Much has changed in Washington’s dining scene in the past year, with a bounty of restaurant openings as well as notable closings like Palena. Add another big departure to the list: CityZen, which serves its last round of Parker House rolls on Saturday.
Chef Eric Ziebold is moving on to open his own restaurant in Mount Vernon Triangle after a decade with the Mandarin Oriental restaurant. Instead of replacing the toque, who arrived in Washington by way of the renowned French Laundry, the hotel decided to close the tasting room; the casual Muze and Empress Lounge will remain open.
Reservations for the restaurant are fully booked, as expected. If you’re late to the game and want a final meal there, try the first come, first served bar, which offers a three-course version of the dining room’s luxurious tasting for $50. The first seating is at 5:30 and the last 9:30.
Stay tuned for more details on Ziebold’s next venture as they become available.