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Keeping you up to date on the absolute latest in restaurant openings in the DC Metro area.
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THE ELEANOR
100 Florida Ave NELocated in Silver Spring, The Eleanor has officially opened its new location to the public. The concept boasts 7,700 square feet of space that allows guests to either enjoy the restaurant or arcade space. In terms of the menu, guests are able to enjoy dishes that have been locally sourced along with craft beer and cocktails. Standouts include the General Tso Chicken Wings and Hush Puppies Elote Loco Style. 202-758-2235 ; www.eleanordc.com
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ALBI
1346 4th St SEAlbi, the brainchild of Chef Michael Rafidi, has opened up in Navy Yard. The 76 seat spot offers guests the option of both indoor and outdoor seating along with a space for private dining. Borrowing influence from Rafidi's Middle Eastern heritage, Albi features a menu that incorporates local produce while emphasizing wood and charcoal cooking. Standout dishes include the manti dumplings with kefta, urfa chili crisps, and garlic yogurt along with the lamb dish. 202-921-9592 ; www.albidc.com 
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MAKAN
3400 11th St NWChef James Wozniuk, known for his previous work at Maketto and Spoken English, has launched Makan   in the downstairs space above the Thirsty Cow. Focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine, the menu is split up into two sections: 'Starters' and 'Nasi Campur' (which translates to 'with rice'). For starters, guests are able to enjoy dishes like Roti Jala, thin crepes dipped in vegan curry or the pickles starter dish which features a tart lime pickle with spices and diced veggies. In terms of the 'Nasi Campur' section, Makan offers plates like Beef Rendang and Pajeri Nenas (pineapple curry).  Photo Credit: Rey Lopez
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BUTTER CHICKEN 2
500 H St NEButter Chicken Company, the fast casual Indian concept from restauranteur Asad Sheikh, has opened up a second venue. Dedicated to serving up butter chicken, this location will operate like the first location; only preparing 300 servings of butter chicken per day. For $11, guests are able to enjoy a serving of the dish along with two sides which range from options like Saag Paneer, spinach and cheese, along with Naan, and Vegetable Biryani. 202-921-9750 ; www.usabutterchicken.com.
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MAXWELL PARK: NAVY YARD
1346 4th St SEA 46-seat wine bar has just officially opened up in Navy Yard: Maxwell Park. Spearheaded by the award-winning sommelier Brent Kroll, the new concept serves as the second location and features a menu of 50 extensive wines by the glass along with some cocktail options. Maxwell Park, named after a park in Detroit that Kroll frequented as a child, also features a rotating menu of small plates meant to compliment the libation options. In terms of decor, the space boasts a slate bar along with floor-to-ceiling windows. 202-792-9522 ; www.maxwellparkdc.com.
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EL SOL: VIENNA
262 Cedar LaneDC's beloved brother-sister chef duo, Jessica and Alfredo Solis, have launched a new El Sol location in Vienna. The new 80-seat venue is the largest venture for the team and features 3,900 square-feet of space. El Sol NoVa outpost is serving up the same menu that features beloved dishes like tacos and carne asada. In terms of the bar, El Sol focuses on libations with mezcal and tequila and is also offering a weekend brunch menu. 703-712-7701 ; www.elsol-dc.com
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SIGN OF THE WHALE
1825 M St NWFormerly known as a beloved bar for the college crowd, Sign of the Whale has just reopened with after a two-month long facelift. Now under new ownership, the concept has undergone a full interior renovation and emerged with a Japanese-Southern menu. Some standouts include the grilled yakitori skewers, octopus fritters, and fried oysters. Cocktails range from the lychee old fashioned to a traditional gin & tonic. Guests are also able to go to the new venue for Happy Hour form 4PM until 7PM and sip on a selection of drinks ranging from a $5 beer to select $8 cocktails. 202-506-4745 ; www.thewhaledc.com. Photo Credit: Rey Lopez
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SWEET SCIENCE COFFEE
33 N St NESweet Science Coffee, formerly a pop-up, has opened their first standalone storefront. For those not familiar with the concept, guests first choose what kind of coffee they want and then watch as baristas brew it using their signature method that takes about seven minutes. Aside from coffee, the store also offers a plethora of pastries that includes buttermilk biscuits, elderflower pear muffins, along with banana streusel muffins. The cafe's minimalist and industrialist decor has been curated by Places Studio; based in both DC and Brooklyn.www.sweetsciencecoffee.com ; 202-817-3669
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REREN LAMEN & BAR
1073 Wisconsin Ave NWReren Lamen & Bar, located in Georgetown, has opened to the public and is serving up a variety of authentic Asian plates. Guests can expect a menu that features organic, locally sourced products and blends Thai, Japanese, and Chinese flavors. Standout dishes include lame noodles, pork belly, and the grilled salmon. On Fridays and Saturdays, Reren Lamen & Bar stays open until 2AM.www.rerendc.com; 202-290-3677
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ANAFRE
3704 14th St NWAnafre, located in Little Havanna former venue, is placing a unique twist on Mexican cuisine and incorporating seafood into the menu. Guests are able to try innovate dishes like the Yucatan shrimp tostadas, fried oyster tacos, and the Puerto Nuevo style whole lobster. For those looking for a more traditional Mexican dining experience, Anafre features dishes like enchiladas and tacos with chicken and steak. In terms of the drink menu, tequila takes over in cocktails like the classic margarita and a variety of other house-crafted drinks. www.anafredc.com ; 202-758-2127Photo Credit: Rey Lopez
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