Posts Tagged ‘minibar’

The Most Expensive New Years Eve Reservation in D.C.? Minibar.

Thought Minibar couldn't get any pricier? Wrong. Reservations for New Years Eve will cost $275 per person for the 6 p.m. seating and $350 for the 9 p.m. seating—excluding tax and tip. (Normally, Minibar charges $225 per person. Alcoholic drink pairings—$75 to $200—are extra.) Guests can snag the six seats at José's Table, the even […]

Minibar Adds a New $3,000 Dinner Option

As if Minibar wasn't exclusive and expensive enough, José's Andrés's 12-seat avant-garde restaurant is now adding an even more exclusive private dining room called José's Table. (The former restaurant inside a restaurant has a new restaurant inside it—meta, we know.) The table costs $3,000 for up to six people. The price is the same whether you have one person or six. José's […]

Soup Dreams: Daikaya Chef Katsuya Fukushima Trades High-End Molecular Gastronomy for Traditional Ramen

Chef Katsuya Fukushima made a career in cutting-edge cuisine, experimenting with spherification, foams, smoke—even meat-flavored chewing gum. He helped José Andrés open the original six-seat Minibar, where he was chef de cuisine, and he cooked for eight months at El Bulli in Spain, a former Mecca for molecular gastronomy. Fukushima also had a heavy hand […]

José Andrés to Open Cocktail Lab Called Barmini

José Andrés' secret is out: The restaurateur is opening a 23-seat "cocktail lab" next to minibar called barmini, featuring avant-garde libations, antique glassware, and ice carved exclusively by handsaw. It opens Feb. 15. The seasonal menu, broken down by spirit, will include more than 100 cocktails. Expect plenty of modernist techniques and ingredients, including "airs" […]

The Mysterious World of Minibar

José Andrés' new and improved Minibar may be officially open, but unless you can snag one of the highly coveted reservations, what's inside is still somewhat of a mystery. ThinkFoodGroup sent out a press release with limited details and a porthole-sized glimpse of the Gaudi-esque decor and avant-garde cuisine last week. The rest, it wants diners […]

Minibar Opening Delayed Until Next Week

The highly anticipated opening of José Andrés' new and improved Minibar is the latest victim of Hurricane Sandy. ThinkFoodGroup Senior Communications Manager Maru Valdes tells Y&H the first seatings will now take place on Nov. 7, instead of Nov. 2. She explains that government closings due to the storm caused delays in final inspections and permitting. That […]

Frederik De Pue Opening a Restaurant in Former Café Atlántico Building

Think Food Group has sold the Penn Quarter building that housed Café Atlántico, Minibar, and America Eats Tavern to chef Frederik De Pue and his investors, who plan to open a new restaurant in the space by the end of the year. The Belgian native worked in some top European restaurants before moving to D.C. […]

Molecular Astronomy

José Andrés’ Minibar is back and more expensive than ever. Instead of a piddly $150 per person, the 20-plus course tasting now costs $225 (before tax and tip). What else could you eat around D.C. for that kind of cash? Here are some suggestions: Graphic by Carey Jordan

Minibar Reservations Open Tomorrow

Mark your calendars for 10 a.m. tomorrow. Minibar is back. José Andrés' revamped avant-garde restaurant at 855 E St. NW will begin accepting reservations tomorrow morning for Nov. 2 seatings. Only this time, you can only snag a seat via email ( The reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. There will […]

Minibar Reopening Delayed Until Late October

Last we heard, José Andrés was planning to reopen a new and expanded Minibar in the former Zola Wine & Kitchen space on Oct. 1, with reservation-taking beginning Sept. 1. That didn't happen. Think Food Group now brings word that Minibar won't begin seatings until at least late October. Stay tuned: The restaurant will announce more details […]