Neighborhood Restaurant Group has opened two new hot spots in a single, two-story building near Logan Circle. Birch & Barley features the inventive American fare of chef Kyle Bailey, who hails from New York’s Allen & Delancey, while upstairs, ChurchKey serves 555 different beers from 30 countries plus wood-fired pizzas and panini. Designer Catherine Hailey created the interiors of both spaces. 1337 14th Street, NW; 202-567-2576; www.birchandbarley.com; www.churchkeydc.com.
For a night on the town, DC’s sexy Co Co. Sala (above) is worth a visit. Winner of a 2009 Rammy Award for the “hottest bar scene,” the venue serves lunch and dinner as well as pastries, cocktails and “sinful shots” containing chocolate. The design by Interior Architects features low banquettes, red velvet curtains and undulating brown walls. 929 F Street NW; 202-347-4265; www.cocosala.com.
J. Chocolatier has opened in Georgetown near Cady’s Alley. Owner Jane Morris calls her handmade confections “very low-tech, but very high craft.” Her most popular items are creamy Sea Salt Caramels and Passion Truffles—heart-shaped chocolates infused with hibiscus tea, mango and passion fruit and topped in 24-carat gold dust—just what your sweetheart ordered. The shop also features homespun baked goods, coffee and decadent sipping chocolate. 1039 33rd Street, NW; 202-333-4111. www.jchocolatier.com.