If you’ve been to the Gallery Place metro in Washington, D.C., you’ve likely seen the diagonal crosswalks etched on the concrete at the intersection of 7th and H. That area leads into the real Chinatown, housing a number of Chinese restaurants and small shops. Right on the SE corner of that intersection is a new CIRCA that carries their usual American menu into Asia.
From tuna poke nachos to shrimp pot stickers, you’ll instantly see how this CIRCA is different from their sister restaurant in Foggy Bottom, or their American bistro in Clarendon. If their giant Dragon Bar on the second floor doesn’t give it away, their mix of menu items like seasonal pumpkin ravioli and bulgogi lettuce wraps may clue you in. Circa Chinatown does a good job of combining American fare with Asian influences.
They have a great happy hour, with decently-priced cocktails and small bites. If you’re in the mood for something different, ask the bartender for a cocktail lit on fire. It’s a great spot to go to before a show at Capital One Arena, post-museum hopping or to refuel your shopping trip.