100 Best Restaurants 2009: Zaytinya
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Address: 701 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-638-0800
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Turkish, Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese, Lebanese, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday and Sunday 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Htipiti; fried eggplant; taramasalata; zucchini-and-cheese fritters; poached salmon with eggplant; veal cheeks with chanterelle-mushroom purée; prawns with charred-tomato sauce; salmon shawarma sandwich (lunch only); Greek-yogurt-and-apricot parfait; choc

Cuisine: José Andrés’s reimagined Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese mezze have purists admitting that these clever redos are often better than the classics.

Mood: An all-white palette and candles make the space shimmer. It might be romantic if not for the near-deafening buzz from the bar and other diners.

Best for: Groups out on the town or enjoying a pre– or post–Verizon Center meal.

Best dishes: Gigantes (lima beans on steroids) with kale; airy taramasalata; roasted cauliflower with pine-nut purée; zucchini-and-cheese fritters; adana kebab with harissa and sumac onions; lamb shank over eggplant purée; visne (cherry) soufflé with muscat-spiked yogurt and sour-cherry sorbet.

Insider tips: Limited reservations are available every night, but you usually have to call a few weeks in advance to get a prime weekend slot.

Service: ••

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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