Fine-dining options in DC

At first, it seemed like the local, fine-dining craze might miss the nation's capital. As cities like Los Angeles and New York added Michelin-starred restaurants and bistros headlined by famous chefs, the District seemed to be stuck in the past. In the last few years, however, the city has emerged as a true competitor of those cities and has even carved out its own special niche. People who buy one of the homes for sale in Washington, DC, will find themselves amidst a growing fine-dining scene.

To catalogue some of the emerging players, the Telegraph recently published an article about the best new restaurants in the city. Running the gamut from steakhouses to Italian bistros, the list shows that dining connoisseurs and true gourmands have many places to sate their appetites.

Charlie Palmer Steak
Any city hoping to stake a claim in the rarefied air of fine dining needs a reliable and high-quality steakhouse. Charlie Palmer Steak is aiming to play that role in the District. Politicians and elite consultants crowd the tables at this downtown dining venue, located at 101 Constitution Avenue NW, to belly up to a expertly served piece of beef. The meat is always top-notch, and customers have come to expect a high level of service and class.

For non-beef-eaters in the crowd, the Charlie Palmer also offers a wide range of pasta and vegetarian options, but there is no denying that the hulking steaks are the main draw. Additionally, the full wall of glass provides guests with picturesque views of the city.

If eye-catching views whet your appetite, you may also want to try POV, the new rooftop bar perched atop the W Hotel at 515 15th Street Northwest. Although the food is not the centerpiece, the thoughtful cocktails and well-prepared bar snacks are more than enough to provide fuel for a memorable night on the town. Novel and compelling mixed drinks are the lingua franca at this trendy hotspot, so be sure to ask the bartender for one of POV's signature seasonal specials.

Cafe Milano
For a more traditional food-centered experience, Cafe Milano might be just the ticket. Found at 3251 Prospect Street NW, this Italian-focused restaurant features new takes on classics like strozzapreti with lobster. Another favorite among lawmakers and K Street lawyers, Cafe Milano is as good for people-watching as it is for pasta-eating.