Eater DC: 15 Essential Chinese Restaurants

Area newcomer Chiko is proof that quick and informal eating doesn’t have to come at the expense of flavor and imagination. The Chinese-Korean eatery is a collaborative effort from seasoned chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee; Drewno spent a decade charming diners at fine-dining destination the Source, while Lee shared Korean dishes with local diners at his family-run Mandu restaurants. Together, they turn out twists on Chinese favorites like cumin lamb stir-fry, “orange-ish” chicken, dumpling soup, and fried rice with hot smoked blue catfish. For a fuller experience, book one of two nightly seatings at the four-person chef’s counter.