Photograph by Timothy C. Greenleaf, NGS

Yenching Palace (3524 Connecticut Avenue N.W.; phone: +1 202 362 8200)

The art deco neon facade of this Cleveland Park institution looks like a misplaced Charlie Chan movie set. The great food has fueled Washington insiders for many years. In October 1962 two men, John Scali and Aleksandr Fomin, met here to work out a solution to the Cuban missile crisis.Across the street is one of the first automobile-oriented shopping centers in the U.S.A..