Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Pizza, American
Open Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 PM; Friday 3 to 11 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Meatballs; chicken wings; chickpea salad; spinach-ricotta pizza; pizza with pepperoni and smoked mushrooms; white pizza with clams; pork calzone; caramel ice cream sundae.
Pizzas, $9 (toppings are $1 extra).
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Why go: The rumpled servers and industrial decor channel Brooklyn coolness, and the Ping-Pong tables add a college-party vibe, but the kitchen—despite the departure of chef Carole Greenwood—turns out some of the city’s best boutique pizzas.
What to get: Cheesy veal-and-beef meatballs; wings with horseradish-heavy dipping sauce; spicy chickpea salad cut with citrus; thin-crust Yalie pizza with clams and slow-cooked onion; spinach-ricotta pizza; the Smokey, a pie with bacon and smoked Gouda; calzone with thin slices of pork; caramel ice-cream sundae.
Best for: A quick weeknight meal for kids and parents; an easy group dinner (booths fit eight, and there’s a communal table).
Insider tip: Most weekends there’s live music—often by indie bands—after the kitchen closes at 10:30.
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