100 Very Best Restaurant 2016: Iron Gate

Photograph by Scott Suchman.

A couple decades ago, the Iron Gate Inn, as it was called, was known for its lovely date-night space and not much else. Now, two years after it was taken over by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, it’s a destination for its cooking, too. Anthony Chittum excels with the peasanty sides of Greek and Italian cuisine. On the wisteria-covered patio (one of the most romantic spots around, even in winter, when fire pits warm it up), you can graze on small plates such as maple-roasted squash with yogurt, as well as platters of roasted meats. In the dining room, choose from four- and six-course tasting menus. NRG employs a dream team of cocktail and wine gurus, and what’s in your glass is given just as much thought as what’s on your plate.

Don’t miss: Cabbage salad; corned octopus; mixed grill; duck with chestnut agnolotti; root-vegetable cake; “Nicolaki” cocktail.

Pricing: Moderate to Expensive.

See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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