The Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast DC is slowly changing from industrial-warehouse hub to dining destination. Giving it an extra push is the arrival of La Puerta Verde, a hip-Mex restaurant from Ari Gejdenson’s Mindful Restaurant Group. The restaurateur may be better known for the Italian fare at Ghibellina and Acqua al 2, but his team makes some mean grilled guacamole and mezcal-cilantro margaritas. The colorful setting is contrasted by stark metal-and-wood furnishings, but we’ll keep coming back for the tostadas piled high with ruby-red cubes of citrus-marinated tuna or chipotle-mayo calamari. Moderate.
Also great: Elote loco; grilled head-on jumbo shrimp; al pastor and tongue tacos; smoked corn with sautéed shrimp over grilled bread; tres leches cake.