Posts Tagged ‘Makoto’

Zagat 2012 Released Today: Zaytinya, Still Most Popular; Marcel’s, Still Top Food

Zagat’s updated "2012 Washington, DC/Baltimore Restaurants Survey," is officially released on Wednesday. In it, you'll find D.C.'s most popular restaurants listed as follows: Zaytinya, 2 Amys, Central, Citronelle, Inn at Little Washington. And the city's top rated places for food: Marcel’s (29 out of 30 points), Inn at Little Washington (29) Komi (29), CityZen (28), […]

Makoto Takes a Fall in the Latest Zagat Survey

As you might remember, Y&H last year made something of a fuss about Makoto's strange stranglehold on the top spots in the annual Zagat Guide, which really isn't so annual after all. Well, the new 2011 Washington D.C./Baltimore survey just hit the streets today, and guess what? Makoto is nowhere to be found among the […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Makoto

For years, yours truly and just about every other food writer, whether local or national, described Makoto as a kaiseki house. And for years, every one of us was dead wrong. Last year, a manager at the tiny Palisades restaurant informed me that the place prefers to be called an omakase house. The difference between […]

Once and For All, Makoto Does Not Specialize in Kaiseki Cuisine

This is embarrassing — for Y&H and for many other sources that have consistently equated the dishes served at Makoto to the more formal kaiseki dining found in Japan. I spoke with Michiko Lecuyer, a manager at Makoto, who assured me that the tiny Palisades restaurant does not specialize in kaiseki. Rather, Lecuyer says after […]

Zagat Responds to Y&H Posts on Makoto and Repetitive Guides

This weekend, Tiffany Barbalato, director of communications for Zagat, e-mailed to address some of the questions raised in two Y&H posts from last week, the first wondering about Makoto's quick ascendancy to (and permanent place among) D.C.'s top restaurants and the other detailing Zagat's oddly duplicate guides on even years. Barbalato was responding for Olga […]

This Week’s Greatest Hits on the Young & Hungry Blog

Beer and controversy, controversy and beer. They are the backbone of the Young & Hungry blog. Here's what you've been reading this  week: Budweiser Launches Select 55, Light Beer Arms Race Gets Absurd WTF: Makoto Is Once Again the Top-Rated Restaurant in the Annual Zagat Guide Not So Fast: There's No Deal for a Ray's […]

More on Makoto and Zagat’s Undying Love For It

Following my post yesterday on Zagat voters' undying love for Makoto, colleague Michael Birchenall, editor and publisher of Foodservice Monthly, did some serious sleuthing through his back issues of the annual restaurant guide, dating back to 1993.  Here's what he found: Makoto, which opened in the early 1990s, made a meteoric appearance among D.C.'s best […]

WTF: Makoto Is Once Again the Top-Rated Restaurant in the Annual Zagat Guide

I obviously have nothing against Makoto, the meditative Japanese bento box of a restaurant in the Palisades, which specializes in kaiseki cuisine. I mean, I included the place among my 50 favorite restaurants in the D.C. area. What does bother me about Makoto, however, is its stranglehold on the top spot in the annual D.C./Baltimore […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Makoto

One by one, we’re running through the 50 restaurants that made the cut on this year’s Young & Hungry Dining Guide. If you have visited the day’s featured restaurant, let us know what you think. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, tell us about your meal when you return. The first time […]