Sometimes you eat noodles with the intent to go home afterwards and fall asleep while watching reruns of The Office. That’s not the case with Momofuku. The CityCenter spot is big, loud, and always a good time. And although it has your noodle needs covered, don’t skip the pork buns, fried chicken, and rice cakes. Plan a group dinner here, order a lot, and get some cereal milk soft serve from Milk Bar for dessert.
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Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.
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Mandu in Dupont has a casual Korean food (and great dumplings) perfect for a date, group hang, or catch-up.
Head to Bonchon in Navy Yard for Korean fried chicken before a Nats game or for a quick lunch.
Chiko is a fast-casual spot near Eastern Market that serves a mix of Chinese and Korean food, with a $50 reservation-only tasting menu.
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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.
The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
There are plenty of ramen options in the District nowadays. Head to Daikaya in Chinatown when you're craving lighter, more traditional noodles.
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