May 25, 2024


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A Stylish French Restaurant Rises Inside Dupont’s St. Gregory Resort

A Stylish French Restaurant Rises Inside Dupont’s St. Gregory Resort

The St. Gregory Resort is now house to a chic European bistro helmed by an Oval Room alum.

Ellington Park Bistro debuted on Saturday, November 5 on the foot of the modern, 155-room resort located on the nexus of Dupont Circle, the West Finish, and Georgetown (2033 M Road NW).

The 4,500-square-foot area sprawled throughout the foyer was previously house to Tredici Enoteca, a Philly-based Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant that arrived in 2016 and closed proper earlier than the pandemic (and was St. Greg Kitchen & Bar after that).

Named after D.C.’s famed jazz pianist Duke Ellington — and his eponymous park throughout the road — Ellington Park Bistro reactivates the 90-seat eating space with French onion soup and oven-roasted escargot swimming in absinthe butter. Different starters embrace beef tartare combined with caper berries and piccalilli, a Maine lobster or bacon tarte, charcuterie and cheese boards, a rotating crudo with grapefruit and shiso, and oil-cured tuna Niçoise salad.

Veteran D.C. chef Frank Morales’s various cooking background contains latest stints at downtown energy spot Oval Room (now La Bise) and Alexandria’s fashionable American eatery Rustico, together with Penn Quarter’s acclaimed Zola again within the day.

A garlic aioli-doused wagyu smash burger with Cabot cheddar, French pickles, and duck fats fries.
Ellington Park Bistro

Friday nights name for bouillabaisse (Langoustine prawns, sea scallop, Mediterranean bass, mussels, leeks, and fennel broth).
Ellington Park Bistro

Morales received his begin at NYC’s legendary Le Cirque, and Ellington Park Bistro marks his long-awaited comeback to French delicacies. Opening entrees beneath his watch embrace Arctic char with lime-pickle Swiss chard and a carrot-ginger discount; beef bourguignon topped with buttery potato puree; or chestnut-dotted bucatini in a forest mushroom ragu.

Every day of the week is dedicated to a unique dish for Francophiles. There’s duck confit Tuesdays, seafood bouillabaisse Fridays, and New York strip au poivre Saturdays.

Ellington Park Bistro is open for breakfast (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) each day. Reservations could be made on OpenTable.

Griddled Cornish sport hen atop a mattress of barley risotto and aged cheese with an onion-tarragon jus.
Ellington Park Bistro

Manning the bar program is D.C. mixologist vet Taha Ismail (Willard, Zaytinya), whose opening cocktails pay tribute to Ellington’s basic songs. That embrace the “Prelude to a Kiss” (gin, creme de violette, lavender, lemon, egg white) and “In a Mellow Tone” (altos reposado tequila, El Silencio mezcal, calamansi lemon, and pineapple). Cocktails vary from $16 to $19 and most mains run $30 and up.

The 30-seat bar lined with darkish leather-based stools is flooded with pure mild because of hovering skylights above.
Ellington Park Bistro

A trio of aperitifs embrace this gin quantity with Cap Corse Blanc, grapefruit mist, and cucumber.
Ellington Park Bistro

The “Temper Indigo” cocktail (reposado mezcal, creme de cacao, China-China amaro).

Decadent desserts match for a Parisian cafe embrace citrus mille-feuille with golden ale tuile, calamansi mousse, and lemon creme fraiche ice cream; creme brulee with agenoa bread, honey feuille de brick, and burnt honey ice cream; and matcha cake with lemon cremoux and cucumber sorbet.

Ellington Park Bistro is the most recent resort restaurant within the neighborhood to enter the duck fats fries sport; longtime contenders embrace Blue Duck Tavern and Bourbon Steak.

P.E.I. mussels in a coconut-pastis broth include a facet of duck fats fries.
Ellington Park Bistro

Ellington Park Bistro is outfitted with jewel-toned partitions, smooth seating, and an general redesign by Melissa Bowers.
Ellington Park Bistro