5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20015
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Owen Thomson—the bar manager at this new Bryan Voltaggio spot who formerly helmed the drinks programs at José Andrés’s restaurants—takes advantage of a seriously tricked-out kitchen to concoct ingredients for brilliant original cocktails such as the ethereal gin-based East Sea and the Vegan Sacrifice, a spicy Scotch drink chilled with a veal-stock ice cube. Insider tip: Drink nerds will want to forgo the dining room and grab a stool at the marble bar, but they shouldn’t miss cocktail-friendly “small plates” (they’re huge), including duck galantine and uni-topped kimchee linguine. Open daily.