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HANKERING FOR THE WILD

Reprising the 3 and 4-course tasting dinners so popular in 2014 is a no-brainer in the New Year. The 2015 Winter Tasting Menu dedicates itself to the tastes of wild game, notably in Chef Nishikawa's scope is the classic quarry: venison, duck and bison with a sassy gingerbread cake and honeycomb ice cream to finish the palate afterwards. Delicious, modern treatments of traditional winter dishes this January and February.

January | February Tasting Menu
(except for Valentine's Day, February 14)


First Course


Venison Carpaccio
Arugula, lemon, parmigiano reggiano

2011 Jada “88”, Paso Robles, CA

Second Course (with 4-course preference)

House-made Fettuccine
Duck confit, celeriac, chestnuts

2010 Syrah, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, FRA

Entrée


Grilled Bison Hanger Steak
Smoked fingerling potato, broccoli rabe, black pepper


2009 Tempranillo-Graciano, Lorinon, Reserva, Rioja, SPA

Dessert


Gingerbread Cake
Candied blood orange, honeycomb ice cream


2011 Chateau De Caladroy, Muscat de Rivesaltes, FRA

 

Three courses $40 | Four courses $48


Optional wine pairing $27 | $35 respectively

Reservations 
Online or 202-234-4110

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  WORDS TO DINE BY

"A lot of restaurant-goers chase the new at the expense of the old, sometimes for no other reason than bragging rights on Yelp. I was reminded of the folly of that strategy after dropping by New Heights (2317 Calvert St. NW; 202-234-4110) in Woodley Park recently."

Tom Sietsema
Food Critic
The Washington Post
Dedicate yourself to being a better diner in 2014
December, 2013

 


THE GIN JOINT AT NH IS ONE OF DC'S 75 GREAT BARS

Back in March 2013, the Washingtonian placed New Heights' bar (a.k.a. the Gin Joint) on its list of 75 Great Bars in DC. Proud we stand. Proud to serve.

 


A GIN STORY THAT'S SO GOOD IT CAN ONLY BE TRUE!

This Gin yarn comes to us from a customer, Johnny Foster, who was dining one night at NH's Babinga Bar cum Gin Joint.  Johnny was chasing the small plates down with a sampler of gins. Wouldn't you know that it turns out Johnny is himself a West Virginia Gin Distiller, the maker of Smooth Ambler Greenbriar Gin.  Johnny asks us, "You know what GIN stands for, don't ya?" "Tell us," we egg him on.  "Well, my grandmother, Louise Lear, who is now 101 years old, says when she and her girlfriends were young and out on the town, they liked to turn the phrase you are what you eat  into you are what you drink. And that's why they would only drink gin, G-I-N. 'cause that's what they were, Girls-In-Need."

True story.  

Many thanks to Johnny Foster for giving the BUZZ permission to print this anecdote!  It's only fair that the Gin Joint plug Smooth Ambler Greenbriar Gin!

 


OVERHEARD

Did you read the quote on the Bar page about the Babinga Bar? It's true. She actually said that. Honest to Pete!