As the temperatures climb again, take a moment — and perhaps a streetcar, soon — to the nearby H Street corridor in Northeast Washington. Thanks to the continued promise of the new light-rail line connecting Union Station to Anacostia, many new dining and entertainment options are becoming available in this hot area. Entertainment, restaurants, and even an indoor bocce court now line this once less-glamorous street.
The most famous of places on H Street is perhaps the Atlas Theater. The Atlas Theater is home to the Joy of Motion Dance Studio and regular performances. Next door, The Rock & Roll Hotel is another recent spot for hot entertainment, housing a dance party every week, many popular DJs and a “drink to play, play to win” spelling bee.
Toki Underground is a new eatery that spices up the dining scene on H Street. D.C.’s first restaurant serving Taiwanese ramen, dumplings, and Asian-themed cocktails, Toki is a new hot spot for those looking for a unique dining experience. Be sure to try their pork cheek ramen with the homemade srirachi chili sauce.
For those seeking a more casual scene, enjoy H Street’s local Belgian-inspired restaurant and bar, Granville Moore. The lengthy beverage menu will have you coming back again and again to try the delicious cocktails. Make sure to try the mussels, which executive chef Teddy Folkman made to defeat Bobby Flay in an episode of “Throwdown.”
Vendetta, a bocce bar and tavern, offers its guests the chance to do the ultimate – throw balls and drink. Guests can even hold private parties where they serve more balls – meatballs.
If balls are your thing, also be sure to try the H St. Country Club, which offers a renowned menu with scrumptious Mexican food, as well as a large rooftop deck and the only miniature golf course in D.C. The weekend brunch also features bottomless mimosas, which no one should ever turn down.
Venturing a few blocks away from H Street is Union Market, featuring pop-up shops, restaurants and local produce. Many events are starting to encourage patrons, such as book signings, mixology seminars and gospel choir brunches. And don’t forget to check out Dock 5 for a potential event space. The 13,000-square-foot area can accommodate up to 1,500 people.
H Street is continuing to grow and will be bigger and better with the introduction of the D.C. streetcar. And just when can we expect to be joyriding on this streetcar?
Mayor Gray has promised it will be just a matter of months before the long-awaited line opens for business. Whether you use it to just get to work, or to enjoy a unique bar or restaurant experience, be sure to venture to H Street for great food and fun.
Phillip Ray is a Realtor with the Bediz Group (formerly Dwight and David Group) at Coldwell Banker Dupont. Reach him at 202-570-8822 or Phillip@dwightanddavid.com for advice on buying or selling in Dupont, H Street and beyond.