Lunch in Chinatown: The Long and Short of it

Zengo Lunch box

If you work in Chinatown or Penn Quarter, you don’t have to stand in line for substandard food any longer! Hooray! Busy lunchtime crowds have a delicious new option in the newly renovated, street level Lunch Bar at Zengo (Located at 781 7th St. NW).

With Zengo’s new affordable Lunch Bar, diners on the run can “eat quick”, while savoring Chef Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed Latin-Asian cuisine: to-go, or at casual bar/high top communal tables. If you want to take your time, diners can “take it slow” in the upstairs dining room. Guests may choose from great lunch-only menu items (at affordable prices), including bento boxes, latin-asian sandwiches, and bowls of rice and noodles. See the complete menu.

To wash it all down, the beverage menu features innovative, hand-muddled cocktails as well as Latin wines, Japanese sakes and over 400 Tequilas. The vibrant décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to savor Zengo’s acclaimed cuisine.

Now offering sandwich boxes and bowls, Zengo’s Lunch Bar will include the following, and more:

Sandwich Boxes – served with your choice of French fries, salt ’n vinegar chips or mixed greens:

  • Cubano Sandwich – pressed roll / carnitas pork / slow cooked ham / pickle / miso mustard / melted gruyere 9
  • Banh Mi – toasted baguette / house-cured beef brisket / chicken liver paté / cilantro / pickled carrot & daikon radish  / sriracha aioli  11
  • Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwich – toasted sandwich roll / tempura tomato / mixed greens / pickled fresno / remoulade 12
  • Grilled Chicken Torta – achiote marinated chicken / guacamole / black bean puree / pickled onion / chopped lettuce 8  

Noodle Bowls = Yum-O!

Bowls (Noodles & Rice):

  • Chicken Udon Noodles- leek / egg / mushroom / napa / scallion / pickled Fresno / crispy shallot 9
  • Carnitas Rice Noodle Bowl – pork shoulder / mushroom / cashew / soft egg / hot n’ sour sauce 11
  • Pork Ramen Noodles - pork belly / chicharron / furikake / poached egg / nori  scallion / mushroom / bok choy 10
  • Vegetable Fried Rice- egg / asparagus / corn / bean sprouts / carrot / scallion / snow peas / cilantro 7
  • Duck Fried Rice- egg / carrot / snow pea / bean sprout / scallion / cilantro 9

 Zengo is an artful blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Chef-owner Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, spins regional ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing.

Get in, Fill up, Get back to business

 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm.


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