Great New Restaurants 2010: Bibiana
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
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Address: 1100 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-216-9550
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Monday through Wednesday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 10:30; Thursday and Friday 11:30 to 2:30, 5:30 to 11; Saturday 5:30 to 11
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square, Metro Center
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Chicken-liver mousse on toast; burrata salad; oysters with lemon emulsion; veal meatballs with marinara; black spaghetti with crab; pizza with lardo and a runny egg; braised veal cheeks with polenta, mushrooms, and hazelnuts; squab with peaches; fried ar
Price Details: Starters $3 to $18, entrées $16 to $34.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating

Orange walls and spiky metallic globes make the dining room glow at this Italian hot spot. But the kitchen turns out such homey dishes as a fluffy meatball atop creamy polenta and a subtle mound of ricotta splashed with honey, toasted almonds, and chives. Don’t miss Douglas Hernandez’s inspired dessert menu, which has included a beautiful fruit-and-basil soup and a hazelnut-studded semifreddo. Also worthwhile are the digestivi: The house-made after-dinner liqueurs are reasonably priced for sampling, come in such intriguing flavors as fennel-lemon, coffee, and walnut, and are an authentically Italian way to end a meal.

Don’t miss: Chicken-liver crostini; burrata salad; black spaghetti with sweet crab; squab with peaches; side of cauliflower with garlic and anchovies.

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