Central Michel Richard
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published March 18, 2009
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Central Michel Richard
Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-626-0015
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes House-made, nonalcoholic fruit sodas; duck rillettes and “faux gras” terrine; burrata with basil oil and roasted cherry tomatoes; tagliatelle Bolognese; cassoulet; Brussels sprouts with bacon; pearl-pasta risotto with mushrooms; house-made corned-beef san
Price Details: Starters, $6 to $18, entrées $16 to $30.

The bar and lounge at this modern French bistro is people-watching heaven. On weekdays expect senators, on weekends fashionistas. Inventive cocktails ($11 to $14) change with the season and often include little-known ingredients. It would be wrong not to indulge in a couple of Michel Richard’s appetizers, including the gougères ($7), one-bite wonders that give new meaning to “cheese puffs.” Or order the platter of duck rillettes and “faux gras” terrine ($15), two spreadable, French charcuterie options.

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