Now that Restaurant week is over, we can look forward to a nice, busy eating and drinking Fall ahead. Here are some restaurants and bars that either opened JUST very recently or whose openings are highly anticipated for the Fall 2014.
In no particular order because orders are pretty pointless:
POP’S SEABAR – 1817 Columbia Rd, Opening: September – DC has been in need of more casual seafood experiences, we’ll admit to that. So, combine that with a fact that the concept is coming to us from the team behind Cashion’s, the perfect Adams Morgan location (it is replacing Taan) and we’re there. Seafood baskets, Jersey Shore (the place, not the show) inspired drinks and more await.
PINEA – 1515 15th Street NW, Opening: Mid-September – W Hotel is stepping up their food and drinks game this fall with NOT JUST a complete POV overhaul but also a brand new restaurant concept in the old J&G Location, overseen by Barry Koslow (previously seen working all sorts of miracles at DGS. Expect: South-of-Europe flavors, a much more casual atmosphere than before, and an a fresh wine list. (photo courtesy of W Hotel)
BROOKLAND PINT – 716 Monroe Street NE, Opened: literally yesterday – It is only appropriate that DC’s latest beer extravaganza would open during DC Beer Week. Expect: lots of room to lounge in (both inside and, lets face it-more importantly OUTSIDE), 24 beers on tap, large format bottles, the (inevitable?) No Sleep Till Brookland IPA brewed exclusively for them by Franklins and an expanded menu compared to the Meridian Pint, its sister location. Open for drinking and dinner now, lunch and brunch are starting on Sept 1.
DBGB Bar & Kitchen – City Center, Opening: Mid-September – Of all the restaurant names currently attached to the behemoth that is City Center, the anticipation is probably the highest for Daniel Bouloud’s NY downtown DBGB, with a French brasseries/American tavern vibe. (Daniel Boulud afterparty photo from our James Beard coverage)
KAPNOS TAVERNA – 4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Opening: Soon – Mike Isabella opens a more seafood centric version of his 14th street Greek eatery. Now, between the two locations you have ALL YOUR meat and fish needs covered.
CHEZ BILLY SUD – 1039 31st Street, Opening: September – Eric Hilton and team take their Petworth bistro to Georgetown.
EL CAMINO – 108 Rhode Island Ave, Opening: October – 1905 is one of our favorite places in DC and so we are welcoming anything and everything that may also come from Phil Rodriguez and Tony Lucca. Expect: a relatively traditional Mexican food joint, Latin cocktails and more.
CHINA CHILCANO – 418 7th Street NW. Opening: Late Fall – It has been a while since the Godfather of DC small plates opened a new restaurant in the District, and the newest addition sees him both trying something new (for this area at least) and also staying very close to his Washington restaurant roots geographically. Opening in the old Olsson’s bookstore space on 7th, China Chilcano is sharing the block-and-a-half radius with Jaleo and Oyamel and a three block vicinity with Minibar/Barmini and Zaytinya. The concept is Chinese-Peruvian (or “Chifa”) and the press are salivating all over themselves. Rightfully so.
RURAL SOCIETY – 1177 15th Street NW, Opened: a week or so a go – Sliding in at the start of August, Iron Chef Jose Garces finally opened his first DC restaurant and it is a beauty. Ben Eisendrath of Grillworks (whose handywork you can see at Red Hen as well) designed the open wood parilla grills, and the menu is both VERY steak friendly but also features lobsters, Wagyu belly empanadas and “Kobe Beef of Poultry” aka Japanese Jidori Chicken. Behind the bar: 75 different whiskeys and wine based cocktails for those appreciating a slightly lighter hand
GYPSY SOUL – 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, Openning: 2 Days a go – RJ Cooper is opening a new place in Merrifield, and everyone’s been monitoring the progress. Now it is finally here. Expect: two floors, a roof deck, absolutely no small plates (but plenty of big ones, including a 60 oz steak and suckling pigs) and a lively, outdoors inspired cocktail menu.
UNION SOCIAL– 100 Florida Ave NE, Opening: November -Copperwood Tavern, Irish Whiskey Public House, Wilson Tavern and Mighty Pint are opening a train station themed bar.
MAKETTO – 1351 H Street NE . Opening: Soon– BYT’s What’s In Your Fridge Alum Erik Bruner-Yang and DURKL’s Will Sharp (Whose “Finer Things In Life With…” was one of BYT’s first features) have been working on this restaurant-retail mixed use for a while now and have certainly kept busy with pop-ups and events, but now maybe officially it looks like the opening is very near. Expect a menu inspired by Bruner-Yang’s travels to Cambodia and Taiwan and if their Hanoi house pop-up or those super delicious pork-buns they served at BYT NYE are any indication-we’re all in for a treat.
DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE – City Center, Opening: September – the more upscale restaurant variation from Del Frisco’s group (which has thus far graced the DC area with their Grilles) is coming to City Center.
DENSON LIQUOR BAR – 600 F Street NW – Opening: Very Soon – With a name we can only hope is inspired by the miracle of Ted Danson in Cheers, this is a full bar concept by the folks behind Acqua Al 2 and Ghibellina (both of which we love almost a little too much for our own good). Expect a strong focus on Scotch, craft beer and cocktails and a limited food menu.
MANGO TREE – City Center, Opening: Soonish? – Richard Sandoval continues his colonization of Washington’s dining scene with a sixth feather in his DC hat. This one will be, naturally, at City Center, and Thai themed with a sidewalk cafe and dancing.
MELT SHOP – Opening: Soon – the grilled cheese trend continues with the first DC outpost of the beloved NYC sandwich shop. We’re excited.
Let us know which ones YOU’RE EXCITED FOR/IF WE MISSED ANYTHING in the comments.