Wanted to let you all know about 3 restaurants in the Arlington area that are relatively new (have been opened for about 1 1/2 year or less) that are nice additions to the Arlington area between Rosslyn and Clarendon.
Just went to Tandoori Nights this past weekend and I really like the place. They're located on the 2nd level of the Market Common, near Barnes & Noble in Clarendon. I actually went 3 times w/ 3 different groups of people. It has nice ambiance and great service. It's upscale non-traditional Indian food. They have a decent size menu and I think they can tailor the level of spice on most of their dishes. On one occasion I was w/ my niece and nephew and the waiter said they can make most dishes non-spicy, so I assume they can also increase the level too. My Indian friend that went w/ me on the one occassion said it's not authentic Indian but the dishes we tried she felt had great flavors.
Located on Wilson Blvd between Clarendon and Courthouse. I've been there several times and love their sandwiches. They freshly roast their turkey, pork, and roast beef. I've only had the turkey and though I want to try the other meats, it's just so good that I keep getting the same one every time I go back. My friend who has the pork said it's very good too. I generally don't like sandwiches b/c most places use processed meats but Earl's has reformed me. Defnitely give this place a try even if you think you don't like sandwiches.
Located on Wilson Blvd in Courthouse next to Cafe Asia. Their menu mainly consist of gourmet pizzas w/ few other Italian pasta dishes and seafood/meats. I used to drive to 2 Amy's in DC for gourmet pizzas but since I live in Arlington, it's great to have a local place to go to for good pizzas in a relaxing environment. It has a nice ambiance and just like 2 Amy's, it's also kid friendly. They have a couple of couches by the bar, which I enjoy relaxing there and eating my yummy pizzas. They have thin crust pizza w/ quality ingredients. I usually ask them to make mine extra crispy so if you prefer yours that way too, then don't hesitate to ask. The owners, who are 2 brothers, are very nice. I haven't been there for happy hour but heard they offer food and drink specials.