Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Seafood in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Flashy Pearl Dive serves exceptional, sustainable oysters from both coasts, along with braised duck and oyster gumbo, crawfish fritters and insanely rich desserts (say, chocolate mousse cake or ricotta beignets). Fresh air from the big front windows wafts through the open industrial space, done up in a nautical, weathered-wood motif. It's wise to make reservations.

You can also wait at the upstairs bar, Black Jack, where fedora-wearing bartenders will swirl you a glamorous cocktail.