Great New Restaurants 2010: Masa 14
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
Masa 14
Address: 1825 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-328-1414
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: South American, Tapas/Small Plates, Sushi, Japanese
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 2 AM, Friday 5 PM to 3 AM, Saturday 11 to 3 (brunch) and 5 to 3 AM, Sunday 11 to 3 (brunch) and 5 to 2 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Teriyaki chicken wings; Wagyu brisket; pork-belly tacos; bulgogi sopes; Peking-duck flatbread; grilled baby octopus; crunchy shrimp; fried oysters; mango panna cotta; cocktail of Dos Equis with elderflower liqueur; mojito.
Price Details: Small plates, $6 to $13.

Beef tataki and chimichurri meet head-on at this place conceived by Mexican chef Richard Sandoval (Zengo, La Sandía) and Japanese sushi king Kaz Okochi (Kaz Sushi Bistro). Fusion can be tricky, but the kitchen here pulls it off in dishes such as masa sopes topped with skirt-steak bulgogi, Peking-duck flatbread with cotija cheese, and fried shrimp with chipotle aïoli and masago. The bar/lounge sees lots of action—it’s not unusual for all 50 seats to be taken. Beyond the 120 tequilas, there are easy-drinking cocktails including a mojito with brown sugar and dark rum as well as a take on a shandy made with Dos Equis and elderflower liqueur. And you’ll soon be able to enjoy them on a new rooftop deck.

Don’t miss: Grilled octopus with chimichurri; panko-crusted calamari; meatballs with smoked-tomato/yuzu sauce; steamed buns with pork belly.

For a full review of Masa 14, click here.

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