DGS Delicatessen: Don’t expect the florescent lit decor of NYC’s Katz’s at this Dupont Circle venture that upgrades deli classics like corned beef and pastrami, latkes, smoked fish and matzo ball soup. Chef Barry Koslow (ex Tallulah) helms the kitchen, and a two-tier modern setting with exposed brick and wood details help create a smart-looking space. Its stylish bar stirs up chocolate egg creams as well as craft cocktails. Expect table service and moderate prices (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-293-4400).
Jardenea: The Melrose Hotel in the West End just unveiled its farm-to-fork New American dining room, a fitting backdrop for any occasion. Look for quail with bacon and Colorado lamb, and an egg Benedict bar at brunch (2430 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-955-6400).
Suna: Johnny Spero (ex Komi) and Ari Gejdenson (Acqua al 2) have opened their Eclectic venue above Gejdenson’s space opposite Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. The prix fixe, multi-course menu showcases their abilities at $48 for four courses, or $78 for eight courses. The simple modern setting doesn’t distract from the artistry on the plate. Go for the pairing or check out the wine and beer selections (214 Seventh St. SE; 202-450-4585).
Vino Volo: This modern American airport wine bar enterprise has flown into Bethesda to open a handsome, modern/rustic location that channels a wine country atmosphere. Small wineries are featured to pair with moderately priced small plates and a few entrees like chicken and steak. There’s also a wine shop (7243-47 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-0916).