100 Very Best Restaurants: – Rasika

Rasika West End. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Rasika

633 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
1190 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

The Penn Quarter original is romantic and moody, while its West End spinoff has a more vibrant feel. Both feature Indian fusion menus with signatures such as palak chaat, the fabulous toss of fried spinach with yogurt and date chutney; luscious black cod with star anise, dill, and honey; and ginger-crusted tandoori lamb chops. Well-made, creative cocktails are a given, too. Expensive.