News for Restaurants in Washington DC
Contrary to rumors, we are happy to report that Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, DC, one of our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. for five years in a row, will not be closing or relocating. The industrious Richard indeed has ideas for opening another restaurant, one of them being a burger joint, in the metro area, but the concept will be dependent on the type of space he finds for his new venture. As soon as we hear more, we will let you know. Michel Richard Citronelle, Latham Hotel, 3000 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-625-2150.
Until April 26, José Andrés and the culinary team at Zaytinya will celebrate Greek Easter with a festival showcasing dishes specially crafted by chef Mike Isabella. Patrons can toast the holiday at a special Chef's Wine Dinner on April 22, featuring wines from Dionysos Imports paired with chef Isabella's menu. During Zaytinya's Greek Easter Festival, chef Isabella will offer holiday menu items such as a whole spring lamb carved tableside with oregano potato and latholemono. The Greek Easter menu will also feature rarer traditional treats. These Greek Easter specials will be priced from $9-$12. Two specialty cocktails in honor of Greek Easter will also be featured throughout the festival and priced at $10, such as the Thalia: Goddess of Good Cheer, combining grape vodka, lime syrup and lemoncello with a sour cherry reduction. Zaytinya Easter, Edison Place, 701 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-638-0800.
Bastille is offering guests a new bar-only menu, ideal for those seeking a light, inexpensive meal on a warm spring evening. Chef-owner Christophe Poteaux offers this new menu that includes all of the regular dinner menu's appetizers, salads and desserts, as well as small plate versions of dining room favorites. Bastille's bar-only menu is available every evening from Tuesday through Saturday. Additionally, Bastille plans to take patrons across the Atlantic with their new spring menu, featuring such French fare as chilled asparagus and crème fraîche soup, "lapin aux cerises" (braised rabbit leg and seared tenderloin) and orange polenta cake with poached rhubarb and strawberries. Other French sweets include warm mango tatin with Muscat Beaume de Venise sabayon, the Valrhona double chocolate truffle cake drizzled with chocolate sauce, and an olive oil cake with white chocolate, candied olives and oranges. Bastille, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-3776.
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