Perfect For: Date Night Special Occasions
PHOTOS: Jai Williams

Himitsu only has around 25 seats (each of which has a kitchen view), and you want to be in one of them. This Japanese spot, on the increasingly cool Upshur Street in Petworth, changes its menu daily - but there’s always a mix of raw options, seasonal vegetables, and grilled fish. Everything we’ve had so far has impressed us, and the Kobe beef - a fall special - is one of the best pieces of meat we’ve had in DC. They don’t take reservations, but you can get drink at Timber or Hank’s Cocktail Bar while you wait.

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