photo credit: Hiraya
You don’t expect to find steak frites and tenderly braised duck confit at your neighborhood cafe, but at Hiraya that’s what you get. The H Street counter-service coffee bar serves drinks and pastries with a Filipino twist like adobo chocolate chip cookies and caramelized banana lattes. And while the smell of black garlic and mango will pull you in through the restaurant's garage-style doors, it's the cafe's food platters that will have you glued to their wicker basket seats. Grab a seat at a wooden table, where you'll join remote workers nodding off to never-ending Zoom calls while plotting on (second or third) lunch (we recommend the garlic-marinated short ribs).