It’s not too often that someone comes up with a new dining experience in the D.C. area, but local cousins Nick and David Wiseman have devised something innovative and exciting: a modern, upscale delicatessen offering all of your favorite Old World Jewish delicacies, elevated by few New World ingredients and cooking techniques.
Located in Dupont Circle, the rustic venue is cozy and inviting, with warm brick walls, low lighting, and a charming second level. A 10 seat bar is in the back, and an open kitchen is front and center.
The cuisine fits perfectly into the warm atmosphere of the restaurant. Perfectly pickled cucumbers with just the right amount of crunch are a perfect entryway into the tasty and comforting meal that follows. Sample the Kasha Varnishkas, bowtie pasta served with buckwheat groats, and enhanced by DSG chefs through the addition of preserved lemon, spicy harissa, and earthy mushrooms. The knishes, borscht, and beet salad are also not to be missed; but please note crispy, satisfying potato pancakes accompanied by a generous dollop of cool crème fraiche are an absolute must. Order then as soon as you are seated, and a second order to eat with your main course. French fries are served with an irresistible garlic yogurt sauce, and vegetarians will rejoice when trying the eggplant Rueben, complete with sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Prices are about average for D.C. fine dining restaurants, as dinner entrees are around $20 and at lunch around $10. Brunch is also served, with a menu featuring bagels and shmear and challah French toast.
Don't forget to order to drinks; beverage director Brian Zipin is a cocktail wizard.
Expect excellent service and delicious food, whether you go for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
DSG Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave Northwest Washington DC 20036, 202-293-4400