Danny Meyer to Bring Original Restaurant Concept to D.C. in 2020
Listen up, D.C: In 2020, you can expect a new restaurant from Danny Meyer, as first reported by Eater. (And no, it won’t be Shake Shack). While talking with Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema, Meyer revealed that Union Square Hospitality Group (behind Manhatta, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, and more) will debut a new full-service restaurant and rooftop bar at the upcoming Thompson Hotel in D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood, also expected to open in 2020.
While there's not much information out about the restaurant, we do know that you shouldn't expect a carbon copy of any of USHG's New York restaurants. Meyer’s new project doesn’t have a name or chef yet, and a cuisine hasn't been identified; however, he did tell Sietsema that the dining room “won’t be French and it won’t be Indian," so that narrows it down...somewhat. There's even less info available about the rooftop bar, but, considering that the Thompson will be located on the Anacostia River, the views are sure to be spectacular. In the meantime, if you’re traveling in D.C. and looking for a place to eat, we have a full weekend guide to eating your way around the city, including everything from urban wineries to where you can get freshly made gelato.
The D.C. restaurant isn’t the only USHG venture on the lineup, either—New Yorkers can also expect a new restaurant at the upcoming Manhattan West development, located across the street from Hudson Yards, as previously reported by Food & Wine. As of December 2018, the restaurant wasn’t slated to open for “at least another year,” and there’s no word on the name or type of cuisine—stay tuned as more details become available. Meyer also opened Manhatta in New York last summer, which offers panoramic views of the city 60 stories up, and is connected to the Bay Room, a private event space also owned by USHG. Head there for three-course tasing menus, or grab fried chicken at the bar.