Posts Tagged ‘New American cuisine’

Indian-Style Lamb, Steak With Grits: Things to Expect at Unum, Opening Tonight

To say that the fate of new Georgetown eatery Unum hinged entirely on the outcome of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's 2010 election campaign is probably overstating things. But, sort of, anyway. At the time, chef Phillip Blane and wife Laura Schiller were shopping for restaurant spaces. Blane, a former sous chef at Todd Gray's Equinox, [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: PS 7′s

One of the most satisfying things to watch this year has been chef Peter Smith’s evolution at PS 7’s. The Chinatown haunt was once committed to a concept so complex that the average diner couldn’t even grasp it. These days, Smith’s menus are as playful as they are creative and technical. His lunch/bar menus, for [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Palena

No one needs to tell you to visit Frank Ruta’s precision-cooking operation in Cleveland Park, whether his cafe or the more formal dining room in back, and I hesitated to include it on my list. The obviousness of the choice pains me to a degree. But making room for Palena gave me another chance to [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: The Oval Room

It wouldn’t have been hard to include every one of Ashok Bajaj’s seven restaurants on this list. Not that I would ever do that. I mean, I’ve never been very fond of ball hogs, if you’ll allow me to use such a crude metaphor in reference to one of the most refined restaurateurs in town. [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Eventide

Not that I was actively looking for it, but I finally found Eventide’s weakness: its brunch menu, into which chef Miles Vaden has injected a little whimsy and sophistication in an attempt to shake up that most predictable of services. The dish I’m thinking about specifically is the BPLT, the standard three-ingredient sandwich but with [...]

Chef R.J. Cooper Leaves Vidalia

UPDATED: 5:13 p.m. 8/9/2010 R.J. Cooper, the chef who won a James Beard award in 2007 while helming the Vidalia kitchen, has abruptly left the downtown restaurant. Cooper confirmed his departure this afternoon but declined to provide further details. Cooper did say that he would try to resurrect his celebrated "24" tasting menu elsewhere while [...]

Ris Lacoste Fuses Fine Dining with Diners

During an interview I conducted late last year with Ris Lacoste, the fixture for a decade at 1789, the chef revealed some of the inspiration behind her new place, RIS, in the West End: Bob Kinkead, my dearest friend and mentor, said, ‘Ris, you look for an underserved neighborhood, you know.’ He would always say, [...]

December’s Fire Has Stoked Some New Ideas at Equinox

Nothing has come easy for Todd and Ellen Gray since a fire gutted their kitchen at Equinox in December. The owners have been battling their insurance company, battling weather delays, and battling their own expectations on when they can get back to work. The Grays figured they'd be back in business by March; they even took reservations from devoted Equinox  fans eager to [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: 2941

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 dish was [...]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: PS 7′s

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. A professional, if [...]

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