6 New Lunch Spots to Try Now

Plus one new restaurant opening this week.

The upstairs izakaya at Daikaya is now serving lunch. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Good news for those who love to dine out at lunch: A number of recently opened restaurants
are rolling out service, while a few old standby are making changes. A word to government
employees who suddenly find themselves with more free time and a tighter budget: There
are some real deals on this list.

Daikaya Izakaya

705 Sixth St., NW; 202-589-1600

We’re accustomed to slurping noodles at Daikaya’s ramen shop for lunch, but now you
can also head upstairs to the
izakaya. The menu features rice bowls and lavash wraps, including a riff on Hawaiian “loco
moco,” traditionally rice topped with a burger patty, fried eggs, and gravy. Lighter
eaters can opt for dishes such as a tuna sashimi bowl over rice or a pork belly wrap.

Fish Taco

7945 McArthur Blvd., Cabin John; 301-229-0900

Michael Harr, also of Bethesda’s Food Wine & Co.,
recently revamped the menu for his Cabin John taqueria. The all-day offerings can
be washed down with margaritas and seasonal aguas frescas.

Granville Moore’s

1238 H St., NE; 202-399-2546

You won’t find drastic changes at this six-year-old H Street pub, but regulars will
note that the space is slightly larger. A second window-side booth has been added,
and the kitchen will soon undergo a facelift. The menu also gets an update, boasting a number of new fall dishes like a smoked trout and
kale salad, Manchego-potato croquettes, and fried chicken with pickled slaw. Note: Lunch is served Friday only; brunch happens Saturday and Sunday*.

J&G Steakhouse

515 15th St., NW; 202-661-2440

W Hotel’s swank restaurant just reopened after a renovation, debuting a new look, bar, and
menus. You can order à la carte for lunch,
going upscale-casual (a grilled tuna burger) or all-out fancy (raw oysters and grilled
Akaushi-beef strip steak). There’s also a two-course, $19 express lunch with a choice
of either an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert.

Ovvio Osteria

2727 Merrilee Dr., Merrifield; 703-573-2161

Looking for a sit-down lunch at counter-order cost? Try this new Italian spot in Merrifield,
which recently launched a two-item lunch for $12. The choices,
posted online, change weekly. Expect dishes such as a seasonal salad of raw and braised
vegetables, steamed mussels with sausage, or a grilled portobello sandwich.

Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

2404 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4304

The Glover Park wine bar recently introduced an afternoon menu.
The lineup of classic lunch items includes a grilled romaine Caesar with a variety
of add-ons like seared tuna or chicken, a French dip, and a fried chicken sandwich.
Attention, liquid lunchers: House wines and cocktails go for $7, while draft beers
are only $4.

And coming soon . . .

Newton’s Noodles

1129 20th St., NW; 202-827-3907

Dennis Friedman’s fast-casual spinoff of Newton’s Table in Bethesda is facing opening delays, but look for a debut this week. Guests will
be able to customize bowls of “fuzu” noodles with one of two sauces (sweet-spicy soy
or coconut curry), plus proteins and veggies. Other dishes, such as rare ahi tuna
bites, are sized as individual appetizers or to serve four. In a rush? Call orders
in ahead of time.

*This post has been updated from a previous version. 

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.