Media and political types flock to this clubby restaurant a stone’s throw from the White House. The fit-for-the-Raj dining room is made for conversation—tables are well spaced, and at dinnertime the tinkling of a piano helps ensure that state secrets remain that way. The kitchen, helmed by Nilesh Singhvi, does lots of things well. Breads are wonderfully flaky, silver thali platters near works of art, tandoori meats nicely smoky, and curries for the most part suitably spicy. There are bouts of creativity in dishes such as a duck kebab and butternut-squash samosas. And though the place draws a power crowd, mere mortals get stellar service, too.
Don’t miss: Crispy arugula-and-spinach chaat;tandoori trout; duck-and-apricot curry; truffled naan.
Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.