By day, this elegant Indian eatery near the White House is a favorite of politicos. At night, Ashok Bajaj’s plush dining room becomes a retro supper club with live piano tunes. Classic cocktails and attentive service are a given anytime. The kitchen experiments with East/West mash-ups such as crispy kale chaat with tamarind chutney or cardamom-spiced venison. Silver thali trays tempt grazers, but we prefer larger plates like spicy duck kebab shot through with chilies and ginger, or shrimp dipped in lime-leaf yogurt. Date-and-walnut kulfi, India’s answer to ice cream, pairs well with showy tableside Cobra Coffee service. Expensive.
Also great: Mango shrimp with ginger; green-chili chicken; duck with apricots and cashews; truffle naan.