Washington, DC


1625 First Street, NW at Florida Ave

Thanks to Jim for sending word: “I’ve been waiting for this news for a long time” Glassey’s Facebook now says:

“The long-awaited opening of Glassey is coming soon, stay tuned for the official announcement of the GRAND OPENING!! To help get the buzz started Glassey will be hosting a mini pop-up block party a few times a week for the next few weeks offering a sneak peek of our menu & each event will feature a certain dish on the menu. Stop by to get a taste of our exclusive dishes, try some cocktails, listen to some fun indian beats & get excited for the grand opening!!” Read More

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Burata – Punjabi style #comingsoon

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The former Elisir Italian Restaurant closed here in January 2014. We learned Punjab Grill was coming here almost exactly a year ago. And now the good word from Food & Wine:

“Over the last year, an American restaurant was built in India. Using methods that were passed down over generations, artisans hand carved a 40-foot, 12,000-pound swath of pink sandstone to adorn one wall. Read More

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3301-3305 12th Street, NE at Kearny via Masala Story

Masala Story tweeted the good news over the weekend:

“First of all we thank everyone for the support/patience and the time you all have waited to see this sign glow. We are excited to announce that we will be open for business Starting tomorrow Dec 31st 2017.”

Ed. Note: This was the once planned for location of a 2nd Indigo location. The early word on the Brookland Listserve is very good!

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Photo by REY LOPEZ

From a press release:

Highly anticipated ‘Fine Fast Casual’ Indian restaurant RASA (1247 First Street, SE) from the dynamic next generation DC-based hospitality duo Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 6th for lunch and dinner service. RASA will be open daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm.


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Check out the full RASA Final Menu December 2017 (PDF)

Located in the ground floor of the F1RST Residences within the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, RASA has been a culinary project in the making since co-founders Rahul and Sahil were attending high school in Montgomery County. The sons of celebrated hospitality veterans and longtime business partners Chef K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman of Indique and Bombay Bistro, Rahul and Sahil grew up in their family’s vibrant restaurants, and were quite literally born into the hospitality industry. Growing up in restaurants, they quickly realized that many people had preconceived notions about Indian cuisine, and at a young age began dreaming about ways to make the meals they grew up loving more accessible to a larger audience of diners. Read More

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3309 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From Bindaas:

“Opening Date: August 10, 2016

Hours of Operation: Dining Hours: Sunday, from 11 AM to 9 PM; Monday through Wednesday, from 5 PM to 10 PM, Thursday and Friday, 5 PM to 10:45 PM and Saturday, from 11 AM to 10:45 PM.

Bar Hours: Sunday, from 11 AM to 10 PM; Monday through Wednesday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Thursday and Friday, from 5 PM to 11:30 PM and Saturday, from 11 AM to 11:30 PM.

Owner: Ashok Bajaj
Group Executive Chef: Vikram Sunderam

Bindaas Menu (PDF)

Menu Description: Guests can anticipate savory snacks, kebabs, with vegetarian options as well as pork, fish, chicken and beef street food dishes that are easy on the wallet. Standout dishes include: Pathar Gosht, a lamb kebab cooked on a stone oven served over a bed of saffron rice with saffron and cashews, Uttapam, a fermented rice pancake with lentils and shrimp pepper; Bhel Puri, a Bombay seaside snack with raw mangoes, lentils, puffed rice which is sweet and savory, and a wrap, the Kati Roll with Goan Pork.

Wine List: Bindaas offers an international wine list with 60 wines by the bottle and 18 wines by the glass. A variety of Indian beers and whiskey selections will also be available, along with four signature cocktails and two mocktails reflecting the spirits and spices of India.

Capacity: 35 seats in the main dining room and nine seats at the bar. One can also book a reception in the upstairs dining room, which can accommodate up to 40 guests seated. A rooftop patio is also available from April to October (weather permitting), and can accommodate 20 guests seated.

Interior Design: James Beard Foundation’s award-nominated restaurant designer Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates of New York is the designer of record for Bindaas. The new interior incorporates new flooring, acoustical tiles, new furnishings and a new art installation mural of street food vendors along with graffiti one would find in India.

According to Martin Vahtra, Bindaas was created as a nod toward Indian street food and culture. The open kitchen has been transformed into a test kitchen for the chefs to create and delight customers with Indian everyday “delicacies” often unavailable in the US and cherished in Indian. Street food in particular does not always mean sitting down for a three-course meal but rather ordering many small dishes, a table full of food ideal for sharing. Casual dinners can be memorable especially when transported to a different country and culture. Food markets give one the smells, flavors and foods of a new place. They offer more authentic experiences than the tourist versions of local dishes in many restaurants. This is the intent of the open kitchen at Bindaas.

The first thing guests notice when they enter Bindaas is the “Indian silk teal” color on the exterior. It is designed with a warm and rich wood wall of rustic reclaimed beams, influenced by Indian screens and shutters. As one turns the corner, they are faced with a custom mural on the feature wall in the restaurant. This piece of art represents Indian graffiti and street life. Furthermore, the restaurant’s new fabrics and paint colors add a punch of jewel tone color to the space. To create soft mood lighting, new custom pendants are being added that are created from baskets, as a nod to the food markets of India. New bar top lights have been installed to create intimacy for the diner at the bar. The back bar has been redesigned with new display shelves to present an exciting layout and distinguish the new restaurant from its sister restaurant next door. The overall outcome is a new contemporary interior that evokes elements of Indian culture without being cliché.”

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Indique Dining Room
Dining Room at 3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW courtesy Indique

From a press release:

“Available beginning on Saturday July 30th, celebrated modern Indian restaurant Indique – known for its creative and contemporary Indian cuisine blending classic Indian flavors and ingredients with a contemporary twist – is launching their new weekend brunch service.

Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, devout brunch-goers in Washington DC will have the opportunity to enjoy Executive Chef K.N. Vinod’s new spice-infused weekend brunch at Indique in Cleveland Park. The notable modern Indian restaurant will offer a bottomless brunch option priced at $20 per person for brunch guests looking solely to indulge in unlimited savory dishes without all of the beverages. And brunch lovers looking to enjoy an endless stream of brunch beverages will have the option of indulging in either bottomless mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice for an additional $10 per person ($30 total), or bottomless cocktails for an additional $15 per person ($35 total).

Creative brunch fare features Indian-inspired classics with creative twists including a Breakfast Kathi Roll, Chicken Kabab Eggs Benedict, Appam Waffle Sundae, Shreekandh Parfait, and Masala Omelette, just to highlight a few. And for brunch beverages, guests can choose from a variety of boozy sips including a Mimosa with Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Tamarind Margarita, Indique Mary, or a Rum Lassi, amongst others.

In addition, to add an exciting visual and interactive culinary brunch component, the team at Indique will also be offering a street food-inspired dosa station where guests enjoying brunch will be able to watch live as a selection of dosas including a Cookie Butter Dosa, Vegetable Mini Dosa, Lamb Dosa, and Egg Dosa, are prepared fresh right in front of them. #DosasandMimosas is ready to make its debut in Washington DC’s bustling brunch scene! Read More

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