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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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.