Tysons is in the process of transforming itself from office park complex to urban center. A decades long renovation scheme plans to recreate the business and shopping hub into a self-contained, mini-metropolis Though the construction of a new city looks easy enough on paper, buildings and restaurants are just that without the color and nuance of culture. 1st Stage has gotten in on ground floor of the Tysons’ zeitgeist staging in the time it took the Silver Line to work out the kinks two years of engaging productions. Performed by local and emerging talent, 1st Stage’s works infuse Tysons with the spirit and challenge of live, dramatic entertainment.
Check out these Tysons’ restaurants for a pre or post show meal.
When Jose Andrés announced his foray into suburbia with America Eats Tavern, he created the Tysons food scene on the spot. Located in the Ritz-Carlton, America Eats Tavern serves regionally distinct US of A cooking with native ingredients. Normally a small-plates man, Jose Andrés latest creation doesn’t shy away from the full-grown classics. Burger options abound, an entire menu section is devoted to Country Hams and, sure, you can even have Mutton with Oysters. An open kitchen invites diners into the process while the menu provides a little history on the hallmarks of American cooking.
Open Monday-Friday 6:30 AM-10 PM; Saturday-Sunday 7 AM-10 PM
Price $31 to $50
1700 Tysons Boulevard
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Mclean, VA 22102
Making your way from America Eats Tavern at the Ritz to härth at the Hilton, you wouldn’t be incorrect in thinking that the Tyson’s restaurant world hasn’t arrived fully enough yet to stand on its own. Despite its shared location, härth has enough style to set it apart and make a name for itself. Not just a convenient meal for the traveling business class, härth makes quality American contemporary with an emphasis on local sourcing. There is a chance that the vegetables on your plate or the honey in your cocktail came from the onsite garden or apiary. On a relatively quiet stretch of Jones Branch Drive, härth has a fire pit patio and live entertainment in the summer making it a choice spot to enjoy the evening at a safe remove from the hustle and bustle of Tysons proper.
Open Monday-Sunday 6:30 AM-12 AM; Saturday-Sunday 7 AM-12 AM
Price $30 and under
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Located in a strip mall on Route 7, Thai Pilin is classic Tysons dining. Simple, inexpensive Thai food staples have made Thai Pilin a longstanding favorite among the worker bee lunch crowd. If you are in a rush to make it the show, here is your best bet for twenty minute cuisine. Order at the counter, you can’t go wrong with the Chicken Pad Thai or Green Chicken Curry, and sip a creamy Thai iced tea while waiting for your dish. Once the food is on the table you will have no problem chop sticking it down in another ten minutes before paying your bill and getting on your way. No frills, no reservations but when economy of time and dollar are at a premium, Thai Pilin is the right call.
Open Monday-Saturday 11 AM-9 PM
Price $20 and under
8385 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
In the same warehouse complex as 1st Stage, Iris Lounge is a behemoth bar and night club that epitomizes the ad hoc, amalgamated nature of Tysons where not everything gels perfectly but there is something for everyone. The ranging interior houses a bar, sushi bar, dance floor, billiards and a cigar and brandy room. Enormous ceilings allow for a massive projection screen that makes great sports viewing. Happy hours deals on drinks and food run every weekday from 4:30-8:30.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 4 PM- 2 AM; Wednesday 4 PM-12 AM
Price $20 and under
1524 Spring Hill Rd.
(entrance on 8300 Tyco Rd
McLean, VA 22102
What are your favorite restaurants near 1st Stage?