Make a reservation well in advance for this Indian fine-dining experience in Penn Quarter, where, after more than a decade on the culinary scene (it more than fills DC's "upscale Indian" gap), the contemporary restaurant still gets packed with professionals both young and old, and plenty of client-wooing dinners. That said, you'll want to eschew jeans on your special night out at Rasika, and perhaps anything white as well, considering you'll be indulging in saucy plates of expertly made classics like chicken tikka masala, tandoori lamb chops, and duck vindaloo. You'd be remiss not to order a side of the fan-favorite palak chaat, too: crisp, lightly fried spinach leaves drizzled with sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney. The white tablecloth? It's a goner.
Both locations of this luxe Indian restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving for a price-fixed menu prepared by chef Vikram Sunderam. The meal begins with butternut squash pine nut tikki, followed by a “Raan-e-turkey” with drumsticks, pumpkin seeds, cashew nut, nutmeg, and saffron. Each three-course menu is topped off with a spiced pumpkin cheesecake.