Posts Tagged ‘Le Diplomate’

The Hungries: The Best and Worst of D.C. Restaurants in 2014

What was good, what was bad, and what was just weird in D.C. food this year.

Cost and Found: Trendy Restaurants Fight for the Best Junk

Those metal shade light fixtures above the bar? They’re jet engine noses, Jeff Black points out on a tour of his new Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Reclaimed Victorian sofas were refurbished in red velvet and connected to create a long banquette, while doors salvaged from Buenos Aires and found in New Jersey partition off the […]

The Hungries: The Best and Worst of D.C. Restaurants in 2013

During the second week of May, four new restaurants opened up on 14th Street NW—the same number that debuted in the same corridor all of last year. Which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about 2013: It seemed hardly a day went by that D.C. didn’t see another new bar, restaurant, market, […]

What’s the Toughest Reservation in D.C.?

Want a table at Le Diplomate at 8 p.m. on a Friday night but it's fully booked on OpenTable? My favorite secret weapon for getting the reservation I want is Rezhound. Basically it works like this: You enter the name of the restaurant and the reservation time you want, and Rezhound's bots repeatedly check back to […]

Price Check: Why Are Some New Restaurants Already Getting More Expensive?

If you thought Le Diplomate was expensive when it opened in April, you should see it now. The white-hot French brasserie from restaurateur Stephen Starr has increased the prices on nearly all of its entrées—anywhere from $1 to $4 per dish. The price tags for hors d’oeuvres, sides, and salads are mostly the same with […]

Basket Case: Bread Is Back and Fancier Than Ever

At the end of their meal, the two old ladies sitting next to us at Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row lean over their empty dishes to swap notes. They rave about the crispy octopus with burnt lemon and the caramelized cauliflower with Greek yogurt. I tell them next time they should try the pickle juice-brined […]

What Does the White House’s Chief Economic Advisor Think of D.C.’s Food Scene?

Yesterday, the President's outgoing chief economic advisor Alan Krueger appeared at Politico Playbook Lunch to answer important questions about foreign policy, the economy, and—of course?—whether Le Diplomate lives up to the hype. Moderator and Politico White House correspondent Mike Allen asked Krueger about the hot new French restaurant on 14th Street NW after Krueger revealed that […]

Sauce-O-Meter: How the Week’s Food Happenings Measure Up

Is the 14th Street Corridor Finally Becoming a Lunch Destination?

While the 14th Street corridor is one of the hottest dinner destinations in D.C., it's been a relative desert for weekday lunch. Back in October, Y&H wrote a column about how restaurants decide to expand to mid-day service. Eateries from Logan Circle up to U Street NW had mixed success: Taylor Gourmet does half its […]

Le Diplomate’s Wooden Floors Were Built to Creak

When a restaurant group spends more than $6.5 million on its buildout, you'd think it would want to make sure the floors don't creak. But at Stephen Starr's new French brasserie Le Diplomate, the floors make noise on purpose. Shawn Hausman Design's Jessica Kimberly and Shawn Hausman, who've designed top restaurants and hotels across the country, took inspiration from the old wooden […]