Oct 3, 2023 - Food and Drink

D.C.'s hottest restaurant openings this fall

Three Mediterranean pizzas on a checkered table

Levantine "not pizza" at Yellow. Photo courtesy of Rey Lopez

A bunch of exciting new restaurants just opened over the past month.

Why it matters: Some of these hotspots have been years in the making — though we're excited to try them all.

What's happening: Fresh options for Filipino, Lao, tacos, food halls…

🇵🇭 Hiraya Café: Rising star chef Paolo Dungca (Sari) just launched an all-day Filipino spot on H Street NE with comforting dishes like breakfast platters with tocino and heirloom garlic rice, bistek-frites, homemade pastries, and direct-import Sun & Stars Coffee.

  • Later this year, a second-floor dining and tasting room will showcase the Bad Saint alum's modern/upscale side.

🐟 Padaek 2.0: Chef Seng Luangrath of lauded Lao restaurant Thip Khao just unveiled an Arlington Ridge restaurant — a larger spinoff of her tiny Falls Church spot with an outdoor patio.

  • Much of Luangrath's original menu will migrate, though she's also adding regional Thai dishes and Burmese specials from executive sous chef Nyi Nyi Myint.

🍣 The Square: Downtown D.C.'s massive new food hall s0ft-launched with six vendors serving everything from churros to Jamón Iberico, local oysters, and fried chicken.

  • They'll continue to extend hours and options — check out the new speed-omakase from Nakazawa's longtime chef — so take a look at their Insta.
A Filipino ube crepe
All-day Filipino fare at Hiraya. Photo courtesy of Hiraya Restaurant

🍹 El Presidente: Philly-based restaurateur Stephen Starr (Le Diplomate, St. Anselm) is behind this splashy Mexican spot near Union Market, which channels Mexico City with an agave-fueled bar and creative eats including Mexican seafood towers, whole Baja fish, and tons of tacos.

🥙 Yellow and Yellow (Not) Pizza: Chef Mike Rafidi is making moves at his Yellow cafés in Navy Yard and Georgetown. The former just reopened with a new look and menu.

  • The latter just launched an evening Levantine pizza and small plate menu, plus cocktails and fun wines.

🐦‍⬛ Little Blackbird: Ashok Bajaj swapped out Cleveland Park's Bindaas for a new wine bar helmed by Sababa chef Ryan Moore. On tap: mindful wines (vegan, biodynamic, et al.), classic cocktails, and Med-leaning plates like socca flatbreads and roasted branzino.

🍻 Astro Beer Hall: A Shirlington spinoff of D.C.'s popular beer hall sprawls out with a coffee shop, gaming area (billiards, arcades), and a huge 140-seat patio.

  • Fueling the fun: Astro's signature fried chicken, doughnuts, beer, plus more pub-garden fare.

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