Dear PoP – Todd Gray’s restaurant Watershed in NOMA opened last Friday

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“Dear PoP,

I don’t think I’ve seen the opening mentioned on your blog, though you did write about it earlier this year. The website is here.

I was at Tynan for a meeting last night and noticed the valet parking sign for the new Hilton Garden hotel, which is also open, and Watershed . . . so I asked the valet if Watershed was open and he responded yes.”

A recent press release says:

NoMa’s first fine dining restaurant opens today, along with the neighborhood’s second hotel. Todd Gray’s Watershed and the 204-room Hilton Garden Inn opened with a splash at 1225 First Street, NE, offering a luxurious hospitality experience and seafood from the Eastern seaboard.

A grand lobby features a cascading waterfall leading to the second floor, which holds the ballroom, lounge, business center and Watershed. Watershed is the latest venture of restaurateur couple Chef Todd and Ellen Kassoff Gray, known for the highly-acclaimed Equinox restaurant. Guests are first welcomed into an intimate lounge area where they can enjoy specialty cocktails, small plates and a daily raw bar selection featuring a coast-to-coast variety of oysters from Kusshis and Hama Hamas to Chincoteagues and Wellfleets. Crudos of the day, game specials and a seafood selection including Chef Todd’s signature Rappahannock River oyster sandwich, take center stage at the restaurant’s Chef’s Table at the top of the 65-seat main dining room. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto an outdoor patio seating 45 guests.

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  • We ate there on opening night – it was complete chaos, but the food was good once we got it. Definitely has a lot of potential once they get it operational. The outdoor space is going to be amazing in the summer.

  • I was there on Saturday. Really fantastic – got to speak with both Todd and Ellen (who brought us some free hush puppies – our table ordered a bunch more). I haven’t had the main menu yet, but the bar menu is fantastic. So glad to have this place in the neighborhood!

  • i made the poor choice to go on easter sunday. no raw bar, in fact, no seafood at all and very bland boring food. i realize it was their first weekend, but i left very disappointed.

  • also went opening night — chaos is right, but that’s to be expected. the hush puppies are insane.

  • I checked it out this evening… the outdoor patio was quite a surprise. This is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. Plus, the new hotel means hundreds of additional people in the neighborhood every day who need to eat out for their meals, so hopefully it will help drive more restaurants (and existing ones like Roti to expand their hours!).

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