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by Prince Of Petworth June 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

1825 14th Street, NW

Masa 14 opened up back 2009 – go down memory lane here, many ups and downs.

Big news for 14th Street. Back in January we posted some scuttlebutt wondering if Masa 14’s days were numbered. We need wonder no more. The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday: “Atlanta’s Gypsy Kitchen restaurant to open in D.C.” Eater DC reported Masa 14’s closure would come “by the end of August.”

Gypsy Kitchen’s Atlanta website says:

“Our restaurant draws inspiration from the culinary riches of Spain – infused with Moroccan traditions from across the Gibraltar and Indian influences that travelled west along the same seas. Centuries of interplay between these food traditions and lands inspires our Iberian fusion plates. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2019 at 10:45 am 0

1825 14th Street, NW

Last month we posted that there was a “Rare opportunity to obtain a built out restaurant that grosses $1.5m year after year maintaining a consistent presence and menu.” in Logan Circle. Multiple readers report that it is likely Masa 14. Most recently:

“A bartender told me it is indeed Masa. Sale was supposed to be completed last week.”

Updates as we learn more.

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2015 at 10:22 pm 25 Comments

1825 14th Street, NW

Follow up to Friday’s Dress Code Discussion at Masa 14.

From Masa 14:

“We apologize for the confusion around the dress code requirement at Masa 14. There has never been a required dress code for any meal service at our restaurant. This includes brunch and dinner. We welcome our guests to dress comfortably and any dress code requirements may only be applicable to our late night hours of operations.

Most importantly, the language used within the sign does not represent or reflect upon the restaurant’s principles. Please know that the sign has been removed, and we apologize about any unintended harm that this has caused. We are upset about this misrepresentation and would like to reiterate that we are committed to our values of inclusiveness. We have taken corrective action and we hold ourselves to a higher standard than what was represented in this sign.

At Masa 14 we value every guest, and will see to it that we continue to be a welcomed member in the community.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm 52 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if any of your readers had experienced this at Masa 14 [1825 14th Street, NW].

Went for brunch, decided against the bottomless brunch, and received the bill on the left. “Sp” follows many of the food items. When I compared the bill to the menu, all of the items with “sp” had their prices inflated. Pointed it out to the server and she–while feigning an apology brought the second, correctly-priced bill.

Trying to rip off the customer? Not freaking cool, and totally unnecessary.

I wonder how many people have enjoyed the brunch and, after a few drinks, are actually tricked into paying the inflated prices.”

What do you guys think the “sp” could be? Dinner pricing? An honest mistake or something more intentional?

Update from Masa 14:

“At Masa 14, guests have 2 different options for brunch. They may order the All You Can Eat brunch special for $35, which includes unlimited small plates and free flowing beverages, or they may order individually priced items from the A La Carte menu.

When a staff member inputs the $35 all you can eat brunch special into the order system, they then order all the accompanying small plates that are requested by the guest with the abbreviation “sp” (which stands for special) linking these items to the brunch package.

The “sp” abbreviation has several effects. When rung up with the brunch special, it brings the cost of each small plate order to zero, allowing the guest to eat and drink as much as they desire without the check increasing. It also alerts the kitchen to the fact that this is an all you can eat small plate, allowing them to make the necessary adjustments to presentation, or timing, that is required.

The “sp” items, when not rang in accompaniment with the brunch special, default to a $10 price. This is programmed to alert a server that they are making a mistake and is never intended to be a price that is charged or presented on a receipt. If they ever see a $10 price on multiple menu items they realize either a)They forgot to ring in the $35 brunch special, and as a result may be overcharging the guest or b)They are accidentally ringing all you can eat food items when they should be ringing a la carte. This allows them to alert a manager, and make the necessary corrections before additional items are rang and/or a check is presented to the guest.

The majority of guests at Masa 14 order the all you can eat brunch special, and the “sp” programming is ultimately designed to protect the guest experience and prevent this type of occurrence.

In this particular case, despite the warnings presented as a result of the system, the check was accidentally presented to the guest. When the server was notified of the mishap, the check was then rung up correctly.

At Masa 14, we cherish the brunch experience and work tirelessly to ensure that every guest leaves having their expectations exceeded. We are extremely disappointed that, in this case, we failed to live up to those expectations.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 29, 2014 at 11:55 am 31 Comments

1825 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s lively neighborhood restaurant, Masa 14, located at 1825 14th Street, NW, 20009, is pleased to introduce sushi and Japanese-inspired dishes to its Latin-Asian inspired menu. Under the direction of newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Felipe Milanes, the new sushi options will debut on June 1, and will be available nightly throughout the restaurant in addition to the full la carte menu. Guests can look forward to Kimchee-Miso Soup with tamago, tofu, wakame, and gochujang; Spicy Tuna Nachos with won ton, cotija cheese, and salsa picante; Spicy Tuna Bakuchiku Roll with gobo, avocado, yuzu kosho, and sweet chile; Rainbow Tropico Roll with tuna, hamachi, salmon, avocado and a mango-papaya salsa; Seared Salmon Roll with avocado, crab stick, masago, tamago, and bonito flake; Scorpion Roll with prawn tempura, avocado, sesame-chipotle mayo, eel sauce and tobiko, as well as the Golden Eel Roll with tamago, avocado, cucumber and a maple- miso sauce. Prices range from $5 to $14 each.

Other new additions for summer on Chef Milanes’ a la carte menu include Korean Spiced White Tuna with beet glazed gnocchi, sweet pickled papaya and cotija cheese, Scallop Crudo with crispy prosciutto, sweet potato, black salt and pepper salsa; Salmon and Hamachi Ceviche with mango, orange, and a vincotto glaze; Korean Short Ribs with miso sweet potato purre, herbed pepper salad and sweet glaze; Shrimp Stuffed Salmon with ginger grilled bokchoy, wasabi potato purre and crispy piqo de gallo, as well as Pork Belly al Carbon with avocado purre, yucca al mojo, pickled fresno pepper and crispy parsley. Prices range from $9 to $14. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm 31 Comments

528 8th Street, SE

In early Aug. we learned that the former Jordan’s 8 space on Barracks Row would become a new Serbian restaurant from the owner of Masa 14. The Eastern Market Metro Community Association shares more info:

“The restaurant will serve Balkan cuisine, focusing on dishes from the owner’s native Serbia. The name “Ambar” refers to the bin where corn is stored after harvest in Serbia, and according to Iricanin, is part of every Serbian household.”

Check out a rendering of the space here.

They’ve also recently applied for a liquor license that says:

“New Restaurant, offering full dinner, Balkan-style cuisine. Entertainment Endorsement to include live acoustic music as well as DJs on some weekend nights. No designated dance floor.

Summer Garden with 40 seats and Sidewalk Café with 12 seats. Total occupancy load is 140 with 140 seats inside.

Stay tuned for a possible November opening.

by Prince Of Petworth August 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm 21 Comments

523 8th St, SE

From Washington Business Journal:

“Iricanin has signed a lease for 3,000 square feet at 523 Eighth St. SE. The restaurant’s name and chef are still to come, but it will serve food of his native Serbia and feature a 700-square-foot patio.”

Anyone familiar with Serbian food? WBJ says they should be open in late October or early November.

Masa 14 is located at 1825 14th St, NW.


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