Spring is here! And with it, many new developments in the DC dining scene. Read below to get all of the juicy details.
New Restaurant Openings!
• Takoda: This new 132-seat contemporary American restaurant and beer garden March 11th in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC at 715 Florida Avenue, NW, Suite 200, 20001. Guests can anticipate an expansive list of 24+ American draft beers, 10 handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made syrups and fresh juices and six wines, available by the glass and bottle, showcasing wines from California and Oregon. There is also a food menu with pretzels and beer cheese, tots, mac n cheese, salads, and more.
• Espita Mezcaleria: It only just opened, but this new Mexican spot is already a local favorite. The restaurant specializes in mole and mezcal, and has a menu full of tacos, sopes, and salsas. Head over before its impossible to make a reservation!
• Hyirisan: Tim Ma’s new venue has an exciting, modern Asian-inspired menu. Reservations can only be made over the phone, day of.
Cherry Blossom Specials! The Cherry Blossom festival will continue until April 17th, which means you have plenty of time to take advantage of local food and drink specials that commemorate this special time. Here’s a rundown of some of the best deals:
• At barmini by José Andrés, enjoy these awesome cocktails inspired by the festival. The Essential Pollen made with honey vodka, lemon, chamomile, and egg white, the Aroma Therapy a blend of gin, lemon, vermouth blanc, lavender bitters, and soda, Jaune Giallo, which combines yellow & green chartreuse, galliano, saffron, orange, orange blossom, and cream, and Starkling a concoction made of pear vodka, st germain, lemon, star fruit, and sparkling wine.
• Go to 14 K Restaurant to sample two dessert specials, a cherry cobbler served with vanilla bean ice cream and cherry cheesecake, topped with sugar whipped sour cream and cherry compote. Even more fun is their cherry blossom “Mini Martini Flight”. The flight includes the14K, made with gold flakes, bourbon, apple Cider, bing cherries, the Hamilton, with ingredients that include brandy smoked bing cherries, bourbon, orange, and Angostura bitters, the Cherry Emerson, a drink comprised of bing cherries, gin, sweet Vermouth, and finally the Cherry Blossom, a vodka, black cherry puree, pineapple juice, triple sec, and grenadine beverage.
• Cuba Libre is featuring open-faced warm cherry tart with white chocolate ice cream during the Cherry Blossom festival. For the perfect pairing, Cuba Libre will also be serving a Cherry-Infused Rum Punch with cinnamon powder, aromatic bitters, Guarapo and fresh lime juice, garnished with a cinnamon stick and two cherries.
• Bibiana Osteria Enoteca will offer a classic Italian dessert with a celebratory twist during this year’s Cherry Blossom festival. Guests can take pleasure in the Cherry Ricotta Semifreddo with flourless chocolate cake and cannoli crisp.
• Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will be offering a cherry blossom donut offering throughout this year’s Cherry Blossom season. It’s a vanilla doughnut with a cherry filling and a vanilla bean cream cheese glaze with cherry blossom design.
• Ankara to host a Meyhane. A traditional Turkish Meyhane (a gathering place for food, wine & music) is different from a typical American dining experience, from the lack of a menu to the musicians roaming the restaurant engaging guests in song to the overall communal and extremely lively experience. At a traditional Turkish Meyhane (pronounced may-HAH-nay) there is lots of food and drinking, more food and drinking, and even more food and drinking along with lots of singing. (Yes, this really happens) On the menu (or actually the lack thereof menu actually) is the meze, salads and vegetable dishes enjoyed throughout the region as well as regional wine and raki. Tables will be grouped in long rows, emulating the communal, relaxed, sharing environment of a Meyhane. Roaming musicians playing traditional music will further set the stage for this beloved and often very lively Turkish dining. Book your ticket now. For $80 all inclusive of tax and tip you will enjoy bountiful food and drink and friendship.
• Park Hyatt Washington will host a spring 2016 Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, a seasonal culinary & beverage experience on Saturday, April 23. On this particular April afternoon, guests will join Blue Duck Tavern Bartender Alex Gordon and Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy for an exclusive culinary and cocktail experience, highlighting unique flavors of the garden’s springtime bounty. Guests will learn how to make four seasonal cocktail highlighting fresh herbs, while enjoying appetizers featuring the key spring garden ingredients. This unique event for gourmands is priced at $65 per person, all-inclusive.
• Friday, April 8th is National Empanada Day and to celebrate Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, will be offering a Dollar Empanada Happy Hour. Fans of the delectable stuffed pastry are encouraged to stop by the restaurant between 5 PM to 7 PM to sample their wonderful cheese empanadas each priced at $1.