First Look: Tour the New Iron Gate in DupontBy Rina Rapuano | November 14, 2013 By Rina Rapuano | November 14, 2013
Right on the heels of opening Bluejacket brewery and its restaurant, The Arsenal, Neighborhood Restaurant Group is at it again. This time, the group has ambitiously resurrected the beloved Iron Gate restaurant space, which started out as stables but had served as a dining venue since the 1920s before closing a few years ago. The pet project of former Vermilion chef Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate 2.0 is set to open Tuesday.
Amid the excitement of preparing to open, the restaurant group also announced a big cocktail coup today: celebrated mixologist Jeff Faile has defected from Fiola and Casa Luca to helm the cocktail program for NRG.
Chittum honed his Italian-cooking skills at Notti Bianche and has spent considerable time traveling in Greece. Here, the chef is able to continue his focus on locally sourced ingredients but apply it to Mediterranean flavors. (A few ingredients are supplied by his Greek wife, however, including the amazingly aromatic wild fennel seed, the dried oregano and some capers.)
The restaurant is broken into three distinct spaces: the inside dining room, the terrace and the carriageway bar. The dining room will offer two tasting-menu options, while the terrace and the carriageway will serve an a la carte menu. If you want to make a reservation now, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way by picking up a phone until the restaurant's online reservation system is up and running.
In the meantime, we took a tour to show you what to expect.
1734 N St. NW; 202-524-5202