New Openings: Rose’s Luxury

By Rina Rapuano  |  October 10, 2013
Credit: Elizabeth Parker Photographie

Ask chef-owner Aaron Silverman to pick a favorite dish on the menu of the newly opened Rose’s Luxury, and he’ll answer: “The strawberry spaghetti. It’s not everyone’s favorite, but it’s my favorite.”

Perhaps that’s because he’s been perfecting the dish for years, adding and deleting ingredients until he felt everything worked in concert to support the flavor of the strawberries.

That attention to detail is likely driving the unmistakable buzz surrounding this place. Oh, and maybe his time cooking at big-name places like New York’s Momofuku Noodle Bar and Charleston’s McCrady’s Restaurant. Or the momentum he gained through local pop-ups over the summer.

Or maybe it’s the many personal touches found throughout the restaurant, starting with Silverman naming it after his grandmother and tasking his uncle with making the tables (each marked with “Made for Rose’s Luxury by Rose’s son”). As for the “luxury” part, he says, “The whole idea is about feeling like you’re being treated extremely well. Luxury is more a feeling than it is about actual things.”

Diners who arrive at the intimate, vintage-industrial Barracks Row restaurant will have a dozen or so choices on the tight menu of small plates and family-style portions, all to be tweaked daily. More than half of the offerings are (or can be made) vegetarian; and the popcorn soup, the pork sausage and lychee salad, and the brisket are gaining early accolades.

The restaurant doesn’t take reservations but stresses that the full menu is available at the bar upstairs.

Rose’s Luxury is open 5:30-10 PM Monday-Thursday and 5:30-11 PM Friday and Saturday.

717 Eighth St., SE; 202-580-8889