1122 Ninth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM.

Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center

Price Range: Expensive

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.

Special Features: Valet Parking Available

The Needle: Corduroy

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