Owen Thomson—the bar manager at this new Bryan Voltaggio spot who formerly helmed the drinks programs at José Andrés’s restaurants—takes advantage of a seriously tricked-out kitchen to concoct ingredients for brilliant original cocktails such as the ethereal gin-based East Sea and the Vegan Sacrifice, a spicy Scotch drink chilled with a veal-stock ice cube. Insider tip: Drink nerds will want to forgo the dining room and grab a stool at the marble bar, but they shouldn’t miss cocktail-friendly “small plates” (they’re huge), including duck galantine and uni-topped kimchee linguine. Open daily.
Great Bars 2013: Range
Comments () | Published March 18, 2013
Address: 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 201, Washington, DC 20015
Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
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Best Dishes Oysters from the raw bar; bread basket; beet salad; kale Caesar salad; goat-cheese ravioli; kimchee linguine with scallops; lobster macaroni; oven-roasted lobster; pizza with goat’s-milk ricotta, Meyer lemon, and arugula; pan-roasted chicken; fried Brussels sprouts; roasted sunchokes; cauliflower with raisins; salted-caramel bonbons.
Price Details: Salads and charcuterie $7 to $21, pastas and pizza $9 to $16, meat and seafood $12 to $65.