The District has it’s fair share of red-blooded Americans hungry for a juicy piece of meat. So, too, is it chock-full of many restaurants to fill that steak-shaped void.
We’ve rounded up three excellent restaurants that truly stand out when it comes to fine cuts of meat (and one added bonus).
What It Is: An unassuming eatery from owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Kia Khanthongthip serving up market foods bursting of Bangkok flavors.
What Our Inspectors Say: "Black walls are emblazoned with gold-painted images, making a dramatic first impression. While the look is upscale, the menu celebrates the street foods of Thailand, offering a blend of influences from the owners' native Bangkok and the chef's Northern Thai heritage."
What to Order: Go with the inspectors and order the seua rong hai, a “holy grail of expertly grilled flank steak coupled with a spicy and crunchy green papaya salad.”
What It Is: Daniel Boulud's take on the classic French brasserie serving Lyonnais-inspired eats.
What Our Inspectors Say: "DBGB Kitchen and Bar’s City Center locale may rub shoulders with the likes of Hermès and Louis Vuitton, but this light-filled French restaurant maintains a relaxed elegance with tile floors, dark wood furnishings and orb pendant lights. It’s the kind of place where local politicos and dealmakers come to dish, drink and dine. "
What to Order: The steak frites here are served with garden greens and sauce Béarnaise. Opt for either the nine-ounce bistro filet or the 12-ounce rib eye—the choice is yours.
What It Is: A Bib Gourmand designee and neighborhood tavern that specializes in house-smoked seafood; carnivores will find comfort in the house-ground burgers, as well as the smoked birds and meat.
What Our Inspectors Say: "Lucky are the eaters who make their way to this unique seafood smokehouse. Inside the warehouse-like space, a daily market and state-of-the-art smokehouse reside at street level. Above this, find a tavern-like restaurant with a large, open-air rooftop."
What to Order: The char-grilled rib eye with shiitake-charred scallion butter, natch.
Hero image courtesy of DBGB.