Editors' pick

Teaism

Asian, Coffeehouse
$$$$ ($14 and under)
The closest fine teahouse to the FBI headquarters offers light lunches, bento boxes, stir fry dishes and sandwiches, as well as afternoon tea.
Mon-Fri 7:30 am-10 pm; Sat-Sun 9:30 am-9 pm
(Chinatown)
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green and Yellow lines), Archives-Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines)
202-638-6010
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Editorial Review

Teaism is much more than a place just to sip. Mornings bring cilantro scrambled eggs with tea-smoked salmon. Later in the day, the menu expands to include bento boxes, a nice Thai chicken curry with sticky rice, and burgers made from beef or tempeh.

The sleek dining room offers a serene and health-conscious alternative to golden arches and corporate coffeehouses. Small wonder that on any given day, young families may find themselves next to business types seated next to first-daters.

Afternoon tea

Customers at the local chain's Zenlike Penn Quarter location can pick tartlets and scones, or an Asian menu that includes a make-your-own-sushi kit and mochi, sticky-rice cake. Fair warning: You'll want to eat the green tea ice cream first. Daily 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; $20.

Becky Krystal (May 9, 2010)