1520 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast
Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Pintxo of chorizo, manchego, and quince; salmorjero, a thickened gazpacho; shrimp with garlic and lemon; patatas bravas; montadito of goat cheese, tomato, and salsa verde; chorizo bocadillo with Idiazábal cheese; tuna bocadillo with peppers; mushroom croq
Tapas, $3 to $14.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Mark Kuller’s Spain-inspired small-plates restaurant is a bit easier to get into these days—but only because the blocks around it became even more crammed with restaurants in the past year. That’s fine with us, because we never liked waiting two hours (the place doesn’t take reservations after 6 pm for parties of fewer than six) to get our fix of gin-spiked “slushitos” and toothpick-speared nibbles of Manchego with membrillo. And besides, chef Haidar Karoum’s kitchen is as strong and consistent as ever, turning out hanger steaks and squid smoky from the plancha, crisp ham croquetas silky with béchamel, and fabulous curry-spiced grilled chicken with cilantro rice. You can drink as well as you eat, thanks to cocktail master Adam Bernbach, who gets creative with Cava and sherry and mixes some of the area’s best gin-and-tonics.
Open: Monday through Thursday for dinner, Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Don’t miss: Green-bean salad with goat cheese; pork-belly sandwich; Manchego burger (brunch only); Manchego cheesecake.