Florida Avenue/Union Market Restaurants

Masseria

1340 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-608-1330

Italian


 

$$$
$62.00*
 

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Nick Stefanelli, formerly of Bibiana, now has his own place in a converted one-story building near Union Market where the chef offers the tasting menus he became famous for at his old post. Menus come in three or five courses, but there's also an a la carte bar menu that lets you sample the chef’s cooking. The bar also offers great cocktails and a nice outside area.
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3 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Dinner at the tucked-away Masseria near Union Market places patrons in an Italian fashion show. First there’s the stroll from luxe gravel courtyard to stone-and-wood dining room, followed by cocktails that demand your undivided attention even as a server sets down a plate of snacks, including impossibly thin sesame grissini tinted with squid ink. The food is described in the barest of terms on the menu, which lets guests pick from three to six courses, depending on the night. …" See Full Review…»
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No. 12 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Hiding along a block that fringes Union Market is one of the most seductive restaurant spaces around—with a pool-blue patio in front and a warmly lit raw-brick dining room inside. You can choose among three-, four-, and five-course tasting menus, and whatever you opt for, make sure pasta plays a role. Chef/owner Nick Stefanelli came up in some of the area’s top Italian kitchens (the late Laboratorio del Galileo and Maestro), and his sophisticated compositions—linguine with salty, garlicky XO sauce, penne with cauliflower and raisins—are among the city’s best. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Nick Stefanelli brings his wonderful pastas from Bibiana to outside of Union Market, outstanding food, overpriced drinks, service needs help."

Rappahannock Oyster Bar

(Union Market)
1309 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-544-4702

Seafood
Raw Bar

 

$$
$16.50
 

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This casual raw bar in Union Market features three types of oysters from Ryan and Travis Croxton's Rappahannock River farm. There's also a small menu of good seafood dishes, including an excellent crabcake.
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Unrated (10/10/2012)
Tom Sietsema’s “First Bite” of the “20-seat bar, flanked by a communal table and patio seating,” with “live scallops, meaty chowder, lush tuna tartare ignited with lime and chili pepper, … drinks dreamed up by a former mixer at the top-drawer Columbia Room, JP Fetherston,” and an “impressive crab cake.” See Full Review…»
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No. 84 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Picture ... snag[gging] a stool, settling in for a tray of oysters on the half shell from Virginia, briney and tender. ... [S]itting down at this glorified stall in Union Market for oysters and wine makes any time pretty perfect. And its more than just a raw bar. Lambs and clams is a brilliant, Spanish-inspired riff on surf and turf, worth coming for all by itself, and the lump-filled crabcake shames those put out by larger, more well-appointed operations." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"$2 oysters at Union Market with 3 different salinity levels (try the lowest - you'll actually taste the oyster)."

A. Litteri

517 Morse St NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-544-0183

Sandwiches
Delicatessen

 

$
$7.90
 

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Third generation owner Michael DeFrancisci's great uncle, Antonio Litteri, founded the business in 1926 at Sixth and G streets NW and moved it to its current location in 1932. It features decidedly old-school Italian subs at dirt cheap prices as well as a wide selection of quality groceries.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Old-school Italian Deli, Market, and Sub Shop, similar in spirit to The Italian Store and Mangialardo & Sons."

Red Apron Butchery

(Union Market)
1309 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-524-6807

Sandwiches


 

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$12.35
 

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This butcher shop from Neighborhood Restaurant Group (the team behind Birch & Barley, Vermillion, and others), now has three locations. Both feature sandwiches, burgers, and sausages from charcuterie master Nate Anda.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"You likely know the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s trio of butcher shops for their humanely raised meats, vast array of house-made charcuterie, and gut-busting sandwiches. All good things. But Red Apron should get just as much attention for its fried chicken—even at a time when chefs all around town are obsessing over crispy birds. …" See Full Review…»
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BBQ Joint

(Union Market)
1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-714-3292

Barbecue


 

$$
$17.33
 

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Chef Andrew Evans — who once ran the best fine dining restaurant on the Eastern Shore, the Inn at Easton — has turned is attention in recent years to barbecue. The results, which abandon the traditional smoke-forward approach, are nonetheless delicious. His only local outpost is this stall in Union Market, which offers ribs, pulled pork, brisket and sides.
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Unrated (1/15/2015)
"… Evans doesn’t think about barbecue like a dogmatic pitmaster, one bound (perhaps straitjacketed?) by the practices and seasonings of a particular region. As the man who once created the menus at the Inn at Easton, a three-star dining room that closed in late 2007, Evans wants his barbecue to be as inventive as his fine-dining cuisine. One result of his approach: He doesn’t believe in the superiority of smoke, but in a hickory wood perfume that’s in perfect balance with the meat’s other qualities. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Ten years ago, Andrew Evans was creating inventive American tasting menus at the Inn at Easton, an endeavor that landed him a front-page profile in the New York Times food section. On the side, he traveled the country entering barbecue competitions. Now his passion project has become his main focus. At his BBQ Joint—whose four locations include a stall in Union Market and a collaboration with Eric Hilton on 14th Street—Evans doesn’t stick to one regional style so much as showcase his own vision of barbecue. … See Full Review…»
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Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).