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by Prince Of Petworth November 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm 13 Comments

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Speaking of new restaurants I’ve been wondering if anyone had the chance to check out the recently opened Masa 14 located at 1825 14th St, NW. Their Web site says:

“Chef Richard Sandoval, who brought us his marriage of Latin-Asian flavors, Zengo has partnered with Chef Kazuhiro “Kaz” Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro to bring us Masa 14 – a new joint concept serving Latin and Asian small plates. The 5,000 square foot restaurant is slated to open mid-September this year just north of Logan Circle located at 1825 14th Street, NW.

The new concept will have capacity for 240 guests and features a spacious 100-seat dining room, plus a private dining room which can accommodate parties of 18.

In addition, Masa 14 will house one of the largest bars in the DC area with a whopping 65 foot long – 74-seat bar/lounge which is divided into three sections featuring selections of tequila, sake, beer, wine and cocktails. In addition, guests can view the open kitchen complete with a wood-fired brick oven which will be most utilized after midnight for Masa 14’s late night menu.”

You can see their menu here. Any early word yet?

by Prince Of Petworth December 19, 2019 at 10:22 pm 0

Folks open, folks close – it is the cycle of industry life but it can still sting nonetheless. With a tear in my beer here are the 2019 closures:

The Red Boat, Tom’s Chinese Laundry, District Hardware and Bike, Arqa Lebanese Fusion, Leziz, D.C. Cafe, Rosemarys Thyme Bistro, Corridor Coffee, The Outsider, The Pitch Tavern, Eat First, Wok and Roll (Adams Morgan), Maison Kayser(s), North Sea Restaurant, Via Gypset, Z Burger (Columbia Heights), The Bike Rack (Brookland and Logan), Fox Loves Taco, Hikari Sushi, Scotts DC, Southern Hospitality, Adams Morgan Cafe, Ray’s Hell Burger, Gallery 2000 Art & Framing, Arepa House, The Little Beet, Epic Philly Steaks, La Loma, Alba Osteria, Pennsylvania 6, Honeysuckle, Steam Cafe, Pizzeria Vetri, Caribbean Citations, Red Ginger, Sally’s Middle Name (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2019 at 10:22 pm 0


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Here are the previous best/let’s do this lists for – Carryouts, best Thai, best liquor stores, best Ramen, best Bars, best Indian and Pakistani, best Italian/Pizza/Deli, best Mexican/Salvadoran/Central/Cuban/Latin, best burgers/fries, best bakery/bagels, best Gyms, best Ethiopian , best Sushi, best bookstores, best movie theaters, best sports bars, and best barbers and hair salons.

Today’s query is a reader request. With the coming closure of Masa 14 in August – where are your favorite brunch spots these days!

Ed. Note: This was also a reader requested query back in 2013 – you can see those recs here.

by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0


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Thanks to all for messaging us on the latest dress code controversy at the Del Frisco’s in City Center:

I’m curious to know where folks draw the line – don’t many high end restaurants have dress codes? Obviously these codes need to be enforced universally. Or with fashion trends the way they are, have dress codes in general become antiquated and/or at the very least fraught? Do you know of other steak houses/restaurants that have dress codes in D.C.?

Ed. Note: We spoke about Masa 14’s dress code controversy here and Heaven & Hell still has a no Timberland Boots policy.

by Prince Of Petworth February 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Caroline Angelo

TUESDAY, FEB. 20

YAPPY HOUR: It’s like the Bachelorette – except with puppies. At Wunder Garten’s Bachelorettes & Brews Yappy Hour, the single will mingle over drinks and appetizers while Lucky Dog Animal Rescue shows off some of its cuddliest pups. All the dogs are available for adoption, and ticket proceeds go to the rescue shelter. (Wunder Garten, 6 – 9 p.m., $28)

THE IDIOT New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman will be at Kramerbooks to discuss her book, The Idiot (not the Dostoyevsky one). It follows the story of Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, as she starts at Harvard in the middle of the 90s. It’s a coming-of-age novel that examines young adulthood with wit and a sharp eye. (Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

VINO DINNER: Philip Mazzei was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson’s, and helped plant the first vineyards at Monticello. Tonight, discuss Mazzei with one of his direct descendants, Giovanni Mazzei, at a multi-course dinner in Plume’s private wine cellar. The dishes will be created by the restaurant’s chef, and each will be paired with a wine from the Mazzei estate in Tuscany. (Plume, 6:30 p.m., $175)

MORE: Smooth Whisky, Strong Women (The Watergate Hotel, 7 – 10 p.m., FREE), Art You Can Eat (Colada Shop, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $75), Washington Capitals v. Tampa Bay Lightning (Capital One Arena, 7 p.m., $22 – $371)

Photo by Ted Eytan

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

CO-WORK IT OUT: Co-working space MakeOffices is opening in The Wharf, and to celebrate, the spot is hosting a day of events with Brightest Young Things. Stop by for juice and coffee from JRINK before settling in for panels on opening a physical retail location, making a living as a creative, and social media marketing. In between, network and refresh with a happy hour and food from CAVA. (MakeOffice at The Wharf, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., FREE, registration required)

PAST IN ART: Check out local artist Lisa Noble’s installation at a reception tonight. Hosted by Monochrome Collective, the artist presents a series of spaces mirrored after interiors from her past. It’s a reflection on the power of memory and its reinterpretation through art. (The Lemon Collective, 5 – 7:30 p.m., FREE) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0


1819 14th Street, NW

Thanks to all who messaged me about The Root’s Washington, DC’s El Centro D.F. Restaurant Removes ‘No Sneaker’ Policy, Fires Racist Bouncer After Black Man Is Denied Entry:

“Days after a black man, Brian Gordon, was denied entry to Richard Sandoval’s El Centro D.F. restaurant in Washington, D.C., because he was wearing sneakers, even though white patrons wearing sneakers were allowed entry, Ayyaz Rashid, managing partner of the Sandoval Restaurant Group, informed The Root that the bouncer who denied Gordon entry has been fired. In addition to firing the racist bouncer, the restaurant has removed its “no sneaker” policy.”

Read the full report here.

Ed. Note: We previously spoke about a similar dress code policy at another Richard Sandoval restaurant, Masa 14, back in March 2015.

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