The Needle: Central Michel Richard
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Central Michel Richard
Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-626-0015
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Oysters; “faux gras” terrine; Gruyère gougères; grilled cheese with a three-cheese béchamel for dipping; fried chicken; cheeseburger with cheddar and bacon; coconut Pavlova; hazelnut-backed riff o
Photograph by Allison Dinner.

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. 

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