Adams Morgan Loses Shibuya Eatery But Gains a Cool Pool Hall
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by Tierney Plumb
1d ago
Billiards Room at Death Punch debuted on Wednesday, May 15. | Billiards Room Billiards Room brings the nightlife strip a dressed-down destination for local beers and pub grub Meet Billiards Room, Adams Morgan’s hip new hangout to play pool, drink drafts, and crush burgers. The surprise rectangular-shaped bar comes from longtime D.C. chef Darren Norris and his wife Candice Wise-Norris, who quietly closed Shibuya Eatery one level below in late April. The once-Eater 38 Japanese street food spot for sake, udon noodles, sushi, and sous vide skewers, which opened during the height of the pandemic in ..read more
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It’s Cornetto O’Clock at D.C.’s Chic New Cucina Morini
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by Tierney Plumb
2d ago
Cornetto, Italy’s flaky, horn-shaped answer to a croissant, come stuffed with Nutella and other gooey ingredients. | Altamarea Chef Matt Adler’s incoming brunch menu takes tips from southern Italian cafes A spot-on Sicilian meal awaits in Mt. Vernon Triangle. Nearly 2-month-old Cucina Morini transforms into “Caffe Morini” every weekend starting Saturday, May 18 (901 4th Street NW). Its daytime debut calls for bruschetta, bodega sandwiches, ricotta pancakes, truffle frittata, and filled-to-order cornettos (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). NYC-based parent company Altamarea Group combined its former Nicolett ..read more
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VP Kamala Harris Ate All the Mangoes and More at Her House Party Last Week
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by Tierney Plumb
3d ago
Vice President Kamala Harris stopped by Rasa’s stall for one of her favorite fruits in liquid form (a mango lassi). | Lawrence Jackson Inside the Naval Observatory’s first-ever night market that fed the vice president — and hundreds of her guests  On a balmy spring evening in May, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff opened up their home — the well-manicured front lawn, at least — to over 20 vendors and 500 hungry attendees (Eater DC included) to honor Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. The sprawling yard outside the VP’s ..read more
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D.C.’s Dearly Missed Flight Wine Bar Will Resurface Across the Potomac
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by Tierney Plumb
4d ago
Flight will reopen at the foot of a snazzy new mixed-used complex in National Landing. | JBG Smith/rendering Co-owners Swati Bose and Kabir Amir bring their popular selection of eclectic varietals to National Landing Flight, Chinatown’s treasured wine bar since 2014, poured out its last glass in December. But now, the pioneering brand is set to make a triumphant comeback in Northern Virginia by the end of 2024. Flight co-owners Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, who earned a James Beard semifinalist nod for Outstanding Wine Program in 2020 and 2023, just inked a 2,175-square-foot lease to reopen in Na ..read more
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D.C.’s Hottest New Indian Restaurant Comes From a Taj Mahal Hotel Alum
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by Tierney Plumb
4d ago
Tamarind-glazed chicken wings at Tamashaa. | Tamashaa Columbia Heights’ anticipated Tamashaa opens Wednesday, May 15 Tamashaa, billed as a “modern Indian gastro bar,” debuts in the heart of Columbia Heights on Wednesday, May 15 (3115 14th Street NW). The 95-seat fine dining establishment — which gets its name from the Hindi word for “performance or spectacle” — is the brainchild of esteemed restaurateur and New Delhi native Rajiv Chopra (Bombay Velvet in Reston); renowned chef Manoj Goel, a 24-year culinary vet who formerly cooked at the five-star Taj Mahal hotel; and general manager and bever ..read more
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Where to Order Fabulous Cakes for Any Occasion Around D.C.
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by Claudia Rosenbaum
5d ago
Cakes by Lala caters to everything from local birthdays to baby showers.  | Cakes by Lala There’s no shortage of decadent options for graduations, birthdays, weddings, and more Nothing sets the mood for a celebration quite like a terrific cake. From royal-themed fillings to elaborate decorations, local bakeries are ready to satisfy the quest for a show-stopping centerpiece at any event. It’s important to note that many customized creations require at least a 48-hour advance notice. Read on for 11 places to place a cake order right now ..read more
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At Arlington’s Hip New NiHao, Chinese Dishes Are Smaller by Design
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by Lulu Chang
1w ago
NiHao opens on Thursday, May 9 with a parade of small plates. | NiHao Chef Peter Chang’s latest act opens with dan dan noodles, pig ears, baijiu cocktails, and more Chinese “tapas” have arrived at National Landing. Chef Peter Chang, the acclaimed Sichuan flavor master behind a growing culinary empire across Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Connecticut, adds a unique restaurant to the fold on Thursday, May 9. At Arlington’s anticipated new NiHao, regional specialties like dan dan noodles, Chongqing chicken, and pig ears in chile oil all come in manageable portions meant for sampling (1550 Crystal ..read more
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Iranian Marvel Joon Doubles Down on Tysons With a Surprise New Lounge
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by Lulu Chang
1w ago
The Golab gimlet at Delbar. | Rey Lopez Delbar debuts on Friday, May 10 with fig Old Fashioneds, cardamom espresso martinis, and creative Persian plates A second Persian establishment will soon take root past the same unassuming Tysons Corner storefront. Upon opening last June in the Shops at Fairfax Square, Joon instantly drew notice for its upscale takes on Iranian cuisine. National recognition soon followed, with a 2024 James Beard semifinalist nod for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. But the team wasn’t done yet. Joon expands inside on Friday, May 10 with the debut of Delbar, a stylish new sibling ..read more
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15 Worthy Wineries Just a Short Drive From D.C.
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by Tierney Plumb
1w ago
The lush, rolling landscape of Delaplane, Virginia is home to RdV Vineyards. | Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images Sip locally-made pours while soaking up epic vineyard views With summer fast approaching, now is the time to plan a day trip to one of the area’s many treasured wineries to enjoy tours, tastings, local fare, live music, and breathtaking backdrops. These scenic wineries all sit 90 minutes (or much less) from D.C., which means splitting a round-trip Uber is the way to go if there’s no designated driver in the group. Starting this month, a luxe new bus line ca ..read more
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Inside La Bonne Vache’s Fashionably Late Cocktail Program 
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by Travis Mitchell
1w ago
Cocktails at La Bonne Vache loop in vermouths, liqueurs, and fortified wines.  | Travis Mitchell The promising Georgetown bistro now compliments French fare with low-ABV spirits Georgetown’s bustling new brasserie did things a little backwards. La Bonne Vache started service in February with a menu full of French-influenced burgers. Now it’s time for the marbled bar to shine, with a recently unleashed cocktail program that goes heavy on lesser-known vermouths, liqueurs, and fortified wines. Kimberly Kong La Bonne Vache means “the good cow” in French. The debut drinks make the most of thei ..read more
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