Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth August 12, 2019 at 10:15 am 0

828 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“We are pleased to announce that critically acclaimed chef Kevin Tien will soon be opening a new restaurant, Emilie’s, in the heart of Capitol Hill. The new 5,175-square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open in September 2019. Chef Tien will be leaving Himitsu later this month to focus on Emilie’s opening.

“I can’t thank our loyal guests and the Himitsu family enough for making Himitsu the incredible success that it is today,” remarked Tien. “While this was a very difficult decision to make, I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter and sharing my passion with the community on a larger scale and a different service style.”

Chef Tien’s final service at Himitsu will be September 15th. Himitsu will subsequently continue to operate under current co-owner Carlie Steiner. Chef Amanda Moll, former executive sous chef of Doi Moi, will be taking over as Himitsu’s new executive chef. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE rendering courtesy Emilie’s

Ed. Note: My boy, Barred in DC, tipped me to this on Friday and was pretty much spot on. Here are all the details from a press release:

“We are pleased to announce that critically acclaimed Chef Kevin Tien will be opening a new restaurant, Emilie’s, in the heart of Capitol Hill. The 3,313 square-foot restaurant will be located at Penn Eleven, the redevelopment of the former Frager’s Hardware store, and is slated to open spring 2019.

“Two years ago, we opened Himitsu,” remarked Tien. “Taking my passion for Japanese cuisine, but pushing the envelope and getting our guests out of their comfort zones was exciting. I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter and sharing my passion with the community on a larger scale and a different service style.”

Emilie’s daily-changing menu will focus on seasonally inspired and local ingredients and will include large plates and a small a la carte menu. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2018 at 11:15 am 0

423 8th Street, SE

Can’t get into Himitsu? On Friday, May 18th you won’t be able to get into Chiko!! Kidding, kidding. Kind of. This sounds awesome.

From Chiko:

“CHIKO After Dark Series
Friday, May 18th
From 9:30pm-Midnight
423 8th St SE Washington DC 20003
Walk-ins welcome, not a ticketed event

CHIKO is the first restaurant from The Fried Rice Collective. Chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno pair modern cooking techniques with traditional Chinese and Korean flavors, while Drew Kim provides his passion for hospitality ensuring a unique fine-casual dining experience. The After Dark Series is an idea born from years of collaborative efforts by Chefs Drewno and Lee. This series will offer an opportunity for both local and national chefs to have a creative space to experiment.

Guest Chef’s Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner (Himitsu) will offer unique dishes for the evening. All specials are priced a modest $8. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 18, 2017 at 10:25 am 0

Himitsu. 828 Upshur Street, NW. Not a recipient but really quite delicious.


“Michelin today released the newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C. 2018, and adds two more star selections to the nation’s capital.

Michelin inspectors, who have been dining anonymously around Washington, D.C., for the last two years, have recognized Komi and Metier for the first time. Both restaurants were of great interest to the inspection team in the inaugural edition of the Guide last year.”


Inn at Little Washington (The)


Pineapple and Pearls

ONE STAR (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2017 at 11:25 am 0

The Petworth restaurant will open on their days off to support the Greater Houston Community Foundation and The United Way. Photo credit: Farrah Skeiky/Dim Sum Media

If you want to eat for a good cause past Saturday – hit Himitsu.

From a press release:

WHAT: This year more than ever before, the DC restaurant community has mobilized to help neighbors and friends near and far. Earlier this year, Himitsu‘s Carlie Steiner and Kevin Tien supported Planned Parenthood ahead of January’s Women’s March. In the past week, Tropical Storm Harvey has flooded Houston and the surrounding areas, causing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

In response, Himitsu will be open on Sunday September 3rd and Monday September 4th for regular dinner service and a Chicken Sando lunch pop-up. 100% of profits will be donated to local Texas resources- one for immediate relief and one for long-term relief that will help build back homes and neighborhoods. They are The Greater Houston Community Foundation and The United Way.

Himitsu will also be donating 10% of their profits (and will accept open donations) all week leading up to Sunday and Monday to Feeding Texas, a nonprofit that works with state and federal relief efforts and steps in during major disasters to help coordinate food efforts. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

809 Upshur Street, NW

Well this awesome!! If you told me in 2003…I’d have believed you!! Oh yeah. Check out the good word from Bon Appetit. Much love to my friends at Timber Pizza Co.:

“GO HERE: for blistered, bubbly, farmers’-market-produce-laden pizzas fresh from the ripping hot wood-burning oven. What began as a roving food truck is now a fixture of D.C.’s Petworth scene, with Argentine chef Daniela Moreira at the helm.”

828 Upshur Street, NW

And an equal Mazel to the fine folks at Himitsu:

“GO HERE: for an imaginative Japanese-inspired meal that isn’t preoccupied with tradition. Yes, there’s a solid selection of nigiri and sashimi for those who want to play it safe, but we recommend heading for more unfamiliar territory–like uni paired with Alabama white sauce.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm 2 Comments

inside 828 Upshur Street, NW via Himitsu

Short and sweet email from Himitsu:

“We are thrilled to announce that Himitsu will be opening tonight! Enjoy up to $800 in extra bonus credit when you purchase a gift card online!”

Their website notes:

“open tuesday thru saturday 5:00 PM until late night

​accepting parties of 4 and under to do our petite space”

by Prince Of Petworth October 3, 2016 at 11:40 am 11 Comments

828 Upshur Street, NW

Word is finally out on who’s taking over the Cappy’s Crabs space on Upshur – City Paper reports:

“While Japan will be the leading culinary influence for both the food and drinks, the restaurant is very much wrapped up in the personalities and viewpoints of its young, first-time restaurateurs. [Carlie Steiner and Kevin Tien] That’s why they’re dubbing it “New Japanese” cuisine because Tien, the executive chef, will punch up traditional Japanese preparations with Latin, Southeast Asian, and Korean flavors.

Himitsu will start by serving dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close. They will not take reservations. Instead, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Mid-October is the projected opening date.”

On Facebook they shared on Saturday:

“Gettin’ lit @himitsudc // see you in a few weeks!!”

Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

by Prince Of Petworth July 1, 2020 at 3:25 pm 0

828 Upshur Street, NW

Thanks to Ed for passing on the note from owner Carlie Steiner:

“Hey neighbors, I’m moving out of DC

I’m sure some may have heard that Pom Pom (once Himitsu) will not be reopening. We tried, but for many reasons, will not be able to open our doors again. Safety was always my number one priority, and even if we had the funds today, I still wouldn’t be okay putting my staff back to work in that capacity. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm 0

From a press release:

“I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Save DC Eats, a digital marketplace created to share culinary and hospitality experiences + offers that generate revenue for restaurants and bars now and can be redeemed once this crisis has passed.

The #SaveDCEats team is led by award-winning chef Christopher Morgan who was working on a fundraiser campaign when he was introduced to Anthony and David of #SavePhillyEats. Their missions and goals aligned and they decided to combine efforts to bring #SaveDCEats to life.

#SAVEDCEATS experiences will be added every day. Current offerings include: (more…)


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