H Street Corridor
Philly restaurateurs bring innovative plant-based dishes to H Street
If you’ve been scratching your head thinking up a romantic date option for your new vegetarian beau (and an option that you’d also enjoy), you’ve finally landed in the right place. H Street’s Fancy Radish is so good that meat eaters might forget what they thought they’d be missing, with ingredients that mock meat in the right way: carrots play the role of pastrami and smoked tofu acts as a veg-friendly pâté.
Their dishes are also globally inspired, meaning you get a little taste of everything from around the world.
MORE: Looking for other plant-based meals? Read about DC’s best vegetarian restaurants.
Twinkle-lit, farmhouse-chic restaurant known for its bold small plates
In 2014, it was practically a badge of honor to get a table at Rose’s Luxury, Aaron Silverman’s cult favorite New American restaurant nestled into a converted Capitol Hill townhouse. The restaurant became as synonymous with delicious small plates as it did with the ever-present line that made its way down the street as diners sometimes waited hours for a table. Considering that countless new restaurants have opened with just as much initial buzz, we’re almost surprised to say that the line is still there -- a testament to just how good this Michelin-starred restaurant really is. Except now you can use their online system to book date night same-day, taking a bit of the stress out of the experience and allowing you to focus on the stripped down but chic decor, the legendary lychee and pork salad, and, of course, your date.
Upscale Kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant with an impressive chef’s dinner
Heralded by many as the best sushi joint in town, this upscale Japanese spot is sure to impress, especially considering seats can only be booked via email a month in advance. Just like Little Serow, Sushi Taro takes the guesswork out of the ordering process -- a sure relief for those who aren’t well-versed in the language of nigiri and sashimi. Sit down for a chef’s choice dinner at the omakase counter and let the chefs work their magic, serving dishes like grilled marinated tuna cheek followed by stacks of boxes containing generous cuts of fish.