Consider this statistic: From June 2016 to June 2017, Lyft saw more than a 250% increase in rides to Ivy City, where La Puerta Verde, Ivy City Smokehouse, Ari's Diner, Big Chief, and other restaurants have opened over the past year or so.

D.C. is a small city compared to say Los Angeles or New York, so diners can freely bop around to different neighborhoods. "Uber and Lyft have a lot to do with that because it's so convenient to get in an Uber and in 10 minutes you're on the other side of the city with a different vibe," says Matt Baker, the chef and owner of Gravitas.

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