100 Best Restaurants 2009: Cafe Du Parc
No. 32: Cafe Du Parc
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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Cafe Du Parc
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-942-7000
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Steak tartare with a raw quail egg; pâté en croûte; pot of mussels; crisped pork belly; roast chicken; mille-feuille.
Price Details: Starters $5.95 to $12.95, main courses $16.95 to $23.95.

Cuisine: French bistro cooking full of technical rigor and subtle artistry. Pulling the strings, mostly from afar, is consulting chef Antoine Westermann, who earned three Michelin stars for his Strasbourg restaurant and also runs two superlative Paris cafes.

Mood: Depends where you’re sitting. Under the umbrellas on the outside patio, it’s the epitome of cafe society. The upstairs dining room lacks charm. A seat at the downstairs bar splits the difference and is the best bet in cold weather.

Best for: Satisfying longings for Paris without getting on a jet.

Best dishes: The area’s best mussels; classic steak tartare; masterful pâté en croûte, the terrine of veal, pork, and foie gras cooked with wine and Armagnac and swaddled in crispy pastry; roast chicken in its natural juices; a square of pork belly, expertly rendered; old-school renditions of profiteroles and mille-feuille.

Insider tips: The cafe serves breakfast, making it a destination for power diners—the White House is two blocks away.

Service: ••½

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expensive.

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