Toki Underground is a fun, bustling, and popular spot in Washington, D.C.’s Atlas District, on H Street. It specializes in ramen and dumplings (In fact, it was D.C.’s first ramen shop), and is quite difficult to get into. While you can try your luck at just showing up and waiting for a table to open, you can also check out their website and click the link that says “Limited Reservations” right below the map. Yes, Toki Underground accepts reservations, but they’re not exactly easy to score.
Once on that page, you’ll choose a date and time, along with party size, but here’s the catch: You can only make reservations for up to two weeks in advance, and tables fill up fast. But if you head to the site first thing in the morning exactly two weeks before you need a reservation and wait until the page refreshes, you’ll have the pick of the litter.
Once you’re in, we suggest you try the Toki Classic ramen, rich, creamy, and intensely porky; pork or seasonal seafood dumplings; some fried chicken steamed buns; and plenty of sake.