Agora is where you go when you forgot your friends were visiting and you need a five-person table on two hours notice and Emma just texted you, “You took care of dinner, right?” It gets overlooked for the trendier spots in Dupont, but the Mediterranean food is pretty good. It won’t be the best you’ve ever had, but between the flatbreads, salads, and mezes, you’re bound to find something you like. Use it for something last minute, and Emma will think you planned it for weeks.
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Attached to the Carlyle Hotel in DuPont, The Riggsby does everything “classic” extremely well.
Little Serow’s Northern Thai tasting menu is not only one of the best deals in DC - it’s one of the best meals in DC. Just prepare for some heat.
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Tail Up Goat
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar
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.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
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