Washington, D.C.: Tabaq Bistro
1336 U St., N.W.; 202-265-0965

Conservative isn't a word that applies to our capital's vigorous restaurant scene. Chefs here began turning out eclectic, ingredient-centered cuisine in the Clinton days, and the evolution of D.C. dining continues full blast. While restaurant interiors take their cue from Manhattan, the food brings to the city flavors from around the world.

Few D.C. restaurants have such stunning views as Tabaq Bistro's glassed-in rooftop terrace. Reserve well ahead or settle for the lower-floor dining room; either way, you'll find a selection of more than 40 tapas plates, incorporating Mediterranean flavors from Morocco to Turkey. Be warned: The dress code forbids sneakers. Dinner for two, $80.