DGS Delicatessen’s appetizing board with salmon and whitefish.
Dining in DC is so diverse that it’s easy to go traditional—or not—for celebratory meals. One of the hottest new restaurants in the city is the chic French bistro Le Diplomate (1601 14th St. NW, 202-332-3333) from restaurateur Stephen Starr. Bustling and upbeat, the restaurant’s menu includes hearty and delicious winter treats such as beef bourguignon and roasted duck breast.
For an alternative holiday dinner this year, also consider DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-293-4400) located one block south of Dupont Circle. Known for traditional Jewish dishes like matzo ball soup, DGS has created a special Hanukkah menu, available beginning November 27. You’ll find three unique versions of latkes: sweet potato and red onion; potato, beet, and horseradish; and potato, carrot, and cumin—all served with homemade apple preserves and sour cream. DGS also serves up sufganiyot, Israeli donuts, stuffed with pastry cream, Nutella, or grape preserves.
The dim sum brunch on Saturdays at Wolfgang Puck’s The Source (575 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 202-637-6100) is worth adding to your dining to-do list. Executive Chef Scott Drewno’s inventive menu allows guests to select eight dishes suitable for sharing for $42, including turnip cakes and duck bao buns. The Source also has a Bloody Mary bar with four varieties, including the Chesapeake, made with horseradish panna cotta and Maryland crab.