Well-spaced tables perfect for doing deals and sharing scoops make this Indian spot steps from the White House a favorite of reporters and lobbyists at lunch. By night, the plush dining room draws a celebratory crowd. Any worries that the culinary end of things might be too tame are dispelled with a bite of chili-stoked duck sausage, made in-house, or incendiary lamb vindaloo. Also aiding the cause: embellishments such as date raita and lemon-mustard chutney, which take even familiar plates into new territory. Expensive.
Also great: Crispy kale; mango fish curry; chicken-and-morel stew; goat with turnips; truffle naan; date-walnut kulfi.