Words and photos: Stephanie Breijo
Dessert fans, rejoice; on April 10, 14th Street’s about to get a whole lot sweeter. Red Light, the District’s newest date spot, serves up nothing but the finest desserts and craft cocktails brought to you by former Komi pastry chef Robert Underwood and The Wilder Brothers, respectively.
It’s a moody, sleek restaurant on the corner of R and 14th with a range of confections and cocktails rotating weekly. Expect anything from Black & Tan Donuts (their pale ale beignets with stout-chocolate filling) to Goat’s Cheese Custard with lake anna honey, crispy quinoa and pineapple three-ways.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Underwood’s talents will even launch a brunch toward the end of the month with what we’re guessing will be the sweetest brunch option on 14th. (Oh, and it lasts until 5:00PM.)
“I believe that it’s gonna be a helluva lot of fun,” owner Aaron Gordon tells me. “Desserts and cocktails are wonderful; they’re two of my favorite things in the world.”
What’s another of Gordon’s favorite things? Champagne.
Those looking for bubbly will find unique specials and pairings–because there’s nothing quite so decadent as a well-prepared dessert alongside a glass of your favorite champagne–though the real star of the beverage menu is, as you could have guessed, anything and everything conceived by The Wilder Brothers.
Though the talented duo recently opened their own spot in Adams Morgan, you’ll find them behind the bar at Red Light 40 hours a week, significant partners in the restaurant. They’ve created a truly remarkable menu that showcases not only their skills as mixologists–and we do mean mixologists–but their creativity as well.
Taste your way through The Peep Show (genever, pimms, cucumber, darjeeling black tea and ginger beer with a sprig of rosemary lit on fire) and the Double Down (rye, rose bitters, b-grade maple syrup and ruby red grapefruit). Craving something a bit sweeter? Try the Dirty Shirley (gin, burlesque bitters, ginger ale, brandied cherries and cotton candy) or even the Empty Promise (bourbon, apricot liqueur, stone fruit nectar, mint and ginger).
Come warmer weather you’ll find boozy Sno Cone concoctions on the 45-seat patio and a few other surprises along the way, making it a perfect date spot to grab a drink before or after dinner, or a bite of something sweet any time of the night.
“You’re kind if seeing the same chocolate cakes and crime brûlée a over and over again,” Gordon says, “So we wanted to create something that’s totally unique totally fun totally delicious.”
We’re certain they just did.
Red Light opens April 10 with dinner Monday – Thursday, 4:00PM to 12:00 Midnight and Friday – Saturday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00AM. Sunday hours from 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight.