100 Best Restaurants 2012: New Heights
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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.


It's a measure of the enduring consistency of this Woodley Park restaurant that it hasn't stumbled or slowed since hiring chef Ron Tanaka a few months ago. A disciple of Michel Richard, Eric Ziebold, and Frank Ruta, Tanaka was one of the secrets behind the success of Cork, for years now the area's best wine bar. Afforded greater creative latitude in his new role, the chef has crafted a contemporary American menu that abounds in clear, focused presentations--from a gorgeous bowl of mussels spiced with cubes of local coppa to a satisfyingly simple Amish roast chicken.

The Babinga Bar--named for the West African rosewood it's made of--remains one of the best places to experience DC's craft-cocktail culture, particularly concoctions built from the bar's gin collection.

What to get: Roast cod in saffron broth; seared Moulard duck breast with black lentils; ricotta gnocchi in blue-cheese broth, with English peas and pancetta.

Open daily for dinner. Expensive.

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