The turnaround-of-the-year award goes to Wolfgang Puck’s DC satellite, which got both a renovation and a serious jolt of energy in the kitchen, still overseen by longtime deputy Scott Drewno. The menu is now almost exclusively Asian fusion, and you’ll hardly miss the Kobe sliders. The duck for two is transcendent, with lacquered skin and tender meat served with bao buns and a bevy of condiments. To start, get dumplings in any and all forms—steamed and filled with shrimp and scallop, fried and stuffed with pork and chive. Even better, order them on a Monday, when they’re discounted to five bucks a plate.
Don’t miss: Lobster dumplings; kale-and-Asian-pear salad; crispy suckling pig with apple purée; crispy whole fish; hot-pot tasting menu; pork fried rice; carrot cake.