24 September 2017
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Zengo

Zengo is another one of those spots that I would put into that “New York-vibe” category. It’s a pretty big place, and I dig the decor. So good place for a first date? Maybe not for dinner, but it’s a great place to meet for a drink and have some small plates without making a big production. It also has enough of a “scene” that if you’re taking a date there it doesn’t feel too formal. I prefer grabbing the lounge tables downstairs by the bar, but they fill up pretty quick. If that’s the case you better have made a reservation, because walk-ins are frowned upon (I had a very bad experience there once).

And what should you eat at Zengo? Small plates, of course. The food is some sort of Latin-Asian fusion, and for most of the dishes it works out pretty well. I used to like close to 10 dishes on the menu, but these days there are only about 3 or 4 that I’ll order. I think that’s because I am slowly transforming into a food snob. Don’t hate me because my palette is beautiful.

Hands down, you must get the ahi-tuna wonton tacos. It might be my favorite dish in this city (other than the red pepper and feta dip from Zaytinya). It’s seared tuna, pineapple and guac, and it’s amazing. I could crush 15 of them, given the opportunity. Other dishes of note – chicken salad, fried rice, and the Zengo roll (which is just a spicy tuna roll on steroids). Get crazy. Get all 4.

Neighborhood: Chinatown
Address: 781 7th St., NW (H St.) Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-2929
Web site: www.richardsandoval.com/zengodc
Parking: Public Lot and Valet
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
Serves: Lunch (Monday-Friday); Dinner (Daily)
Specials: Monday-Friday (5-7:30 PM): $5 Latin-Asian cocktails and wines by the glass; $4 beers; $5 small plates
Go for: XO-style edamame; ahi-tuna wonton tacos; chicken salad; pork arepas; Angry Zengo roll; churros
Price: *****
Rating: *****

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