Hard economic times have sparked a boomlet in New Deal nostalgia around the capital, and nothing epitomizes financial-crisis chic like this embrace of Americana created by celebrity chef Jose Andres to showcase "the lost dishes that sustained those who came before us," as the menu puts it. In practice, that means crowd-pleasing executions of more mundane classics—think Cobb and Waldorf salads—and riskier return engagements, such as the piquant Hangtown fry of oysters,
eggs, and bacon. At Minibar ($$$$), a six-stool bar on the second floor, you can explore a less wallet-conscious tasting menu of about 30 creative morsels, such as a foie-gras "lollipop" coated with cotton candy, conjured up before your eyes. Minibar is arguably the most adventurous dining experience in the city, which means you have to reserve at least a month in advance.
405 8th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20004, USA