From the owners of the ever-hip Eighteenth Street Lounge, Marvin turned a former Subway fast-food shop into one of the 14th and U Street neighborhood’s coolest hangouts. The name is a nod to Marvin Gaye, one of owner (and half of DC’s music duo Thievery Corporation) Eric Hilton’s musical role models. The dimly lit space is two floors—a bistro on the ground level serves a hipster crowd a clever mix of Belgian dishes and soul food, like moules frites, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken with waffles. A lounge with a regular line-up of talented DJs resides on the second floor. Also up top: a spacious outdoor deck complete with heaters for chilly nights.
2007 14th Street, NW
|Cross street:||between U & V Streets|
|Opening hours:||5.30pm–2am Mon–Thur; 5.30pm–3am Fri, Sat; 10.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm Sun|
|Transport:||U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $14–$27|