Marvin, U Street Corridor
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 797 7171
Concierge.com's insider take:
The U Street corridor is the old stomping ground of music legends from Duke Ellington to Lena Horne, but perhaps its most famous native son is Marvin Gaye. This restaurant, partly owned by international DJs Thievery Corporation, is an homage to the Motown legend and his self-imposed exile in Belgium, where he recorded "Sexual Healing." The bistro does Gaye proud, with buttery-leather banquettes, dark wood, and candlelit tables. Upstairs in the lounge and on the outdoor deck, a diverse crowd of locals mingles over Belgian beer and a DJ-spun soundtrack of rare funk, soul, and jazz cuts. Downstairs in the dining room, Marvin serves up a surprisingly successful mix of Belgian and soul food fare—fried chicken and waffles; moules frîtes. For dessert, don't miss the pumpkin cheesecake, which plays smooth and sweet, like a Gaye slow jam.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 pm to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 pm to 3 am, and Sundays 11 am to 2 am.