Cuisine: The earthy flavors of Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey reconceived as dazzling nibbles by chef José Andrés at this stylish Penn Quarter mezzeteria.
Mood: White walls, high ceilings, and flickering votives are the stage set for the lively bar and high-decibel dining room.
Best for: Budget-minded foodies, convivial groups, and anyone in search of a bright bite before or after a game or play.
Best dishes: Imam bayildi, tender eggplant with onions and tomatoes; fried mussels with walnut sauce; cured gray-mullet roe; Turkish pastirma, a garlicky variation on cured, air-dried beef; pork-and-orange-rind sausages; whole grilled fish with capers; beets and green beans with skordalia and toasted almonds; milk-chocolate cream with visne (sour cherry) sorbet; Turkish delight, a kitchen sink of a dessert with walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey gelée, and orange-caramel sauce.
Insider tips: The loft dining area is a wonderful perch away from the crowd, offering a bird’s-eye sweep of the restaurant. Servers tend to overestimate how many small plates will satisfy, so hold back when ordering.