Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide, which landed Wednesday, includes everything you need to know about Tom’s 40 favorite restaurants in the Washington area right now. But there are plenty of newcomers on the horizon, so while you peruse his present day picks, consider that next year’s roundup could include a few of these soon-to-be newcomers:
Daikaya, 705 Sixth St. NW.
Helmed by Daisuke Utagawa of Sushiko, this long-awaited Penn Quarter restaurant delivers a noodle bar and an izakaya under one roof. Projected opening: late November.
Maketto 1351 H St. NE.
A Taiwanese and Cambodian night market from chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground. Projected opening: February 2013.
Minibar, 505 Ninth St. NW.
Jose Andres’s acclaimed celebration of avant-garde cooking is reopening in a new location, expanding from six stools to 12 in the process. Opening: Nov. 2.
Parc Deux, 14th and Q streets NW.
Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr’s first D.C. project is a 7,000-square-foot French bistro. Projected opening: January 2013.
Range, 5355 Wisconsin Ave.
Volt’s Bryan Voltaggio will open his first District restaurant in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Projected opening: late November.
Red Apron, 8223 Lee Hwy., Fairfax.
Nathan Anda’s boutique butcher shop will open first in the new Mosaic complex and then in Union Market and Penn Quarter. Projected opening: late November.
Taco Bamba, 2190 Pimmit Dr., Falls Church.
Former BLT Steak chef Victor Albisu’s new restaurant will offer classical and progressive takes on tacos, burgers and Latin American treats. Projected opening: November.
Woodward Table, 1430 H St. NW.
James Beard Award-winning chef Jeffrey Buben will offer iconic regional cooking, including brisket, turtle soup and deviled ham. Projected opening: November.