Location: 1811 Columbia Rd. NW
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For a chic, comfortable rooftop terrace, quality Japanese dishes and an expansive view, make the trek to Perry’s in Adams Morgan.
After ascending up Perry’s teal-walled staircase to the rooftop bar, choose from wine, beer, sake and mixed drinks to sip on while admiring the colorful buildings lining 18th Street. Once the sun sets, the string lights that stretch from a pole in the middle of the terrace outward gently illuminate the dark night for a view like no other rooftop spot in the city.
The rooftop is sectioned into the fully external portion and a partially covered area where the bar is located, a great spot if you need to avoid the rain. To get the best possible view of the neighborhood around you, try and snag a spot on the uncovered portion of the patio. Slight touches of greenery contrasted against a paper-white railing lining the perimeter of the rooftop complete the sleek aesthetic of the space.
Light chatter from nearby diners and cooking sounds coming from the tucked-away kitchen complement the dining atmosphere for a relaxed and soothing evening. You might catch an appetizing whiff of the dishes cooking nearby as you sip your drink and enjoy the fresh air.
Try a pitcher of Perry’s red sangria ($52), made with red wine infused with fresh fruit and brandy. Order some plum wine ($27) or a cup of kikusui funaguchi “gold” sake ($16), with banana bread and honey, if you’re looking to taste some new flavor mixtures you haven’t tried before.
Kick off your meal with a classic order of miso soup ($4) to tide you over to a mouthwatering main dish, like the Yakisoba ($11) cooked with soba noodles, stir-fried cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, onions and yakisoba sauce. The restaurant also serves Japanese kare udon noodles ($14 to $16), garlic fried rice ($10) and a variety of sushi platters so depending on what you’re in the mood for, you’ll have plenty of both classic and exploratory options to pick from.
Perry’s laid-back, sleek vibe positions their rooftop bar as a superior choice for you to explore top tier Japanese drinks and cuisine as you wine and dine at new heights in the District.