Graffiato is a reliable small plates and Italian comfort food spot. Hit it up for date night, or before a show at the Verizon Center.
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
Not sure what you want? Compass Rose is the move. The Logan Circle spot serves small plates inspired by street food from all over the world.
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.
Nido is a cute, bright neighborhood spot in Brookland. If you’re in the area, the Mediterranean small plates make for a good weeknight dinner.
Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
Kyirisan is a sleek spot in Shaw with a French and Chinese menu. The food is unique, and very much worth your time.
For all taco needs in Bethesda, go to Gringos & Mariachis.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you're in Shaw.
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For g-rated drinking outings in Greenpoint, head to The Diamond. The shuffleboard and big back patio are good for low-key group hangs.