We received word yesterday (h/t ANC Commissioner Tony Goodman) that a rum distillery and tasting room has applied for a construction permit near Union Market. It will be going in at 1330 5th Street, NE–directly east and a little north of the existing Union Market building. As noted by Commissioner Goodman, Edens, the firm that owns Union Market and that has purchased many of the surrounding buildings, owns this building.
A restaurant called Seoul Spice is slated to move into 145 N Street, NE in NoMa’s Constitution Square development. This space had previously been leased to Kraze Burger, prior to that chain running into financial difficulties. The restaurant’s owners aren’t ready to divulge details yet, but we will share them as we get them.
IMM Thai (1360 H Street, NE) has applied for a liquor license (they currently cannot serve alcohol, see our review here). Of note on their liquor license, they have applied to allow live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, IMM now serves lunch during the week. We spoke with representatives at the restaurant, and they told us that they plan on offering delivery in the near future. Additionally, they are working on renovating the upstairs area. While the final plans are still up in the air, the second floor may have a bar and/or a sushi bar.
You will need to suspend your disbelief when you approach the front entrance at Masseria (1340 4th Street, NE) in the Union Market district. While the restaurant will one day be a neighbor to upscale apartments and retail, it is currently across the street from a wholesaler, next to an empty parking lot, and a half block down from a Motel 6.
But don’t let that scare you away! Once you enter Masseria’s front gate, you will completely forget the outside surroundings. Immediately upon walking in, you walk through a beautiful outdoor patio and lounge with couches and a floor that is covered in tile. Via a large bar, the patio gives way to the indoor dining space that features an open kitchen where you can watch your dinner being made. There are several seats at the kitchen bar that give you the best view.
Dinner starts with an amuse-bouche followed by a presentation of bread featuring fresh focaccia, miniature breadsticks formed into small rings, and a sundried tomato sauce. Masseria has a robust wine program as well as a large craft cocktail list (we tried a type of mojito that included beer in it…sounds strange but it worked).
The menu is a tasting menu (either three or six courses) where you can choose what you want from the menu. The menu is broken up by antipasti, pastas, fish/seafood, and meat (see sample menu above). On the pasta front, we tried the linguine with salami and a spicy XO sauce as well as the open faced ravioli with rock shrimp. Both were wonderful with the spicy XO sauce packing a real punch. From the seafood category, we tried the summer softshell crab dish featuring two halved crabs in a bed of summer corn. The soft shells were delicately sauteed and topped with basil blossoms, which added a strong basil flavor. The combination of the corn and the basil blossoms made it taste like pure summer. Continue reading
Maketto (1351 H Street, NE) has launched a loyalty/rewards program for its coffee service. After you buy 10 coffees, you will get one free. They are handing out punch-cards to everyone who purchases a coffee. As frequent patrons of Maketto, we plan on fully taking advantage.
6th and H Bar and Grill (523 H Street, NE) is tentatively planning its soft opening for lunchtime on Wednesday (July 8th). You can see our preview of the restaurant here. Initially, they will be serving breakfast and lunch during the week and brunch on the weekends. Dinner service will be added later.
Initial hours: 7 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday for breakfast and lunch; 10 am-3 pm for brunch on the weekends.
More details to come as we get them.
Masseria (1340 4th Street, NE) is nearing completion and could open in the coming weeks (see our preview here). We stopped by the Masseria drink pop-up that was held last week right outside of Union Market (there is another one tonight!) and learned that construction is almost complete. There are a few finishing touches that must be applied and some final permits that they need from the DC Government prior to opening. Once all of that is complete, they will train their staff and open up. We peaked at the construction a few days ago and noticed some beautiful tile work in the patio area of the restaurant. We were also quite excited to learn that the patio will have both heaters and cooling equipment to help make the patio usable almost the entire year.