koslow. The matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and pastrami all have followings.
1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Hogo

1017 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hogo is The Passenger's Tom Brown's temple to rum, with a wide selection and a number of tiki-inspired drinks. The menu changes depending on what chef is in the kitchen, but dishes are currently Hawaiian influenced.
1017 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Bryan Voltaggio's ambitious new restaurant specializes in the whole animal, with a grill station, raw bar, pizzas, a bakery and more. The spacious restaurant also includes a huge bar and a retail market, and is packed with industry talent in everything from mixology to charcuterie.
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

8. Taylor Charles Steak & Ice

1320 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Taylor Gourmet team's latest project is devoted to cheesesteaks and water ice. This graffiti-decorated H Street NE restaurant is churning out late night sandwiches in a small space designed to evoke the Philly streets.
1320 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Table

903 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Table is the first of two restaurants from chef Frederik de Pue. The Shaw neighborhood spot has a Belgian-influenced menu with dishes such as frogs' legs, and attention to detail everywhere, including menus handwritten in pencil.
903 N Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

10. Ambar

523 8th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
The ambitious Ambar, from Ivan Iricanin and partner Richard Sandoval, provides a modern perspective to Serbian cuisine. Housemade Rakia, a Balkan liqueur, is a particular draw.
523 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

11. Mari Vanna

1141 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
New Russian restaurant Mari Vanna has made a splash in Dupont Circle, with celebrity sightings, homestyle food, a clubby third floor, and "secret keys" for regulars.
1141 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

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