100 Best Restaurants 2008: New Heights
No. 47: New Heights
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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New Heights
Address: 2317 Calvert St., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-234-4110
Neighborhood: Woodley Park
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday for 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Woodly Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Roasted beet salad; potted black-bean rillettes; smoked trout with soba noodles; seared sea scallops with sweet-potato-duck hash; wild boar chop with red mole sauce; macaroni and cheese; creme brulee.
Price Details: Appetizers, $7.50 to $11; main courses, $19 to $29.

Cuisine: Newly installed chef and wine guru John Wabeck’s dishes might skitter around the globe for inspiration—an Indian-inspired thali platter, fried oysters with Tabasco aïoli, Tex-Mexish black-bean rillettes—but with clearly honed flavors, they rarely feel scatterbrained.

Mood: The second-floor dining room looks 20 years behind the times, but it’s still quietly comfortable and warm. Wabeck, who has attracted a following, can often can be seen discussing his dishes with fans.

Best for: Wine-savvy diners who don’t mind a little trendiness on the plate and none in the decor.

Best dishes: A salad of roasted beets atop garlicky walnut pesto; potted black-bean purée layered with guacamole and Mexican crema; miso-drizzled soba noodles with house-smoked trout; seared sea scallops on a wonderful duck-and-sweet-potato hash; a tender chop of wild boar with aromatic red mole and a tangy sundried-tomato-and-bacon salsa; delicious mac and cheese with a dark crust and lots of Grafton cheddar; crème brûlée.

Insider tips: Portions tend to be big, and appetizers make for easy sharing. Wabeck’s wine list abounds in interesting gems—by the bottle, the glass, and the taste.

Service: •••

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