The Needle: Corduroy
Comments () | Published September 24, 2009
Happy Hour 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Address: 1122 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-589-0699
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Kabocha-squash soup with cheese crisp; red-snapper bisque; duck-egg-and-leg salad; lamb loin with garlic crépinette and creamed spinach; Muscovy duck with fig sauce; chocolate tart with caramelized bananas; house-made ice creams.
Price Details: Expensive; entrées $20 to $32.

Tom Power’s quietly confident, free-of-flash cooking is as good as ever. Ribbons of pasta darkened with squid ink and graced with sweet lump crabmeat and a hint of butter made a dish as special as it was simple. Beautifully fried soft-shell crabs needed only a few drops of aged balsamic vinegar and a bed of wilted greens, and a pleasantly fatty Ivory King salmon was nearly upstaged by a warm, lemony potato salad. Prices have crept up, but a $55 three-course dinner menu feels like a relative bargain.


-August 2009 

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 09/24/2009 RSS | Print | Permalink | Restaurant Reviews