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, that’s frequented by a who’s who of 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, homestyle lamb curry, and the tandoori salmon are among the most popular items. Intrigued? Better get out your calendar. You can dine in the bar/lounge without advanced reservations but that, too, is usually pretty full and the lounge seating 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.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
633 D St. NW
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Penn Quarter Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm; Mon–Thurs 5:30–10:30pm; Fri 5:30–11pm; Sat 5–11pm. Reservations recommended. Lounge stays open throughout the day serving light meals Transportation Metro: Archives–Navy Memorial or Gallery Place/Verizon Center (7th and F sts. exit) Phone 202/637-1222 Prices Main courses $16–$28; pretheater menu $35 Cuisine Type Indian Web site Rasika