Zaytinya is another of Jose Andres' high end restaurants in the Washington DC area. It serves an interesting blend of Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern dishes in small plate style.
The decor is very modern (set in the ground floor of a modern office building). Clearly a hot spot in central DC as it was full when we arrived at 9:45pm on a Saturday. We sat in the upstairs area which was a bit more intimate and not quite as loud as the main floor seemed to be (walls of glass and lots of hard surfaces = fairly loud).
The cocktails were good--I thought mine was perhaps a bit tart and lacking a bit of balance, but it was the best cocktail I had in DC. (Seattle has exceptional craft cocktail bars, so I suppose our bar is fairly high.)
As to the food: I preface this review with saying that my other half is part Arab, and I've had the opportunity to sample many of the dishes served at Zaytinya as prepared in various places in the Middle East. I thought the fatoosh was only okay--no parsley, very little acid (needed more lemon), and could have used more tomato. Mainly chopped Persian cucumbers with some red onion. The Havuc Koftesi--fritters of carrot, apricot, and pine nut--were very nice. Didn't appear fried as you might think by the description, not overly sweet, a nice balance of flavors. The best dish we had, by far, was the kibbeh. This is a dish that often is too dry or too oily, and here it was neither. It was also stuffed with pine nuts, almonds and currants--really well done.
Overall, a good meal. Not the best Middle Eastern food I've had, but an interesting concept and decently executed.