Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opening: New CIRCA Chinatown

By Claire Goldman

Follow the dragon mural from the Metro exit at 7th & H Street NW into DC area chain CIRCA's newest location.  CIRCA at Chinatown is an excellent option for pre or post concert or sports event at Capital One Arena, after work happy hour or downtown brunch, lunch or dinner.

If you've visited CIRCA's locations in Foggy Bottom and Clarendon, you know CIRCA delivers a great place for gathering.  Known for their happy hour deals, the Chinatown location does not disappoint.    On the first level, a large scale Cherry Blossom mural by BroCoLoco looms over a lounge with a long bar with additional seating.  Upstairs, grab a table over looking bustling H Street,  steps from the Capital One Arena.  Upstairs also features the Dragon Bar, serving up creative craft cocktails for every taste and two private dining areas for your party crew.
Dragon Bar upstairs

All of CIRCA's locations feature extensive wine and cocktail lists for each meal.

I Wish. You Had. More Thyme with sage and thyme-infused Wheatley vodka, Amaro Nonimo, Vya sweet vermouth, ginger syrup, vanilla, blueberries, lemon
Treat Yo'Self Cocktail or Mockatil with tumeric, ginginer and orange - Very refreshing

Roseberry Smash Cocktail or Mocktail - fresh and fruity

CIRCA at Chinatown's menu features some favorites from existing menus but the standouts are the asian fusion dishes influenced honestly by the newest location's surroundings.  Our favorite is the new Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps.  If you've never had CIRCA's Shotgun Shrimp, they are a must try.
Tuna Poke Nachos with wonton chips, wasaby avocado cream, nori, tobiko, marinated ra tuna, pickled ginger aioli

Shrimp Potstickers with greens, red onions, spicy soy, chili garlic sauce

Bulgogi Lettuce wraps with marinated short rib, bibb lettuce, sticky rice and kimchi aioli

Thai Shrimp + Peanut Flatbread

Brioche Bread Pudding - very yummy!

BroCoLoco Cherry Blossom Tree Mural overlooking the downstairs lounge
Bar downstairs - perfect gathering spot before a game or show at Capital One Arena 

For menus, hours, updates on the upcoming Navy Yard CIRCA location and more info go to CIRCA's website.

CIRCA at Chinatown
781 7th Street NW
Washington, DC

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