Your guide to the best restaurants along the District’s late night hot spot
It may be the Atlas Performing Arts Center that anchors the H Street NE corridor and kicked off the area’s renewal, but the neighborhood known for its late night bar and club scene is also quietly making a name for itself among informed foodies. On H Street, you’ll find options from DC fave, chef Erik Bruner-Yang, along with plenty of places to get a great meal before or after a night in this up-and-coming corridor.
Far East Fare
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang attracted foodies to H Street with his first outing, Toki Underground, a few years ago. The tiny hot spot serves Taiwanese ramen, dumplings and cocktails surrounded by spray painted walls and a line of eager diners waiting on the stairs for a table to become available. Though no longer with Toki Underground, Bruner-Yang made a little more room for patrons with his second foray into H Street. Maketto is a dining-retail-coffeeshop triumvirate featuring more of Bruner-Yang’s signature Taiwanese fare, as well as Cambodian dishes. The minimalist, two-story space also offers a curated collection of international clothing, accessories, books and magazines, and Vigilante Coffee and Frenchie’s pastries in its cafe.
Bruner-Yang also has ties to the boutique located off H Street called, Shopkeepers, run by his wife. At the back of the home goods-clothing-stationary hybrid, shoppers will discover Conbini Café, a smallscale outfit hawking mochi, curry with pork belly and Okonomiyaki at a small countertop. But Bruner-Yang and company don’t have the entire market cornered. Sticky Rice boasts a fresh sushi bar with creative rolls like the G.I. Jane, plus buckets of tater tots for nostalgia’s sake
If you’ve never experienced the vibrant flavors and colors of Burmese cooking, then you’re in for a treat at Thamee. From the minds behind Union Market’s popular Toli Moli bodega comes an elevated take on classic dishes from the Southeast Asian nation that combines Chinese, Thai and Indian influences. Creative dishes bursting with flavor are plentiful, but diners rave about the pork belly and pickled mango curry and the lahpet poke, a traditional Burmese salad with pickled tea leaves.
Before or After a Show
H Street’s Atlas Arts Center draws a crowd most nights of the week with its diversity of performances in multiple theaters. Before or after you sit down for a performance, H Street offers plenty of dining options. The tri-level restaurant Smith Commons pairs craft beers with seasonal favorites, and let’s loose on Friday and Saturday nights with a DJ.
Calling all vegetarians: Fancy Radish is your new home-away-from-home with unique dishes like a rutabaga fondue served with a soft pretzel or the restaurant’s namesake “fancy radishes,” which are plated with shico, shichito, yuzu avocado, pickled tofu and smoked soy.
After Hours on H
H Street’s nightlife scene attracts DC’s hipster crowd. There’s no jacket and tie required at the tongue in cheek H Street Country Club, which hosts patrons who want to play mini golf, skee ball and shuffleboard while dining on Mexican food. And U Street institution Ben’s Chili Bowl knew what it was doing when it opened an outpost on H Street. The hot dog-and-chili haven attracts a post-party crowd.
Eat Where Chef Carlos Delgado Eats
When China Chilcano’s Carlos Delgado isn’t rustling up dishes from his native Peru, he’s hitting up H Street NE for amazing eats. Stoke your appetite during this Chefs Dish DC foodie adventure as Delgado devours smoky blue cheese mussels at Granville Moore's and snacks on steamed buns at Maketto.