At this Indian spot, marigold-hued walls are scrawled with quotes and graffiti, Bollywood tunes pop from the television, and a chalkboard menu teems with curries, kati rolls, warm flatbreads, and more than 30 vegetarian and vegan options. Explore the rich, long-simmered stews that are central to Punjabi cuisine with a thali, a five-dish platter that lets you pick a meat (we recommend the fragrant ginger-and-garlic-braised lamb curry) alongside hearty vegetables like smoky puréed eggplant and spicy pumpkin. Apart from tender goat, chicken dominates the meat side of the menu—it’s brightened with mango, braised on the bone, or ground into juicy seekh kebabs. Don’t miss the jars of house-made mango pickle and chutney for dressing up the plates and the large, shareable bottles of Taj Mahal lager for taming the heat.
Where you can get it: 243 K St., NE; 202-544-4777
Also good: Chicken masala; butter buns with mashed potatoes; dal makhani;onion paratha.