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Updating the Eater 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 DGS Delicatessen, Union Market and Taylor Charles Steak & Ice to make room for The Rye Bar, GBD and the newly renovated Art & Soul. Daikaya's entry has been updated to reflect the newly-opened izakaya.

01/3/2013: Added Hogo, Range, Taylor Charles Steak & Ice
02/7/2013: Added Ambar, Mari Vanna, Table
03/7/2013: Added Daikaya, Beuchert's Saloon, Barmini
04/4/2013: Added GBD, Art & Soul, The Rye Bar (and Daikaya's izakaya)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Daikaya's ramen shop, which specializes in Sapporo-style ramen, drew lines out the door since its opening, and now its upstairs izakaya, which opened in late March, is creating plenty of buzz. The Japanese restaurant is from partners Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima and Yama Jewayni. The izakaya boasts unique small dishes, such as the frozen sashimi dish ruibe, traditional items such as onigiri rice balls, a wide selection of Japanese whiskeys, and a sake bomb made with a spherical ball of sake.

7. Beuchert's Saloon

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623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, DC 20003
Still in its soft opening phase, Beuchert's Saloon's design pays homage to the speakeasy that the building used to house. The restaurant specializes in carefully-made cocktails and farm-to-table cuisine, and chef Andrew Markert used to work at PS7's. It's the neighborhood place Capitol Hill has been waiting for (literally) — folks patiently line up to grab a bar stool at the new joint.

8. barmini

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855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
The experimental cocktail lab inside Minibar by José Andrés has been booking up as soon as its first reservations became available for Feb. 15. The bar puts a molecular spin on classic cocktails, offers a peek into sister restaurant Minibar and serves up unique bar snacks such as Thai Chicharrones. Prices are more accessible than Minibar's $225 per person tab, too.

9. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777
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Art Smith's restaurant within the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel has gotten both a new look and a new menu since its recent renovation. Dishes include seafood gumbo and pickled eggs, and the design manages to be both classy and rustic. This spring will bring roasts on the restaurant's patio.

10. The Rye Bar

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1050 31st NW
Washington, DC 20007
The Rye Bar is the cocktail destination within D.C.'s newest luxury hotel, the Capella in Georgetown. The restaurant got some early press for its high-priced $22 Manhattan, but sets itself apart with its artisan ice program, cocktail aging and selection of rare rye whiskeys. The hotel's adjacent restaurant is The Grill Room.

11. GBD

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1323 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC
Ok, technically GBD's grand opening is Friday, but the restaurant has already generated ample buzz with its pop-up events around town, as well as its soft opening parties this week. Neighborhood Restaurant Group's collaboration between pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac and her husband, chef Kyle Bailey, specializes in doughnuts and fried chicken. Brioche and cake doughnuts are available in unique flavors such as grapefruit campari, and there are also fun snacks such as fried chicken skin and bao-style chicken buns. Greg Engert has created a special craft beer list for the restaurant, too, with 19 drafts.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Daikaya's ramen shop, which specializes in Sapporo-style ramen, drew lines out the door since its opening, and now its upstairs izakaya, which opened in late March, is creating plenty of buzz. The Japanese restaurant is from partners Daisuke Utagawa, Katsuya Fukushima and Yama Jewayni. The izakaya boasts unique small dishes, such as the frozen sashimi dish ruibe, traditional items such as onigiri rice balls, a wide selection of Japanese whiskeys, and a sake bomb made with a spherical ball of sake.
705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Beuchert's Saloon

623 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
Still in its soft opening phase, Beuchert's Saloon's design pays homage to the speakeasy that the building used to house. The restaurant specializes in carefully-made cocktails and farm-to-table cuisine, and chef Andrew Markert used to work at PS7's. It's the neighborhood place Capitol Hill has been waiting for (literally) — folks patiently line up to grab a bar stool at the new joint.
623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, DC 20003

8. barmini

855 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The experimental cocktail lab inside Minibar by José Andrés has been booking up as soon as its first reservations became available for Feb. 15. The bar puts a molecular spin on classic cocktails, offers a peek into sister restaurant Minibar and serves up unique bar snacks such as Thai Chicharrones. Prices are more accessible than Minibar's $225 per person tab, too.
855 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

9. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Art Smith's restaurant within the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel has gotten both a new look and a new menu since its recent renovation. Dishes include seafood gumbo and pickled eggs, and the design manages to be both classy and rustic. This spring will bring roasts on the restaurant's patio.
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. The Rye Bar

1050 31st NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Rye Bar is the cocktail destination within D.C.'s newest luxury hotel, the Capella in Georgetown. The restaurant got some early press for its high-priced $22 Manhattan, but sets itself apart with its artisan ice program, cocktail aging and selection of rare rye whiskeys. The hotel's adjacent restaurant is The Grill Room.
1050 31st NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. GBD

1323 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC
Ok, technically GBD's grand opening is Friday, but the restaurant has already generated ample buzz with its pop-up events around town, as well as its soft opening parties this week. Neighborhood Restaurant Group's collaboration between pastry chef Tiffany MacIssac and her husband, chef Kyle Bailey, specializes in doughnuts and fried chicken. Brioche and cake doughnuts are available in unique flavors such as grapefruit campari, and there are also fun snacks such as fried chicken skin and bao-style chicken buns. Greg Engert has created a special craft beer list for the restaurant, too, with 19 drafts.
1323 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC

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