More Details on DBGB Kitchen And Bar Coming to CityCenterDC

931 H Street, NW

Back in June of last year we first learned New York City’s Daniel Boulud would be bringing a DBGB Kitchen And Bar to CityCenterDC.

Now a few more details from the liquor license application posted out front says:

“New upscale fine dining brasserie-style restaurant specializing in French cuisine with Summer Garden seating 78 patrons and Sidewalk Café seating 44 patrons. Background music will be provided. Total occupancy load is 250.”

You can see the New York menus here.

And thanks to all who sent emails about rumors of David Chang’s Momofuku also coming to CityCenter. A source of mine also confirms that is true.


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  • justinbc

    Super stoked about both announcements.

  • I find it hard to get too excited about these places. New York transplants always seem to disappoint for some reason.

  • Which other restaurants are NY transplants? I’m sure there must be some, but I don’t know which they are.

    • shake shack

    • justinbc

      The only significant chef I can think of would be Richard Sandoval, who got his big start in NYC. With his multiple outposts here now though I think he’s cemented a pretty solid DC presence.

      • Yeah, pretty solidly mediocre these days. They all started out great though, I’ll give you that.

      • And while Stephen Starr is best known for his Philly work, he’s got a bunch of places in New York, too. they do pretty well. We can all agree that he’s succeeded with Le Diplomate, I think.

    • Carmine’s

    • Il Mulino. Casa Nonna (from a NYC-based restaurant group). There are others I can’t think of. DC is a very, very different market from New York in a lot of ways. These new places can succeed if they realize this.

      • yeah, they can afford to be a lot more mediocre than their NYC establishments and the DC foodie sheep will still line up with a sack of cash to spend there.

        • If you think there aren’t eve more foodie sheep in NYC lining up to pay whatever with their Wall Street bonuses then you weren’t paying attention up there.

      • How so? I guess the conventional wisdom is that NYC has a much larger and more diverse population and to stand out you really need to differentiate yourself? It’s not enough to simply be a Japanese place (and heaven forbid pan-asian) you need to be a yakitori.

        DC is a smaller and less diverse city. With a few exceptions, we like our contemporary American and our “(insert ethnicity) food for white people” type places.

    • Osteria Morini, too. The truth is that some of these places don’t live up to the hype in NYC either. Momofuku Noodle Bar was okay, but I preferred Toki.

      • justinbc

        I’ve it said (probably ad naseum to some) before, but Toki consistently provides the best bowl of ramen that I’ve had in the U.S. It’s not the most traditional Japanese bowl you’ll get (and shouldn’t be, since it’s Taiwanese), but flavor and composition wise I’ve yet to have anything surpass it. We’re extraordinarily fortunate to have it here in DC and for the price we can get it at.

    • westend bistro, though no longer associated with original proprietor eric ripert, certainly owes much of its success to the michelin-starred chef.

  • No question that both of these, executed well, will add significantly to the dining offerings here. Yes, even if they are one-offs of concepts in NY. If we are lucky, Chang will do something closer to Ssam, Ko, or Ma Peche, and hopefully even something truly original.
    Before we start going on about “NY transplants”, however, let’s remember that David Chang is a local boy, and this would be a hometown restaurant for him, of sorts.
    To Anonymous 9:15, Osteria Moroni is an example of a (successful) recent NY transplant.
    Let’s also pause to recognize that Aron Silverman, of Rose’s Luxury, spent 2 years with Chang at Momofuku. He’s the best thing that happened to eating in DC in the past few years, and we would be lucky to get David down here…

  • DBGB, GCDC, GBD & DGS: you will never refer to the correct one on the first try.

  • Daniel is an incredible restaurant – super stoked to hear that a Boulud is coming our way.

  • Hearing about all of the new tenants coming to CityCenter has been exciting, and very clearly is going to be a huge boost for this section of the District. But I am a little concerned with the fact that every restaurant and shop seems to be tailored to upscale shopping and dining. Are this many high end places going to be able to survive next to each other? The planners/developers obviously know more then I about how these things should be done, I just hope in 2 years there aren’t vacant storefronts because the area couldn’t support all of these luxury brands side by side.

    • These brands prefer, and in some cases insist, on being side by side. It’s built into their branding and business models. I’m less concerned about them surviving than I am about the surrounding street scape being dead because these types of retailers certainly don’t get by on volume and the amount of pedestrian traffic on that block is considerably less than a few blocks east or west. Whether the plaza and restaurants will be enough to draw folks over to the development remains to be seen.

      • Good points.
        I say let them open and see what happens. If they fail, the company managing CityCenterDC will need to go “downmarket” and open up stores/restaurants that have more mass market appeal. The free market will take care of this fairly quickly, IMHO.
        That said, I find CityCentreDC to be fairly imposing, cold, and unwelcoming from an aesthetic point of view. My guess is that it doesn’t draw in a lot of pedestrian foot traffic.
        Also, how long until the high school kids overrun the plaza and it becomes a hangout spot? Is the plaza considered to be public or private space?

        • The plaza is public and I’ve noticed them already doing special events there like free fitness classes on Tuesdays in April. There must have been 100+ people doing yoga in the plaza when I ran by there the other day. I think they also did a big pet thing with vendors, vets, giveaways, etc. recently.

      • all these concerns are totally unwarranted. this place is going to be a blowout success, absolutely no doubt about it. It looks deserted now because it’s not done and there are few residents. the residences will sell out in no time and the area will be teeming with people. As someone who can remember when chinatown was a deserted hellscape at night, the future of city center is easily forseeable to me.

        • +1. It’s even nicer than the original rendering suggest. A really lovely space that’s already showing a lot of amazing signs of life. I, am very excited to see it all coming together and expect it to keep shoppers in the District who would otherwise go to Friendship Heights, McLean, or other cities to do high-end shopping.

      • The foot traffic will increase when the entire CityCenter complex is up and running including all office and residential tenants along with the retail stores. Penn Quarter already has the highest foot traffic in the city and this enormous mixed use complex will only serve to boost area foot traffic at all hours of the day.

    • Ive wondered the same thing. It surprises me that there are so many stores going in that are devoted to one type of item- handbags, suits luggage, etc. I understand the desire to bring high end stores downtown but I would’ve thought they’d add something to diversify the offerings like a department store.

      • justinbc

        There are multiple department stores within blocks of CityCenter, why would they add another?

        • Multiple?? My math must be off, I count 1…Macy’s. What are the other one’s I’m missing? Certainly, no high end ones like Saks, Neimen Marcus, Bloomingdales, etc that you might expect to accompany a development like this.

    • You can’t discount the tourists who will eventually wonder over to check out the “fancy” shops and restaurants. Many folks who visit DC don’t get a regular chance to dine out at some fancy-shmancy that they heard about on TV or see “haute couture” firsthand. Here, they can.

    • Maybe they can stick a Popeye’s in there somewhere

  • DBGB is great, but Momofuku is MAJOR news!

    • justinbc

      Given that Daniel has 4 stars (3 for Daniel and 1 for Cafe Boulud) to David’s 2 (for Ko only) it’s hard to see how one is significantly more “major” than the other, unless you completely discount that kind of thing, which many admittedly do.

      • Fair point, Justin, but this isn’t Daniel of Cafe Boulud, it’s DBGB — Boulud’s entry-level restaurant. Also, the Momofuku news is pretty new, and we’ve known DBGB was in the works for a while.

        • justinbc

          Totally. I’m eagerly anticipating the announcement of what Chang will actually do here. I hope he sees the potential and goes balls out.

          • Absolutely. I think any David Chang concept in this space would do very, very well and I would line up to try it. DBGB less so, but only because I’m vegetarian and there aren’t great options for me there (at least at the NYC location).

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