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More and more high-rise dwellers are calling Rosslyn home, but amenities still tend to be subpar. You've got chain lunch spots, gyms, markets, dry cleaners, and enough parking garages to sink the heart of every living environmentalist. When the economy turns around, however, perhaps developers will pick up where they left off and bring a little more to this little Virginian 'burb-that-could.

Nightlife around here is clustered near the Courthouse metro, though even that has been diminished with the closing of Dr. Dremo's (condo sprawl strikes again). Your choices are limited: sports pub Summers, Irish bar Ireland's Four Courts, or take advantage of weekday happy hour specials on drinks and sushi at See more.

>Café Asia. That said, one standout is the Continental, where girls can get martinis, guys can grab a brew, and everyone can play shuffleboard 'til the toll of last call.


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Where Not To Make-Out In D.C.

By Emily Groves
You know you don't want to. No, seriously, stop. You think we haven't seen you making hay all over the district, entwining your limbs and sucking your face and frankly, we're bored and confused and afraid. Love is for wusses and carnality is for carnivores and this is not Boca Raton, this is the United States of America. The only place for you to make out is jail.

Crossing the Great Divide

By Joe Viola

“Damn. I just wish my friends in DC would accept me for who I am. I’m an executive. I drink beer like everyone else. I love my DC neighbors; I just prefer to live in VA. Let’s get it on… I mean, along. Let’s get along.”


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Posted By:  Jade Floyd

A melting pot of Chinese and Peruvian. Enter another brain-child of DC restaurateur, Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld as he brings YAKU to Arlington. I'm a faithful follower of his other dining digs, Mate, Gazuza and Ceviche, so it's safe to say YAKU had me at hello. Designed by Grupo7, my dinner party stepped into sleek architectural designs with vibrant greens and floor to ceiling windows, which made me feel like I'd landed in a swank European club. And yes, the DJ in the corner spinning smooth house and electronic vibes actually comes with your meal. Our menu for the night was mouth watering, and we dinned on more than 10 small plates including lettuce wraps and lemon grass chicken skewers which everyone ravished like starving carnivores. Located in Arlington, Yaku can be a bit hard to find, but just head down Clarendon toward DC and it's right at the corner of Scott and Clarendon. And just recently they announced weekend brunch with breakfast wraps, French toast and a wide variety of crepes. I can't wait to head back over for the next round on their outdoor patio this summer and check out the refreshing displays of European men recovering from the previous night.

Posted By:  Rachel Tepper
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Ray's Hell Burger
Ray's Hell Burger isn't your average burger joint. Instead of buying ground beef, they make their own from leftover cuts at Ray's the Steaks. The result? A much higher quality burger (and tastier, too) A seemingly endless menu of toppings (including foie gras if you're in a decadent mood) also includes some pre-styled burger choices. I chose the B.I.G. Poppa, an Au Poivre burger with a black peppercorn crust, aged Danish bleu cheese, cognac and sherry sauteed mushrooms, and grilled red onions. By the way, they love it when you order B.I.G. Poppa. My burger was thick, juicy, and quite delicious--quite a steal for only $7.95. Some burger purists might balk at using a knife and fork, but the size of the thing made them necessities. I enjoyed the poppyseed bun, which wasn't too doughy and didn't overshadow the meat. The Danish bleu cheese was also swoon-worthy its tartness complimented the sweet onions. My one caveat was that the black peppercorn crust was a bit too peppery for my tastes. That didn't stop me from wolfing the thing down, though. In the end, I was a wimp. I couldn't finish it.

Posted By:  Emily Groves
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Jerry's Subs and Pizza
Let me tell you a story: one day I was craving pizza, so on the way home I passed my neighborhood Jerry's and knowing their very happy and hummable "It's Jerry's!" theme song from the radio, I decided to give their "Authentic New York Style Pizza" a shot. And boy, was that a bad idea. The personal pizza I had was thin, small and tasteless. A store-bought pizza would have had better flavor. In fact, a bad store-bought pizza would have even been tastier. Not to mention a whole lot cheaper and bigger. I even considered nibbling on the cardboard box it came in for taste comparison. Needless to say, I'm not visiting Jerry's again. Even if their subs and cheesesteaks are halfway decent. And next time I hear that annoying "It's Jerry's" song on the radio, I'm boycotting the station.

Posted By:  Emily Groves
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Dr Dremo's Taphouse
Please let's all take a moment of silence for this Arlington institution. Although the bright green dilapidated building presently looks much the way it did while functioning as a fabulously dirty and down-to-earth beer bar, it is now permanently closed... and has been since January 2008!!! And if you count the months that have passed since then, you will realize that January was nine months ago. And Dr. Dremo's is only now being torn down to make way for yet another unnecessary block of high-rise condos. That means that nine months of good beer and Elvis parties and crazy bartenders and bad stand-up and Tuesday night movies and pool-playing in an ex-car dealership have been wasted while ex-patrons have had to stare at the vacant skeleton of the once-hopping, closed-against-its-will Dr. Dremo's. So please, please take a moment to reflect on your happiest encounter with the Doctor and avoid the sad Dr. Dremo's building in its final moments this week: it is just too painful.

Posted By:  Emily Groves
Photo:  Elizabeth Litchfield

Arlington Farmers' Market
Many people are afraid to venture too far into Virginia, but the Saturday Courthouse Farmer's Market (8 am to 12 pm and only a 20 second walk from the Metro entrance) is definitely motivation enough for fellow orange-liners to cross the Potomac. With about 30 vendors from nearby farms selling everything from fruit to homemade breads to cheese to veggies to flowers to meat (even buffalo meat!), you will definitely find it hard to restrain yourself from buying too much. Come early because the market gets very crowded and long lines even form for some of the more popular stands. Most provide you with plastic bags or used cartons, but if you want to be environmentally friendly and/or dig that organic look, bring your own reusable bags... and lots of cash! And if you ever need another excuse to come back to the Commonwealth, do not fret: there is an antique market in Courthouse every Sunday.

Posted By:  Emily Groves
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Brooklyn Bagel Bakery
It's not uncommon to overhear tourists comment on how Washington D.C. is "no New York City." It has no dynamic skyline, no great reputation for its pizza, no rodents in the Metro, and yes, D.C. does eventually go to sleep. But Arlington's Brooklyn Bagel actually brings a bit of the Big Apple to the land of diplomats and Hill staffers. It boasts as wide a bagel selection as one can imagine (Whoa. What's a French Toast bagel?), speedy service, and prices that will temporarily make you forget you're in a large, metropolitan area. In addition, both kids and adults alike will be in wide-eyed awe of watching the bagel-making process in the back. And, well, their bagels are simply delicious. If you visit on a late Saturday or Sunday morning, do not be intimidated by the line running out the entrance: it moves quickly. But do be intimidated by the speed at which you will have to unflinchingly report your order to the hard-ass bagel brigade (I recommend constant silent repetition before the big performance). Ultimately, it just proves that Brooklyn Bagel may bear a few more similarities to its northern neighbor than just good bagels.

Posted By:  Emily Groves
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A visit to Ragtime in Courthouse guarantees a few things: saying "huh?" and "what?" a lot; an almost surefire encounter with a sketchy character; witnessing some horrific male dancing; and your hair reeking of smoke the next day (it is Virginia, you know). But, with a solid draft beer selection, good pub food, an outdoor seating area, frequent local live bands (playing without a cover most of the time), a gaggle of TVs showing current sporting events, a "hidden" dance room, and a whole lotta unpretentiousness, it also generally guarantees a solid, low-key good time with great people watching potential. You may only stay for five minutes, but you may also end up bopping out to local Virginia band "Tribal Mind" all night after one too many watermelon martinis. But regardless of your experience, if you ever happen to find yourself back in the Courthouse area again, you can guarantee that you'll be tempted to pop in.

Posted By:  Sara Klieger
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Continental Modern Pool Lounge
There’s a reason many people give up on the bar scene by their mid-twenties. Bars can be boring. They’re dark, they’re loud, they’re crowded, and there’s nothing to do besides throw too much money down for drinks and occasionally crowd-surf your way to the bathroom. But don’t give up yet! The Continental Modern Pool Lounge stands apart from those sit-there-with-a-vodka-tonic-and-yawn bars. Between the billiards and the board games, you just might be tempted to stay out past your bedtime. Drinks and pool table rental are inexpensive, and the games (Jenga, Uno and Trivial Persuit, among others) are free to borrow. With so much to do, it’s a great place to bring a large group of friends.

Posted By:  RP Wolosiuk
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Summers Restaurant
Soccer, as you likely know it to be called, is the world’s most popular sport and despite the burgeoning international community in the metropolitan DC area, there is an alarming dearth of places to catch a smashing footy match on the telly. Sure you might be able to convince a local barkeep to switch on one of the televisions in the back to check out a match, but only if you are lucky enough to find a relatively empty bar and a match that happened a month ago replayed on ESPN2. American football is certainly the DC sport of choice, and the Redskins are no doubt the team to watch. That’s why I head to Summers in Arlington to catch up on my favorite transatlantic sport. Unlike many establishments, they don’t discriminate: the Skins are loved here and you can even watch NASCAR on one of the many TVs throughout. But during the many seasonal soccer tournaments held throughout the world, and especially during the World Cup and European Championship, Summers is the place to mingle with like-minded enthusiasts.

Posted By:  Mac Carey
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“I’ve been to Chicago and I’ve been to New York and this is the best pizza in the world,” my friend brags to me as we sit down at Il Radicchio’s in Clarendon on a Saturday night. After walking into the subtle, candlelit interior, I realize this is no working class pizza parlor. The wine list prices further clue me in to this. The pizza is good, low on grease and high on flavor, and the restaurant is pleasantly quiet and calm if you’re looking for conversation rather than excitement. But I’ll have to try Chicago and New York before I start making any grander declarations.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Courtesy Bodies Exhibit

Not to be confused with Body Worlds, The Universe Within, Body Exploration, Bodies Revealed, etc., BODIES…THE EXHIBITION is the traveling collection of preserved corpses visiting with the Nation’s Capital until the end of October. When these shows first cropped up in the late 1990s, the public outcry and horror was fierce. But based on how many cities have hosted the collections, how many tickets have been purchased, and how many commemorative cadaver key chains have been sold, I think it’s safe to say that the people are curious. There’s no doubt that the displayed organs and muscles are fascinating, but it’s the facial expressions and body positioning that really take the perversity cake. In fact I’m surprised that next to every carcass, in addition to an explanatory panel about polymer preservation and the like, that they don’t also have a trash can for vomiting into. But hey, as chief medical director Dr. Ray Glover says, “The body doesn’t lie!”

Posted By:  Graham Fortier
Photo:  Graham Fortier

The ANC may not be the largest national cemetery in the United States, but has got to be the best known, making it a must-see for any history buff living in the DC area. The cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, the estate of Robert E. Lee’s wife, after the war’s dead became so great that other burial grounds began running out of space. The government finally bought the property from the Lee family, and what started out as 200 acres has now become a colossal monument to US history. C’mon, JFK is buried there, how much more historical can you get? It’s not just presidents and marines, either. Former heavyweight champ Joe Louis and civil rights activist Medger Evers are there as well. If you’re looking for a peaceful escape from the city, or just feel like taking a walk through generations of history, the ANC is your landmark. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater are also highly recommended.

Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
Photo:  Magda Nakassis

Dr Dremo's Taphouse
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society’s purpose is to appreciate and defend “independent, cutting-edge, student, experimental, anime, off-beat, underground, obscure, super-8, low-budget, classic, forgotten, must-see” films. Housed at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse in Arlington, every Tuesday curious film nerds assemble to sip beers and indulge their, well, supreme geekiness. And bearded, bespectacled, solitary men dominate the demographic. And there’s definitely always a pre-screening debate about the relative greatness of Takashi Miike. But I see this as no bad thing. When viewing Konga, for example, a ‘60s flick about a scientist that transforms a baby chimp into an oversized primate that wrecks London in a psychotic simian rampage, I absolutely insist that I’m surrounded by experts on the subject. Where else are you going to learn that the film’s working title was I Was a Teenage Gorilla? These people know their campy, cult cinema, and I support the community aspect of the whole thing. Better to watch these movies in public, in a great bar, amongst your peers—instead of alone in a clammy basement. Forget geek chic kids with their iBooks and their original Nintendos…These people are the real geek deal.

Posted By:  Sean Keefer
Photo:  Sean Keefer

Tourists travel to Arlington National Cemetery by the freight loads. Most of them pay to climb on a bus and have a driver script out the high points. Too bad for them, because this is a great place to wander around and reflect on life. For instance, we all know that JFK has an eternal flame that burns for him, but most don’t realize that only a few feet away rests his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, who was also assassinated, though without quite the amount of conspiracy as was his older sibling. There is no eternal flame, but the simplicity of the grave is powerful. Turn left at the base of the JFK eternal flame and venture behind the shrubbery. In addition to the Kennedys and the Unknown Soldier there are an impressive number of sights to see here. Venture up to Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s former home and wander the grounds where you will find the original Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers—a grave containing the bones of scores of soldiers from the Civil War. And if you keep looking around, you might even find the grave of another president or two.

Posted By:  Sean Keefer
Photo:  Sean Keefer

It is never a problem finding a memorial related to a war in DC; however, some of them don’t have near the traffic you would expect. With the recent release of the Clint Eastwood film, Flags of our Fathers, it is likely that the Marine Corps Memorial or the Iwo Jima Memorial located in Arlington, Virginia will start to see a few more visitors. The memorial is only a short walk from the Rosslyn Metro Station and a bit of a longer hike from the Arlington National Cemetery Metro Stop. If you are driving, in a surprising fashion, there is ample parking. The memorial sits on several acres overlooking the District and has recently undergone a renovation that has left it looking amazing. Many people do not realize that while the monument is based upon the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal, several of the survivors actually served as models for the monument. Stop by and spend some time at the memorial, in the off season it is not unusual to have the place to yourself and the size and detail make for an inspiring visit.

Posted By:  Sean Keefer
Photo:  Sean Keefer

Netherlands Carillon
Sometimes the obvious can be hidden in plain site. For many people a visit to Washington DC is filled with much hiking to gaze at some of the most landmarkesque monuments the town has to offer—the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capital Building, and so on. There is no doubt that anyone of these ooze DC 100% when it comes to imagery. However, not a lot of people know of a somewhat secluded corner of the DC area where you can sit, relax, and take in all three of these monuments without having to walk a step. Even better, you can completely avoid the crowds. The Netherlands donated a bell tower to the good ‘ol US of A and you can find it in Arlington, Virginia tucked away between the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. While the bell tower is nice, the most memorable part of a visit is the rolling lawn overlooking the District. Stop by for a while and take in one of the best views of downtown DC you will find anywhere. Bring a can of Bud and a slice of apple pie to make it a true all American outing.

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