Thai Restaurant · Northwest Washington · 1511 17th St NW (at Church St NW), Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: This underground, 28-seat restaurant specializes in the hot, sour and herby notes of northeastern Thailand, doesn't take reservations and offers only a seven-course, family-style menu.
Washington Post: You don't have to like meat to warm up to the city's best steakhouse. While grilled beef is the centerpiece, chef John Critchley stocks his menu with all sorts of temptations from field and stream.
French Restaurant · Logan Circle - Shaw · 1601 14th St NW (at Q St NW), Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: Le Diplomate, under the care of executive chef Adam Schop, executes a perfect omelet, an expert steak au poivre, a divine apple tart, everything delivered by some of the best servers in the city.
Noodle House · Chinatown · 705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: There are two ways to experience this restaurant: Stay on the ground floor to sip the broth and slurp the noodles of Sapporo-style ramen or go upstairs to order from a menu small plates.
Asian Restaurant · U-Street · 1800 14th St NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: Part Thai, part Vietnamese, Doi Moi is pleasure. Mark Kuller (Proof, Estadio) and chef Haidar Karoum returned from Southeast Asia to create flavors that some foodists compare to Little Serow.
Greek Restaurant · U-Street · 2201 14th St NW (at W St NW), Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: The latest and perhaps greatest idea (yet) from "Top Chef" veteran Mike Isabella. At this Greek restaurant, the familiar flavors are all accounted for, but the presentations are up to the minute.