Notti Bianche. Great little Italian restaurant and one of the few within walking distance of the Kennedy Center. Park here, leave your car and walk to the performance. If you haven't realized, the KC is in a food desert--but for this little gem. Delicious food; not too fussy. A long-time favorite of ours. Get your reservations early before performance. So much better than any of the KC restaurants.
Newseum. Kids love this place because it is current history and very interactive. Also a bit expensive, considering all the other museums are free. Fantastic view of the Capital and city from the roof top--don't miss it. Great bookstore(s). Eat at the Source restaurant attached, next door of if you have kids, then the food court might be the best option.
Zaytinya. This is a very popular place if you are youngish and hip in DC. Mediterranean (Turkish, Lebanese and Greek) cuisine and a hopping bar scene. Directly across from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro. Personally, I find it too hectic and trying too hard, but I am not in the target demographic--though I dearly love Lebanese, Turkish and Greek food!
Le Diplomate. Gotten really popular but traditional French bistro food with a large wine list. A little like the Disney version of a French bistro, but all in all a nice atmosphere and place to hang out.
National Portrait Gallery. Some great stuff here. Very interesting how Presidents and 1st Lady's want to see themselves over the years...great renovated building connected to the American Art Museum with a wonderful cafe. In the midst of lots of restaurants and things to do on the edge of China Town.
Mitisitam Café is devoted to the foodways of the American Indian. While most museum cafes are blah, this is the exception. For example, there’san entire cheese board selection. The cafeteria-style restaurant is organized by region, so you can get anything from cedar-planked salmon (Northwest coast) to tamales (Mesoamerica). Located in the National Museum of the American Indian, expect your usual lunchtime tourist crowds. Entrées with two sides run around $20, but you can get smaller portions…