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Bibiana, Downtown

1100 New York Avenue N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 216 9550's insider take:

Madeleine Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have all been spotted in Bibiana's buzzy dining room (another offering from do-no-wrong restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, who made his name on power-player hot spots like the Oval Room and Rasika). So, what's the draw? Chef Nicholas Stefanelli applies a light touch to pasta dishes such as citrus agnolotti (airy pillows perked up with tangy ricotta) and buttery Maryland lump crab on a rich tangle of squid ink spaghetti. The confident yet unobtrusive service is a welcome plus, too. Try to sit at the best table in the house, which peeks into the main dining room—subtly lit by fractured chrome pendants above glossy wood tables and chocolate leather chairs—from behind a silver beaded curtain.—Colleen Clark

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