1521 17th Street, NW
The liquor license placard for Astoria says:
“New Class “C” Restaurant serving Asian dumplings and a specialty cocktail menu. Total Occupancy Load of 99. Sidewalk Cafe with 25 seats.”
This is the long vacant space located between the recently closed Pasha (possibly an Agora expansion) and JR’s. Updates as Astoria gets closer to opening.
Had a Gilt City voucher for brunch at the Brighton (more on that later), so we ordered a carafe of mimosas and two entrees. The English breakfast was okay, a bit flavorless, and only had two pieces of mushrooms (not even a whole mushroom) even though it is one of the several main components of the dish. The salmon bagel seemed okay as well, but nothing on the menu jumped out at us, so we played it safe. The 1-liter carafe of mimosas seemed to be 90% orange juice and hardly any bubbly at all. For $27, that’s ripoff territory.
Our server, Lyndsay, was wonderful and warm and treated us well. The management needs a bit of work though. Our Gilt City voucher had expired two days earlier, but, as various laws and rules dictate and as written in the fine print (confirmed to me by Gilt themselves), the Vendor (i.e. the restaurant) is obligated to honor the face value of the voucher ($40 in this case) as part of the payment for the bill. First level manager brought it to the second level manager, and finally to a third manager who tried to tell us that we were wrong, Gilt is wrong, and they would not have anything to do with the voucher. Basically told us to pay the full bill and try to get our money back from Gilt themselves.
Besides being wrong and in violation of Gilt’s terms, the final manager was abrupt and unhelpful, bordering on rude. Lucky for us, Gilt did apologize to us for the incident and gave us a refund for the voucher. Plus, we never need to set foot in the Brighton ever again — Mediocre food I can forgive, but price gouging and bad management I cannot.
Leaving the restaurant stone-sober (but with lots of Vitamin C!), we headed over to the Kirwan for a pint and to check it out for future reference. (more…)
Thanks to James for sending for sending word on D.C.’s newest Chick Fil A.
I’m excited to let you know about an update to the campaign to get meal delivery apps to service east of the river communities: Postmates has expanded its delivery zone to serve the entire District! Latoya is now turning her focus to getting the attention of DoorDash and Caviar, so she’s organizing a “Day of Action for Equal Service” this Friday, 4/27. She’s asking people to join the Facebook Event to stay updated on what this coordinated action will be. “
10th and Franklin St, NE. Photos by kelly bell photography
Brookland/Edgewood’s “new communal kitchen and gourmet food hall with its own bar”, Tastemakers, is now open!
Their website says:
“Our vision is to build what food startups like ours need: a well-run commercial kitchen in which members can work without breaking the bank. The back of the house is bustling with the rising stars who drive the DC culinary scene.
The front of the house will feature a gourmet food hall and market highlighting our city’s great small and mid-sized food startups. (more…)
Photo by flickr user Leeann Cafferata
From a press release:
“José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup is proud to announce a partnership with the popular Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, to be the featured onsite restaurant at Wolf Trap National Park. At OVATIONS by America Eats, guests attending performances at the Filene Center will be able to enjoy Chef José Andrés’ take on American classics and dine al fresco pre-show, or have the option to choose from a selection of prepared picnics. OVATIONS by America Eats will be located in the Wolf Trap National Park located at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA. (more…)
1720 14th Street, NW (right side of photo next to Peregrine)
“New Restaurant serving a seasonally-focused menu, five types of meatballs, selection of sauces, veggie sides and handmade ice cream sandwiches. Live Entertainment will be provided only for special events. Total Occupancy Load of 80 with seating for 74. Sidewalk Café with 8 seats.”
Check out The Meatball Shop’s NYC menus here.
From an email:
“Cafe Pirqa, a Peruvian fast casual food company based in Washington, DC and operating out of Union Kitchen has opened a pop up shop at Peregrine Espresso. They will be serving fresh empanadas and Peruvian desserts after the coffee shop closes every Thursday–Saturday in the months of April and May.
1718 14th Street, NW