100 Very Best Restaurants: #77 – The Imperial


It’s pretty much a given that you’re going to drink well in this mod dining room from the owners of whiskey mecca Jack Rose. The Adams Morgan newcomer boasts a vast collection of vintage spirits as well as good low-proof cocktails (try the sherry Negroni). Chef Russell Jones’s French-meets-Southern menu is just as much a draw. Carolina Gold–rice risotto comes topped with uni, while throwbacks such as oysters Rockefeller and beef Wellington are excellently revived. Moderate.