100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Blue Duck Tavern

No. 7 on this year's list.
The sweetbreads appetizer at Blue Duck Tavern. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The Park Hyatt hotel might be as sharp-angled and modern as minimalist spaces come, but step into its restaurant and you’re immersed in a world of spindly Windsor chairs, cooling apple pies, and antique patchwork quilts. From the showpiece of a kitchen—tricked out with a wood-burning oven and a blue Molteni range—chef Sebastien Archambault works wonders with farm-stand bounty, fashioning Chesapeake crab into lemony, caper-studded cakes and shaving raw Path Valley Brussels sprouts into a cider-spiked salad. Pastry talent Naomi Gallego is a new arrival, and she has already spiffed up the menu with milk-chocolate s’mores and a cinnamony panna cotta dessert that’s a riff on a bowl of cereal. 

Open: Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. 

Don’t miss: Roasted bone marrow; roasted quail over cornbread; suckling pig with pork jus; seared scallops with stewed tomatoes and pickled okra; farro salad with dried fruit; roasted cauliflower with cheddar fondue; grits with Gouda; sugar cookies; apple pie; seasonal ice creams.

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