Top choice japanese in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Himitsu gets heaped with praise by foodie tastemakers (Bon Appetit magazine, James Beard Foundation) and no wonder. It's hard not to fall for chili-spiked seafood crudos (raw fish) and candied pumpkin seed-topped eggplant, served with cocktails and exquisite care in a comfy, 24-seat room. No reservations, so give the host your cell number, then wait in a nearby bar.

Note Himitsu serves mostly small plates; you'll need a few to fill up.