Cheat Sheet to the Latest Restaurant Openings

Keeping track of the ongoing rollout of restaurant after restaurant isn’t getting easier. For those who don’t want the play-by-play of the chef’s history or the decor inspiration, here’s the CliffsNotes guide of the latest openings:

SecretChopsticks

Non-Americanized Chinese + Panda Express-like name - forks and spoons + a nine-course tasting menu + ornamental umbrellasSecret Chopsticks (1850 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington)

penn6

Fake fireplace + raw bar + private dining + downtown office crowd + power spot aspirations + a master sommelier = Pennsylvania 6 (1350 I St. NW)

convivial

Mintwood Place + soundproofing - entrees + “medium plates” + escargots “in a blanket” + fancy ice + liquid nitrogen-chilled cocktail glasses = Convivial (801 O St. NW)

redwhite

Salad + pasta + pasta + pasta + cannoli - any other food + edison lightbulbs + sidewalk kitchen view = Red, White and Basil (1781 Florida Ave. NW)

hula

Plate lunches + spam musubi + poke - surfer dudes - the food truck + bring your dog - Metro vicinityHula Girl Bar & Grill (4044 Campbell Ave., Arlington)

momofuku

Pork buns + $17 ramen + hype + long lines + proximity to Gucci + cereal milk soft-serve + more hype = Momofuku CCDC (1090 I St. NW)

Chopsticks photo by Rey Lopez, Hula Girl photo via Hula Girl, other photos by Jessica Sidman