100 Best Restaurants 2009: Cork
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Cork
Address: 1720 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-265-2675
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 5 PM to midnight; Thursday through Saturday 5 PM to 1 AM; Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM. Closed Monday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Braised mustard greens with pork tenderloin; roasted Brussels sprouts; croque madame; a stew of chickpeas with saffron; French fries with house-made ketchup; crustless goat-cheese-cake quenelles.
Price Details: Small plates, $5 to $15.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Happy Hour Details:
5 to 7 PM
Happy Hour Days:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Cuisine: A perfect rendition of a Spanish wine bar/tapas spot but with a French accent on the wine list and a Mediterranean flair on the menu. Like several other wine bars, it can be overly cautious with seasoning.

Mood: An evening at Cork, in a vintage rowhouse with a tin ceiling, sometimes feels like an old-fashioned cocktail party with the hosts pouring wine, servers passing hors d’ouevres, classic hits on the sound system—and an escalating volume. A lovely little back dining room looks into the kitchen; a sunken wine room allows for a mini-mezzanine as well.

Best for: Early nibbling; curious wine buffs; pre- or posttheater fare.

Best dishes: Grilled bread with oil-cured tomatoes and goat cheese or avocados and pistachio oil; Pernod-braised lamb shank with seasonal beans; roast chicken with prunes and preserved lemon and olives; a sort of brioche croque monsieur with fontina and prosciutto.

Insider tips: The bar staff and owners give better wine info than some of the servers. The back room is the quietest.

Service: ••

Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Moderate.

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