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Rasika serves exquisite modern Indian food (Chef Vikram Sunderam won the prestigious James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic region, in 2014) in an intimate, soft-lit, shimmering champagne-hued setting, frequented by a who’s who in the capital and the world beyond. Its specialties are griddle, open barbecue, tandoori, and regional dishes; the palak chaat (crisped spinach in a yogurt sauce), black cod with honey, duck vindaloo, and the tandoori salmon are among the most popular items. Intrigued? Better get out your calendar. You can dine in the bar/lounge without advance reservations, but that, too, is usually pretty full—and the seating is too low for comfortable eating. Rasika has a sister in the West End, at 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW (www.rasikarestaurant.com/westend; tel. 202/466-2500), a larger location with a similar menu and just as popular as the Penn Quarter Rasika.