Alba Osteria launches a late-night menu
425 Eye St., NW; 202-733-4454
Night owls can visit the spacious bar at this Italian spot for the Five at Ten menu, starting Friday and running regularly on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 to 1. You’ll find $5 beers, wines, and house cocktails, small plates, and half-price pizzas such as the Capriciosa, topped with artichokes, pancetta, and fior di latte mozzarella.
The DNV Rooftop reopens
1155 14th St., NW; 202-379-4366
One of the best rooftop bars for sunbathing and stargazing in DC reopens on Friday with new menus. Zentan chef Jennifer Nguyen created a lineup of Asian-style tacos, and barkeep Jon Harris designed al fresco-friendly drinks including Vietnamese salted lemonades and a Japanese-style gimlet. Opening-day hours are from 4 to 1, with regular evening hours available online.
Ovvio Osteria offers gluten-free options
2727 Merrilee Dr., Merrifield; 703-573-2161
It’s easy to go wheat-free at this Merrifield Italian, thanks to a new menu. In addition to common gluten-free dishes such as salads, charcuterie, and risotto you’ll find a number of corn-based pastas and pizza crusts fashioned from rice flour, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary.
Red Light opens on 14th Street
1401 R St., NW; 202-234-0400
Hoping to hit a new spot this week? The latest addition to 14th Street soft-opens on Saturday at 4 with a limited dessert menu from former Komi pastry chef Robert Underwood. In addition, look for creative cocktails from brother mixologists Ari and Micah Wilder and a roomy patio for late-afternoon drinking and sunbathing.
Oyamel changes menus and extends its hours
401 Seventh St., NW; 202-628-1005
Those looking for late-night eats in Penn Quarter can head to Oyamel starting Thursday. Chef Colin King devised a post-dinner menu—handy for the many theater-goers in the neighborhood—with confit baby pig and seared mahi-mahi tacos, striped bass ceviche, homey pozole rojo, and more. The fare is offered from 10 to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 to 2 Thursday through Saturday.
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-393-0701/3311 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-6750
Two eateries from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj launch Sunday dinner specials. Guests at 701 will find a weekly changing three-course menu ($35, or $55 with wine pairings), which you can linger over while listening to live jazz. Sample dishes include butternut soup with crispy Brussels sprouts and roasted steak with blue-cheese sabayon. Uptown at Ardeo, the rotating three-course menu includes a glass of wine ($40), and can be made vegetarian upon request. Look for dishes such as crab-topped deviled eggs and roast chicken with grilled ramps and spring garlic jus.