Iconic chef Puck's first foray into Washington, D.C., provides diners with two alternate experiences. The downstairs area is home to an intimate lounge where guests can try small plates like sweet-and-spicy shrimp dumplings or a standard crop of sushi rolls. Dim sum brunch is served here on Saturday (11:30 am–3 pm). Upstairs the focus is on haute cuisine: think spicy clouds of raw tuna in delicate seaweed cones with a sprinkle of tiny fish roe, and short rib tender enough to fall off your fork. The service is so dedicated it borders on slavish. Don't miss the lacquered duck with rhubarb and the chocolate-chip cookies made in-house.