777 I Street., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Oxtail “tots”; flatbread topped with Buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and celery; miniature hot dogs with house-made ketchup; tuna-tartare-filled sliders on Parker House rolls; Primanti Brothers sandwich with soppresatta, shoestring fries, and a runny egg; s
Lounge menu, $10 to $24. Dining room, $10 to $23. Five-course tasting menu, $77.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
Our favorite part of Peter Smith's Modern American restaurant, PS 7's, has long been its more casual bar/lounge. That's where you'll find one of the best burgers in town as well as a fine pair of half-smokes smothered in veal chili. Share a few rounds of sliders, whether made from tuna tartare--they've been a staple on the menu since day one--or pork-belly bánh mì. Gina Chersevani plays mistress of ceremonies from behind the bar, pouring excellent cocktails such as Situation Rum, topped with a cloud of coconut espuma, and doling out tastes of whatever crazy experiment she's working on that night--on our last visit, it was a Pimm's Cup-inspired cupcake. The drinks can get expensive, but happy-hour food specials help, and on Mondays that killer burger is half price.
Also good: Nutty Goat flatbread with walnut butter and goat's-milk Gouda; Primanti Brothers sandwich; Recovery Blues cocktail, a mix of Miller High Life and ginger liqueur.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.