Lauded for both its cuisine and its atmosphere, Woo Lae Oak seats diners in spacious tables, booths, and portable pods, in which they can enjoy a distinctly Korean-American blend of abstract wall furnishings and traditional Korean artwork. The expansive bar, centered about a large fireplace with a modern tile hearth, features ample space for enjoying Soju and sushi. Please call ahead to confirm your reservation.
At Palace Korean BBQ, diners watch as meats sizzle atop tableside barbecue pits, flanked by a colorful mélange of marinated vegetables, rice, and Korean condiments. In addition to Korean barbecue, kim-chi, and bi bim bop dishes, Palace’s expert chefs chop fresh ingredients and simmer them in teriyaki sauce or roll them into fresh sushi and sashimi. Their sharable Japanese shabu-shabu dishes also warm empty bellies.
Decorated with minimalistic earth tones, Asian masks, and dark wooden tables and chairs, the dining room fuses traditional and contemporary elements better than a supercomputer glued to a horse-drawn carriage. Throughout the eatery, bamboo stalks spring up from square pots, glowing in the same neon lights that illuminate the fully-stocked bar.
Korean specialties such as barbecue short ribs, kimchi, and?of course?tofu soup fill the menu at this casual restaurant with outposts in Annandale and Centreville. Among the chefs' crowning offerings are steaming bowls of bi bim bap that cradle bulgogi (Korean-style marinated beef) as well as heaps of bean sprouts, corn, and fried egg. Depending on personal tastes, the spice levels of each dish can be custom calibrated from ultra-mild ?white? to three-alarm ?spicy spicy.? But not all dishes served here come to the table piping hot, including the cool naegn myun soup, a refreshing summer dish loaded with buckwheat noodles, slices of beef, and hints of Noreaster.
At Hot Spot, there are as many chefs as there are customers. That's because every customer gets to be the chef, and be in charge of creating and cooking their Asian-fusion hot pot. They start by picking out a type of steaming hot broth, which they will then use to cook their chosen meats, seafood, tofu, and vegetables. To pair with this, they can then create their own blend of dipping sauces from varieties such as the garlic, soy, and green onion sauces. Once meats and vegetables have cooked to a desired texture, clients can dip them in the sauces for added flavor. Each meal comes with as much as you can eat, which allows guests to invent many different dishes without building their own kitchen in the dining room.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Coffee Nature. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Coffee Nature. At Coffee Nature, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm. Wifi access is totally free at Coffee Nature, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Or, take your food to-go.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.
Spice up your day with some tasty Korean barbecue — Rice Bar is smack dab in the middle of Washington's Dupont Circle district. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Rice Bar, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Ready for a drink to unwind? At Rice Bar, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Rice Bar just as much as mom and dad. Big crowds can spread out in comfort at Rice Bar, which specializes in hosting large groups and gatherings. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. Rice Bar offers patio seating in the warmer months.
You can also serve food from Rice Bar at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by Rice Bar for carry out, or have them come to you with delivery.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Rice Bar. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Rice Bar is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Foggy Bottom Metro (Blue, Orange).
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Rice Bar for next to nothing.