9 New Bars and Restaurants to Try Now

All-Purpose dishes up Italian-American eats like this Duke #7 pizza, decked out with spicy nduja and giardiniera. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

All Purpose

1250 Ninth St., NW

Chef Michael Friedman of the Red Hen taps into his Italian-American roots for this new Shaw venture, which centers creative pizzas—we have our eye on the “Buona” with pepperoni and chili-honey. In addition to the pies look for house-made charcuterie and riffs on red sauce classics (sweetbreads “marsala,” fried truffle mozz).

Buttercream Bakeshop from pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac brings nostalgic sweets to Shaw. Photography by Evy Mages

Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 Ninth St., NW

After a series of popular pop-ups and events, pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac finds a permanent home in Shaw. Creative, often nostalgic sweets like Nutella ho-hos and Mallomar-inspired cupcakes join savory breakfast items. Brides-to-be, take note: the shop is also open for wedding cake business.

Cappy’s Crabs opens in Petworth’s former Crane & Turtle space with hot crabs and cold beer. Photograph via Facebook

Cappy’s Crabs

828 Upshur St., NW

Hot steamed crabs and cold pitchers of beer mean summer fun at this temporary restaurant that opens Friday, housed in the former Crane & Turtle space through Labor Day. Ex-Minibar chef Johnny Spero mans the steam pots, but don’t expect anything too fancy—Chesapeake classics like crab dip, grilled oysters, and seafood sandwiches are the draw. Another perk: crab feasts to-go.

Greenhouse Bistro opens in Tysons with Mediterranean fare and a tea lounge. Photograph courtesy of Greenhouse Bistro

Greenhouse Bistro + Samovar Tea Lounge

2070 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna 

Green is the theme of this new Tysons eatery, which boasts an indoor/outdoor feel and tea lounge for hot samovar-style pots and light bites. The bistro menu skews Mediterranean and Italian, with brick oven pizzas, share plates of meatballs and grilled octopus, and a number of vegetarian/vegan options.

The Majestic reopens in Alexandria, switching over to a Mediterranean menu. Photograph by Haley Garrison-Philips
The Majestic reopens in Alexandria, switching over to a Mediterranean menu. Photograph by Haley Garrison-Philips

The Majestic

 911 King St., Alexandria

An Old Town institution returns with the reopening of the Majestic, under the ownership of the Alexandria Restaurant Partners (Virtue Feed & Grain, Palette 22). Chef Gaby Hakman takes the menu in a new Mediterranean direction instead of the past southern influences, opting for vegetable-centric dishes. That being said, nightly specials include prime rib Fridays.

The Lucky Buns burger pop-up offers versions of McCoy’s popular patties, Crisp’s burger royal. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Lucky Buns 

3301 Georgia Ave., NW

Chef Alex McCoy has shown himself to be a burger master (tangible evidence: the burger royale at Crisp). Starting this Sunday, you’ll find a weekly patty pop-up at Alfie’s, where McCoy in his team create combinations like the green chili-cheeseburger decked out with garlic mayo and smoked cheddar, or a banh mi-style veggie option.

Camp out on Radiator's patio with a refreshing cocktail and game like Connect Four. Photograph by Evy Mages
Camp out on Radiator’s patio with a refreshing cocktail and game like Connect Four. Photograph by Evy Mages


1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW

After a few weeks of delays, the cocktail bar and eatery at Logan Circle’s new Mason & Rook hotel is finally open. Come for the patio games like giant Connect Four and shuffleboard, stay for refreshing cocktails and an eclectic menu of eats like lamb tacos and ham croquettas from chef Jonathan Dearden (formerly Ardeo + Bardeo).

Republic Restoratives Distillery opens in Ivy City with local vodka and a cocktail bar. Photograph courtesy of Republic Restoratives

Republic Restoratives

1369 New York Ave., NE

DC’s newest distillery recently debuted in Ivy City, equipped with a tasting room bar manned by former Le Diplomate mix master David Strauss. Come with a taste for vodka—the distilleries inaugural release—but look for a variety of liqueurs and whiskey in the coming months.

Whaley’s opens with a raw bar and modern seafood menu near Nationals Park. Photography by Jeff Elkins


301 Water St., SE

The team behind DGS Delicatessen branch out to more watery themes, opening a seafood restaurant and raw bar in Navy Yard along the Anacostia River. Local oysters, crispy soft-shell crabs, and family-style seafood risotto are all on offer, as well as a few options for the die-hard carnivores.

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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.