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Take a Look Inside 14th Street’s Striking New Addition: Provision No. 14 (Photos, Menu)

Shareable suckling pig platters, wine bottle-size cocktails, and a spacious patio.
Take a Look Inside 14th Street’s Striking New Addition: Provision No. 14 (Photos, Menu)
Provision No. 14 serves communal dishes and shareable cocktail in an eclectic two-story space on 14th Street. Photography by Jeff Elkins.

The idea of share plates on 14th Street may seem a little tired, but there’s nothing ho-hum about Provision No. 14. The striking new eatery at 14th and V Streets, Northwest officially opened Wednesday with an eclectic menu—Filipino pork, house-made pastas—shareable cocktails served in French press coffeemakers, and a bold look from Swatchroom’s Maggie O’Neill.

A lineup of small dishes can be combined for a meal, or act as appetizers with larger share platters.

Executive chef James Duke and chef de cuisine John Leavitt most recently came from opening the Atlas District’s Driftwood Kitchen, and also share a background working in fine dining spots like 1789 (Duke) and 2941 (Leavitt). The menu is made up of an international array of communal dishes, both large and small. Guests can graze from the “collection” side of the list, which includes a number of elevated riffs on pub food like a Hot Pocket (braised lamb stuffed inside a sweet roll) and Hens in a Blanket, pheasant sausage rolled in puff pastry.

Miso-braised lamb ribs are among the larger options, which can be washed down with a shareable cocktail poured from a wine bottle.

Smaller plates and house-made pastas can also round out larger dishes from the “communal” section, where portions serve two-to-four guests. Lamb ribs are marinated overnight in miso and beer, braised for seven hours, and served on a platter with golden raisin-studded couscous and cucumber salad with Thai chilies. Such a big plate of food may call for a similarly-sized cocktail. Barman Chad Spangler designed a menu of sips such as the Pisco Rambler, a mix of Macchu pisco, mint, fresh juices, and chamomile tea, all served in a wine bottle. Another gin-based drink arrives in a French press.

Each floor boasts a bar, including this one off the main dining room and a lounge above.

Like certain dishes, Provision’s space is sizable. A sidewalk-level bar and dining room fits 86, while a lounge/bar on the second floor can seat nearly the same. A 61-seat sidewalk patio is open for diners and drinkers in warm weather. O’Neill channeled the provisioning theme for all, with hanging jute lanterns, bar stools fashioned out of metal oil drums, and Victorian-style couches.

Dinner can be eaten in a 57-seat dining area, or on the equally spacious patio in warm weather.

The pièce de résistance among the edibles is the pata, a Filipino-inspired pork dish; Leavitt has family from the Philippines, and riffed off the traditional pata made with trotters. The hind legs of a suckling pig are given a length brine, braise, and then hung overnight to dry so the skin crisps up when fried-to-order. The pork arrives with banana barbecue sauce, chili-vinegar, cilantro aoili, and rustic bread for dipping and/or making sandwiches. There’s a limited number of portions on hand, or guests can pre-order. Prepare to pay. The dish goes for market price, which the chefs say hover around $65, though keep in mind the cost can be shared, like the plate itself.

Pastas like these conchinglie noodles are made in-house, here made into fancy mac n’ cheese with caramelized onions and roasted mushrooms.

Reservations are accepted for all dining, not just for a pata feast. The kitchen also plans to roll out brunch in a few weeks. In the meantime, there’s always that boozy French press for a wakeup.

Provision No. 14. 2100 14th St., NW; 202-827-4530. Open daily for dinner, 4 to 10.

Drink gin cocktails poured out of a French press coffeemaker in the second floor lounge/bar.
The eclectic decor from Swatchroom takes cues from the provisioning theme.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.