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  • I see they’re aiming for the vaunted Firehouse Restaurant model. Good luck?
    But seriously, where are their happy hour specials? That’ll be the only thing to draw me there.

  • Went there last week for the soft opening — the food was delicious, the staff was friendly, attentive, and wonderful, and I love the design/layout of the place. Highly recommend!

    • Agreed! The $8 Citizen was TO DIE FOR! Have you tried that one before?

      • Nah, I’m actually not much of a pale ale fan. I stuck with the wine list, shared a bottle of the elevation red blend with my friend, but it was also good and very reasonably priced!

        • Obvious plant doesn’t realize they are so obvious?

          • Oh yay! We’re at conspiracy theory time!

            Seriously, not a plant. No connections to this place whatsoever, beyond living in the neighborhood and being someone who genuinely liked the restaurant, and was glad to see something good pop up in an area that needs it. $8 is an average price for a decent beer in DC. People who complain about prices are hilarious to me. You live in one of America’s most expensive cities — if you don’t want to pay, go eat at places of lesser quality. In my opinion, the prices here were totally reasonable for what you were getting.

          • I totally agree! My $8 Citizen (did you know it’s modeled after a Belgian beer?) felt like it was totally worth the money! I know that you can get it for $6 pretty much anywhere else in the city, but this place has the ambiance that’s sorely lacking elsewhere! I mean, it’s right at the nexus of New York and Florida Avenues – who doesn’t love the urban energy of NYC and the warm, sunny Florida rays? It’s a total win-win for all!

          • I drink a lot of beer in bars. $8 isn’t horrible for a rare beer, but for local beers that absurd. And $10 for a Fat Tire (i.e. the Yuengling of Colorado)? Compare that to $6 at Iron Horse. Similarly, DC Brau is $6 at Big Hunt.

            Unless these are imperial pints, these prices are questionable.

          • Big Hunt? Seriously? I prefer my dinner to be edible and my bar to not be overwhelmed with obnoxious GW students. That was really exactly my point — if you don’t want to pay as much, go to a crappier place. You’re free to do it, but if you’re really that upset about a $2 price difference, I think it might be time to ask your boss for a raise.

          • Yea, I’m totally with Megan on this! Don’t be such a cheapskate and just give them your money! I mean, this IS America! Amirite or amirite?!?

          • I have no idea who Megan is. But I never said you had to give them your money. I said you can go other places if you want, but in my experience, when it comes to ambiance and service, you get what you pay for. $2 extra and all.

    • Hey “Love this Place”

      I really doubt you guys will be open for long. Which is really a shame. Lots of people where excited about this place but your marketing tactics and pricing structures, which structure?, will get you out of a job. I hope they replace this place with a Peruvian chicken place 😀

      • Seriously — I don’t work there. I work for a non-profit. I have no say in their marketing tactics or pricing structures because I am just a random person who happened to go to their soft opening, liked it, and recognizes that sometimes things cost money.

  • Hi, I’ll have the $14 hummus, the $10 deviled eggs, $11 fried pickles, $10 mashed potatoes, and $25 mushroom farro.
    Are you f’ing kidding me? I can get the same food for half the price at Boundary Stone, and I don’t have to risk my life at the intersection of NY Ave and Florida Ave to get there.

  • $10 pint of Fat Tire? Who do they think they are fooling??

    • I’m curious as to how big the pitchers are. Is this some plan where they’ve priced pints amusingly high so everyone buys in bulk instead?

      • Good question. While the single beer prices are quite high (and do the listed prices include tax??), the pitcher prices, assuming the pitchers fill four beers (14-16 oz, depending on where you are in DC), are a steal. You’re looking at $5.50/beer for a 90 Minute IPA, which is a good price. I would order a pitcher every time, even if I was flying solo.

  • I don’t walk around this area much, but I always wondered about the location of this building. Seems like it’s trapped on an island, surrounded by busy streets with difficult crossings and the metro tracks. Just doesn’t seem like a trip I’d want to make. Am I remembering wrong?

    • nah, you’re pretty much on target, the intersection blows, you have to cross in a few different places. not that different from getting to the noma metro via NY ave, though.

    • If you are coming from north of R or south of the metro station on foot or by bike, the Met Branch Trail goes over Florida and under NY with access to the property.

  • Actually I think they do have happy hour specials — here’s some of what came across my building’s listserv in NoMA:

    Daily happy hour featuring $1 oysters, $6 drafts, $15 pitchers, and $7 wines by the glass.
    Current hours of operation are:
    Sunday-Thursday: 11am-11pm
    Friday-Saturday: 11am-12am
    Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm daily
    * Brunch: Starting in 2 weeks”

  • This is a joke right? Prices are equal or higher than Red Hen. Priced like a hotel bar/restaurant without the hotel.

    • There are three hotels within a block and only one of them has a bar. This is pretty much a hotel bar/restaurant.

  • Seems like their prices reflect the monopoly on walkable bar/restaurants from the large apartment buildings in Noma. Now that I’ve escaped that dessert, doesn’t seem like there’s anything special to draw me here (although I’m sure the residents of Noma are thrilled).

    • +1
      They have a “captured audience” with those overpaying to live in the soul-less “luxury” rentals near here and the hotel visitors. This area is a huge rip-off and not even really that safe at night.
      However, quick access to Wendy’s Frosties.

      • Please get a clue about this neighborhood. I’ve lived in an old rowhome in Eckington for six years and these restaurants on our walk home too. We’re not all rich idiots living in high rises. You sound like an extreme snob.

    • I know it’s a typo, but I still had to giggle at escaping the dessert. I’m imagining you trying to swim through chocolate mousse, and not really getting anywhere, arms flailing. Or sinking into a flan with an audible *bloop*.

  • The only way those beer prices are not insane are if they are doing the no tipping service included thing or if you get four pints out of your $19 pitcher. You can literally buy a six pack of DC Brau for like two dollars more than they are charging for a pint and you can buy a six pack of Fat Tire for like two dollars less than they are charging.

  • jim_ed

    Not only are these prices laughably high, there appears to be zero correlation or logic behind them. $14 gets you crab dip (and assuming it includes real crab, has a high food cost) OR Hummus (which has a low food cost). $10 for a Fat Tire but $8 for a DC Brau? A filet mignon costs only $2 more than a pork chop? None of this makes any sense. Did they break out the Gamble-Tron 2000 for the pricing algorithm?

  • I looked at the apartments upstairs about a year ago, and the fact that a restaurant/bar was opening “soon” was a selling point. I’m REALLY glad I didn’t end up living here.

  • These prices are a joke. $10 for deviled eggs? $25 for farro? $10 for dessert? Hahaha. No.

  • I went on Friday – stepped in at 8:15pm and it was crowded. The food was good – I had the lamb burger. I’ll agree prices are a little high, but food is enjoyable. It’s new so it’ll settle into the right spot soon.

  • Good lord what a bunch of snobby Internet trolls you people are. If you don’t like the place, don’t go there!! No need to try to destroy them in their first week… Get a life, sad and pathetic. Keep in mind that there is an entire wait staff trying to make a living there, so while you may not like the place, at least give someone else the opportunity to make up their own mind… Of wait, it seems like none of you have even been there yet – so glad this is coming from authorities on the matter.


    • I can’t imagine that anyone here cares enough about this place one way or another to “try to destroy it”. Folks are just pointing out the seemingly dubious pricing structure that seems out of line with its area competitors. But hey, who cares what people here think – if your business plan is solid just let the market speak for itself.

  • Anyone who says this place is worth the money they are charging is crazy!! I stopped by on opening night. I tried a specialty cocktail… $12 and it wasn’t great. As for the food… everything brought out to me had clearly been sitting out, it was not warm by the time it got to me. Overall, it was not good, but hey, it was opening night, I get it. So I tried back a few days later. Same problems. Cold food.

    The staff is nice, but when I asked a simple question like “Is happy hour available only in the bar?” I got several answers, but they ultimately decided that yes, only in the bar. I really don’t understand the pricing. Yes its DC, but you still need to back up the pricing with quality. Union Social falls far flat. Aside from the cold food, I just thought it was all really bland. And happy hour? Just a joke. The purpose of happy hour is to draw people in. They clearly just don’t get the concept. I’m not asking for them to give the bar away, but do we really need another overpriced restaurant in DC?

    As for NoMa, Union Market is down the street (also extremely overpriced, IMO) as well as the beer garden next to the metro is still open, so Union Social is not “the only bar in the area.” I’ll just choose to stop by the Harris Teeter around the corner and buy a six pack and save my money… as I’m just not a fan of flushing it down the toilet.

  • I went there on their opening day for happy hour. First, I don’t see that they captured any theme in their decor; it screams standard local-DC chain, like a Bus Boys and Poets. So, contrary to what some posters are suggesting, you’re not getting anything particularly awesome in ambiance for the price. Their beers are standard sizes, so yes they are overpriced. I also had their fries and they were fries, but $8… Not much more to say about that.

    I guess being so close to all of the apartments is their argument, but if you live north of NoMa, like in Eckington or the south east end of Bloomingdale, there is no reason to bother with it. While they think they might not have much competition, and for the NoMa area they don’t, withing a short walk is everything on 1st NW and Rhode Island, further up the trail is Dew Drop Inn, on North Cap there is Pub and the People and if forced to go, the Firehouse. So for those of us not entirely stuck in NoMa, it doesn’t stack up well.

    I think, as another poster mentioned, it’s another case of the Firehouse. This place just totally missed the mark for the neighborhood (or at least the residential neighbors outside of NoMa). I think it will probably survive just based on the hotel and apartment resident traffic, but I don’t think it really hits the mark.

    Maybe I’m just insane, but what I really think the neighborhood needs is something like Stoney’s. A place that has reasonable food prices and quality, no stupid and poorly-executed theme, and is in general just a neighborhood watering hole. But I doubt that ever happens. Instead it will be a steam of concept bars that miss the mark and end up turning NoMa into even more of a soulless suburban town center than it already is. Alas.

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