Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5 to 10:30 PM; Friday 11:30 to 2:30 PM and 5 to 11 PM, Saturday 5 to 11 PM, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Rowdy
Oysters; mussel chowder; “faux gras” terrine; Gruyère gougères; corned-beef sandwich; grilled cheese with a three-cheese béchamel for dipping; fried chicken; cheeseburger with cheddar and bacon; macaroni and cheese; coconut Pavlova; hazelnut-backed riff o
Starters, $6 to $18, entrées $16 to $30.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Handpicked by Michel Richard to execute the master’s precise, inventive takes on French and American food, chef Cedric Maupillier is proving himself a hit maker: duck rillettes and “faux gras,” a silky pâté of chicken livers that mimics foie gras; baby Brussels sprouts that taste like they’ve been braised in butter; a brilliant cassoulet with garlicky house-made sausage and duck confit; and 72-hour short ribs that melt on the tongue.
This article appeared in the July, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.