Union Market’s Culinary Renaissance Spreads Into Neighborhood
Union Market-one of the most well known gourmet food halls in the region- fueled a culinary renaissance in the once warehouse-only-neighborhood bordering Gallaudet University in Northeast DC when it opened its doors in 2012.
The pioneers behind the Michelin-starred Masseria and the original Cotton & Reed distillery may have been the first to capitalize on the hall’s success in driving new customers to the area, but they certainly were not the last. Check out these brand-new spots nearby. You won’t even need to move your car!
St. Anselm, 1250 Fifth St. NE
Restaurateurs Stephen Starr (Le Diplomate) and Joe Carroll brought the Brooklyn based rustic tavern concept to the area, but their result transcends the stereotype thanks to the unique cooking of executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Smoked & Stacked). According to their website, grilled meats and especially the steak, are their specialty.
The Eleanor, 100 Florida Ave. NE
The upscale bowling lounge with craft cocktails and eclectic eats is definitely a thing these days. The Eleanor is the newest venue where locals can sample local oysters and drink some bubbly in between to strikes. They’re open for brunch too.
The O-Ku, 1274 Fifth St. NE
Japanese whiskey anyone? This high-scale chain boasts myriad different offerings at it newest location in the Union Market Corridor. The main-level sushi bar works beautifully for a cozy date night or a sophisticated client dinner. Check out the rooftop bar with full menu, open Tuesday-Saturday.
Shouk, 395 Morse St. NE
DC’s 2016 Fast Casual of the Year, Shouk, brings modern Israeli street food to the neighborhood. It’s affordable, delicious, and quick. Not sure what to order? Look no further than Shouk Burger.
Blue Bottle Coffee, 1250 4th St. NE
The super famous Blue Bottle Coffee has made its newest location in DC its central hub because of the location’s scrappy similarities to its original downtown Oakland location. Their cold brew is fantastic.
Union District Oyster Bar and Lounge, 501 Morse St. NE
Pizza, Oysters, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Games, Craft Cocktails, Beers- this place has it all, and plenty of parking to top it off. It’s open Mondays too which is an added bonus.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for more updates and restaurant reviews.