First Look Inside the New Cork Wine Bar & Market

The decade-old restaurant moves into new digs, plus an all-day cafe in the former market.
First Look Inside the New Cork Wine Bar & Market
Cork Wine Bar has new digs. Photography by Evy Mages.

Cork Wine Bar reopens in a new location tonight, and yes, you can still get the avocado bruschetta. The decade-old restaurant from couple Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts didn’t stray far: it relocated on the second floor of Cork Market, just a block away on 14th Street.

Duck confit with wild rice and farro salad, pickled blueberries, and Peruvian peppers.

The restaurant retains the same size (around 60 seats) and same old-world wine list. Chef Jason Schreuder continues to serve up seasonal small plates, including lemon and black pepper-dusted calamari and rock shrimp as well as duck confit with wild rice and pickled blueberries. Among the new additions to the menu: lavender-encrusted lamb chops with citrus-glazed zucchini and grilled blood orange.

Lavender-encrusted lamb chops with citrus-glazed zucchine and grilled blood orange

The new space includes a 30-seat private dining room with a wine cellar wall, where Gross and Pitts will continue hosting tastings and winemaker dinners.

Cork market has added a casual cafe downstairs.

The downstairs of the market has also undergone a major transformation. Yes, you can still buy gourmet pantry items, bottles of wines, and cheese, but now, there’s also a casual 30-seat cafe and 15-seat bar. Market chef Ian Morrison has a new menu of soups, salads, sandwiches. We’re already eyeing the pork belly banh mi. For something heartier, an all-day menu will include fried chicken, a burger, and pesto pasta.

Pork belly banh mi

If you just want something simple to go with a glass of wine, you’ll find snackier foods like smoked fried cauliflower with za’atar yogurt dipping sauce or oil-cured tomatoes and goat cheese on grilled bread.

Oil-cured tomatoes and goat cheese on grilled bread

An in-house cheesemonger will curate cheese and charcuterie plates. The “market tasting bar” opens for dinner tonight, while lunch and the market will launch on Saturday.

Vintners plate with artisanal cheese, charcuterie, and housemade pickles.

For dessert, there’s apple pie and red velvet cake.

Still to come: a greenery-filled patio out back and wine made on-site. The restaurant plans to use Virginia-grown grapes for a house rosé that will be available on draft in 2018.

Cork Wine Bar & Market. 1805 14th St., NW. 202-265-2675.

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.