January 18, 2019: For a prime date night option: Dupont Circle newcomer the SALLY, hidden inside the Fairfax Hotel’s modernized lobby, is one of D.C.’s best-kept secrets right now. The month-old kitchen is churning out some carefully crafted lounge items from executive chef Ricardo Planas, including a tangy lobster ceviche that features a generous helping of shellfish mixed with serrano chiles and grapefruit pearls; a bright bowl of roasted beets with fennel, goat cheese, pistachios, and citrus vinaigrette; and ahi tuna with kimchi salad alongside dollops of avocado-ginger puree — a playful imitation of wasabi. A wider menu is coming in the new year, Planas tells Eater. Diners shouldn’t be blamed for swiping his leather coasters — they say, “This coaster was stolen from The Sally” — especially after a few cocktails. Keep the date going at the hotel’s new Nook bar off the lobby. The alcove has pool tables, pop art, and a roaring, glass-enclosed fireplace. 2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW — TP
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