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There’s always a new favorite to be found in the DC food scene, with options ranging from barbecue to sushi to Hong Kong-style salads. Read on for our five top picks for the best new restaurants you need to check out in DC.

Federalist Pig

Make your way to this recently opened barbecue joint in Adams Morgan for some of the most delicious brisket you’ve ever tried. The melt-in-your-mouth meat entrees here are obviously what draw the DC crowds, but you can’t go wrong with sides like french fries and brussels sprouts either.

1654 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 827-4400

Kobo

Chevy Chase’s Kobo is the spot to head to for a special celebration night. The sleek, upscale sushi counter is located within a pre-existing neighborhood restaurant, Susiko, and specializes in multicourse, tasting menu-style offerings.

Inside Sushiko Chevy Chase, 5455 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 961-1644

Tiger Fork

Head out to Shaw to enjoy a meal at this gorgeously decorated restaurant, which specializes in the cuisine of Hong Kong. We recommend coming with a big group so you can order a few small plates and enjoy snacking on treats like cucumber salad with chiles and daikon salad with jellyfish.

922 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 733-1152

Rosario

Pasta-lovers, you’ll need to make a trip out to Adams Morgan to check out this romantic Italian joint. The menu features delicious, flavor dishes like spaghetti puttanesca and shrimp and mussels squid ink linguine that’ll give you a little taste of Rome. Pair with a glass of wine for an authentically Italian night out.

2435 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 791-0298

The Smith

Want a little taste of New York City during your trip to the capital? Head to the Smith, the recently opened branch of an NYC-based restaurant with an expansive menu to suit every taste. Take a seat and enjoy a medium well steak, topped with fries and bearnaise sauce- perfect for getting that Manhattan steakhouse vibe.

901 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 868-4900