Minibar at Café Atlántico, Penn Quarter
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 393 0812
Concierge.com's insider take:
A six-stool outpost on the second floor of the popular Café Atlántico is the smallest restaurant in Spanish chef José Andrés's burgeoning D.C. empire. Here, Andrés, who also oversees Oyamel, Jaleo (480 7th St., N.W.; 202-628-7949; www.jaleo.com) and Zaytinya (701 9th St., N.W.; 202-638-0800; www.zaytinya.com), serves a 30-course tasting menu of bite-size dishes that attracts serious foodies and, often, celebrity chefs. Andrés was a star pupil of Spanish alchemist Ferran Adriá of El Bulli, the restaurant that sparked an experimental revolution in Europe, and his résumé shows here. Try the deconstructed New England clam chowder and foie gras twirled in vanilla sugar cotton candy. Downstairs at Café Atlántico, meanwhile, the Latin dim sum served on Saturdays and Sundays is an enticing and different spin on weekend brunch.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.