Pinea's tuna nicoise salad is adorned with haricots verts and olives — Photo courtesy of Pinea
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
The September opening of DBGB Kitchen and Bar in Northwest marked world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud's first foray into the restaurant scene of the nation's capital. Boasting the same name as his New York City eatery, the casual, French-American restaurant offers seven varieties of house-made sausages and three house-ground gourmet burgers.
Enjoy bites to share like half-dozen oysters or tarte flambée, or sample the changing seasonal market items. Entrees vary from the harissa-spiced lamb chop with cucumber couscous and minted yogurt to the fried chicken served with watermelon and collard greens.
The intimate dining room seats 75 while the bar and lounge area can hold 50 more. The bar has 22 craft beers on tap and 80 more served in the bottle. Wine lovers are not left out, because they also have a robust selection of more than 150 international selections.
Before you leave, be sure to check out the art adorning the walls. The plates were decorated by well-known chefs such as Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and the Voltaggio brothers.
Pinea, which replaces Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's J&G Steakhouse inside the W Hotel, marks Chef Barry Koslow's return to fine dining after time spent at DGS Delicatessen. The menu takes its cuisine inspiration from Spain, Italy and Greece and aims for bold, contemporary flavors to attract not only hotel guests but foodies as well.
This new restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with some dishes including handmade pastas, tuna nicoise salad and seafood selections. The past few months have been busy for the W Hotel. Not only is it launching Pinea on Wednesday, Oct. 1, but the hotel also recently reopened its P.O.V. rooftop lounge after an extensive renovation.
The Thai food-based Bangkok Joe's served hungry D.C. residents and guests for 12 years. But owners Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsiri decided to close the venue to update the design and concept.
Relaunching on Tuesday, Oct. 14, as Mama Rouge, the restaurant will showcase Southeast Asian and French cuisine. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu includes a selection of curries, noodles and crispy chicken. The owners say the name Mama Rouge is a homage to Bunyarataphan's grandmother, who inspired many of the recipes that appear on the menu.
If you plan on visiting Washington, D.C., this fall, then make sure you bring a large appetite and make reservations in advance. An open seat at these venues may be hard to come by.