The invasion of Manhattan restaurants continues in DC, and the latest addition to the list is a doozy: David Chang has announced that he will be opening a spinoff of his infamously delicious Momofuku Noodle Bar in City Center. Directly across from Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro. Between the high-rise design, sky-high pricing, and this obvious trend amongst its retail tenants, perhaps they should just go ahead and rename City Center “Little Manhattan?”
Whatevs. I’m pumped. Not only because Momofuku is SO tasty, but also because Chang followed up this announcement with a tweet that Momofuku Milk Bar will be coming to town as well! My sweet tooth just skipped a beat.
I’m fairly certain the place will be packed to the gills for weeks, if not months, after opening. Then again, he has 4500 SF to fill, so perhaps he will actually be able to squeeze in enough seating to avoid the epic waits his LES outpost still commands. Here’s hoping.
City Center is getting super close to delivery! I took a walking tour of the site yesterday and am amazed at how they’ve transformed what was once a giant, nonsensical parking space in the middle of the city. A mix of residences, retail, and office space, the complex is the height of luxury. High-tech touches like the interactive touchscreen directories and the large, ever-changing digital art archway bring the complex into the 21st century.
The office space will be occupied by Covington & Burling (one of the area’s largest corporate law firms) and the American Hospital Association’s lobbying arm. Retailers will all be on the higher end, and will include names like Kate Spade and Hugo Boss. Expect a number of great dining options as well, like Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro and Magnolia Bakery veteran Meredith Tomason’sRareSweets bakeshop. Residences are mixed between rentals and condos, and there are still about 30% of the condos available for sale. Want to learn more? Email me!
Water features and dancing fountains spring from the ground in the complex’s central plaza area, which will be surrounded by patio seating for the restaurants.
Interior shots of one of the restaurant spaces. The wall of windows opens up accordion-style when weather permits, and the high ceilings and huge picture windows flood the place with light.
This two-story black archway is actually a giant digital screen that will be constantly streaming “digital art installations.” No advertising allowed. The goal is for this to be the iconic spot in the complex – this is where you’ll want to take that group photo so everyone will know you’ve been to City Center DC.