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EPICUREAN VEGETARIAN, SEPTEMBER’S GASTRONOMIC FINALE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM SUMMER PLATE SERIES AT NEW HEIGHTS RESTAURANT

The nostalgic Epicurean that you are, aroused by the sirens of Indian summer, lust for one final, sensual fling with the season’s food and drink before cooler autumn menus set in. July brought you New Height’s sumptuous suckling pig, August scrumptious grilled Maine lobster and now, for a last steamy tryst, you hanker for something earthy. Hanker no more. Enter New Height’s third in The American Dream Summer Plate series, September’s Epicurean Vegetarian 3- and 4-course cornucopia!

1st COURSE
HEIRLOOM CUCUMBER SALAD
Tatziki custard, dill and lemon

2nd COURSE
HOUSE-MADE FETTUCCINE
Roasted eggplant, tomato and parsley pesto

ENTRÉE
BUTTER POACHED LOBSTER MUSHROOM
Beluga lentils, roasted heirloom baby carrots, cauliflower florets, ginger

DESSERT
ZUCCHINI TORTE of cream cheese, pecans, ginger icing served with blackberry coulee and Meyer lemon sorbet

 


GAYOT SAYS "ADD A SWEET TOUCH...FOR WASHINGTONIANS FROM EVERY AGE GROUP"


New Heights’ kitchen has been revamped, now offering an array of small plates, appetizers, and entrées that might include pan-seared wahoo and Shenandoah rack of lamb. Meyer lemon panna cotta and chocolate sponge cake add a sweet touch. Patrons can opt for a casual experience by eating and drinking on the front patio. Upstairs, it's very chic: the extensive wine list, the stands of fresh flowers, and the for-sale artwork on its walls make this a sophisticated dining experience for Washingtonians from every age group. Also look out for the restaurant's Gin Joint that specializes in, well, gin cocktails.

http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/new-heights-washington-dc-20008_8dc9904.html

 


  28 AND STILL COOKIN'

28 Years! May 1, 1986, New Heights first broke bread with DC diners. 28 years later we're still smokin' as DC's vanguard of the Contemporary American Cuisine. Proud of our history, proud of our acheivements, proud of our pugilism and most of all proud of our community and friends. Thanking all of you! Here's to another 28!

 


  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!