Season your day with some Korean-style spice — go to Nam Kang for dinner and save the leftovers for next day's lunch. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Nam Kang's extensive drink list.
Nam Kang is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Or, take your grub to-go.
Nam Kang patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Maryland Ave location.
The menu at Nam Kang is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Deftly blending New American and Spanish culinary propensities, Nicaro's menu changes daily to accommodate fresh flavors and culinary innovations. Recent offerings include bold, seafaring starters such as the shrimp bruschetta and the blackened, grilled, or barbecued salmon bites (each $9). The blackened chicken sandwich ($12) is served with steak fries and chipotle aioli, and the tossed house salad ($4.50 for a small and $8 for a large) unites julienne peppers, mushrooms, croutons, and bruschetta tomatoes in the perennial battle against boringly bagged grocery-store salads. The fettuccine with Alfredo sauce and basil pesto ($24) and the grilled vegetable platter ($15) both come stamped with the chef's recommendation.
Before guests to Japone—or its less-formal sister eatery, Café Japone, located upstairs—even take their first bites, they notice the restaurant’s unusually colorful environment: an attached lounge area dubbed Sango Sho surrounds patrons in oceanic hues and fiber-optic luminescence, and regular DJ performances keep toes moving so that they don’t get caught by a shark. Karaoke kicks off at 9:30 p.m. every night in both Japone and Café Japone, giving guests two places to show off their pipes on a continually updated list of the latest hit English, Japanese, and Spanish-language tracks.
To keep mouths happy, Japone's French-trained chef fuses Japanese and French flavors. Entrees include curried jumbo shrimp and scallops, plated with fresh veggies, japanese mushrooms, and a dollop of rice, while sushi specialties include the Arizona roll with shrimp tempura and carrot.
A local watering hole, Meeting Place is the perfect place to meet friends for your next round of drinks. Meeting Place offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Take advantage of the bar's open space and tap into your inner dancer. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the bar can get noisy.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Meeting Place, so plan accordingly. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Mcpherson Sq Metro (Blue, Orange).
Grab some friends and head on over to Adams Morgan's Brass Monkey for great pub grub. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. With Brass Monkey's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Brass Monkey. The restaurant frequently features a DJ, so patrons can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor. Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the restaurant tend to be packed.
Guests take to street parking at Brass Monkey's 18th Street Northwest spot.
Brass Monkey is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.