Bantam King dishes up ramen for lunch
501 G St., NW
Longtime fans of Daikaya can now pop into the recently-opened sister ramen joint for lunch, served daily from 11 am to 3 pm. On the menu: chicken ramen, crispy birds, and dumplings.
The Source launches a wallet-friendly tasting menu (plus new snacks)
575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Chef Scott Drewno offers a new, moderately-priced tasting menu in the lounge for those who don’t want to splurge on $135 prix-fixe in the dining room. For $35 per person, guests get five small starters (i.e. sashimi, crab curry), followed by a choice of appetizer and roasted pork moo shoo wraps for the entree. Grazers will also find new a la carte snacks such as Szechuan fish and chips and tempura soft-shell crab.
Central debuts summer brunch
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Michel Richard’s downtown bistro just launched a moderately-priced Sunday brunch menu, with three courses for $27 (served 11 am to 2:30 pm). Options include gazpacho, fried chicken and waffles, and sorbet. Add on bottomless brunch drinks for $15.
Alta Strada opens for late-night noshes
465 K St., NW
Michael Schlow’s newly-opened Alta Strada offers late-night options for bar patrons on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 pm to 1 am. The menu includes pizzas–priced at $10 and under–and antipasti such as crunchy meatballs.
Extended happy hour ‘till the fireflies come out’ at Firefly
1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW
This Dupont neighborhood stalwart offers a new happy hour from 4 pm to sunset (8:30-ish), Monday through Friday. Specials include $7 summery cocktails with plenty of fruit and herbs, like the High Noon (sparkling wine, grapefruit tonic, garden basil), as well as mocktails.
Dollar oysters at Oceanaire
1201 F St., NW
Attention, bivalve fans: Oceanaire’s downtown location now serves $1 oysters on Sundays from 5 to 9 pm.