The U Street has one of the richest cultures in Washington D.C. It was once heralded as the epicenter of African-American culture in the nation. U Street, the birthplace of Duke Ellington, had a vibrant music scene and was referred to as the “black Broadway”. During the 1968 riots, U Street was the center for violent criminal activities. Lots of businesses were burnt down and the neighborhood was left stranded for the almost 30 years. But it is now finally, fully revived, filled with sound and motion after dark. The “new” U Street is filled with bars, restaurants, and lounges and offers one of the best nightlife scenes in the city. These are the restaurants you should check out if you and your friends get hungry after a night-out.
Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Established in 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl is arguably the most famous eatery in all of Washington D.C. Ben’s Chili Bowl attracts locals, visitors, and tourists. This is one of the few businesses that survived the 1968 riots and it has become a landmark of not only the U Street corridor, but Washington D.C. as well. Some of the famous visitors to this restaurant include President Obama, Chris Tucker, and Bill Cosby. This restaurant is known for their delicious chili dogs, half-smokes, and milkshakes. This restaurant is open until 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays, which makes it a perfect late-night destination.
&pizza (1250 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
This restaurant on the U Street is unique from other ordinary pizza parlors because it offers personal pizzas where you get to choose your own ingredients and watch them being made right in front of you. Its concept is similar to Subway and Chipotle, but for pizza. It is popular among the locals because it is fast and delicious. It is a perfect place to stop by after a fun night-out, when you are feeling hungry because you won’t have to wait too long for a top quality pizza. Besides, who doesn’t like pizza right? Like Ben’s Chili Bowl, this restaurant is open until 4AM on the weekends, so if you are down for some post-dancing/clubbing food, check this place out!
Amsterdam Falafelshop (1830 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Are you hungry after hours of dancing, but don’t want to splurge on calories? Then you definitely should check out Amsterdam Falafelshop. This is a great healthy, late-night food option for hungry stomachs. You can get freshly made falafel sandwiches or bowls with unlimited toppings. This concept may be common in other cities like New York City, Amsterdam Falafelshop was the first one to introduce this concept to the Washington D.C. area and it became a huge success. Their generous portions and top-notch falafels make this a popular late-night restaurant for people who are looking for something different.