Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DC Harvest to Open, September 2nd

From our friends at DC Harvest...

The Ringel Brothers Open DC Harvest on H Street, NE

Restaurant features all local products

Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest on September 2nd. A dream come true for both, Jared, who will manage, and Arthur, the chef and veteran of such lauded kitchens as Vermilion, Vidalia and most recently Hank’s in Dupont.

The restaurant, located at 517 H Street, NE in the area’s ever more populated H Street NE neighborhood, will feature local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations. Look for beers such as DC Brau, Port City and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local vintages on the wine list. The menu, which will frequently change depending on local ingredient availability, will feature homemade pastas and include livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms - nothing from outside of the area. Brunch and dinner as well as a late night menu will be served.

A sampling of the dishes on the opening menu include half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19); Zataƕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21); Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). Additional sides, daily plates and desserts including honey walnut tart with thyme, fromage blanc and fruit on the menu.

“It has been a long two years of hard work for us to get DC Harvest open,” Chef Arthur said. “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers."

DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense, is rustic yet casually contemporary with a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the street level and a total of 50 seats on two floors with an open kitchen dining area on the second floor. The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick. Wooden floors below and brass fixtures above create the somewhat bucolic finished look.

"We can't wait to share DC Harvest with everyone. Our seasonally based Modern American cuisine and carefully selected domestic bar offerings will be like no other," Jared says, “Our ‘modern farmhouse’ decor will be uniquely inviting and appealing. Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood."

The restaurant will soft open September 2nd, serving only dinner the first week and then add brunch the following week.

DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner - Sunday-Thursday 5-11 pm; Friday & Sat 5 pm-2 am and Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 11 am-2:30 pm. Reservations are available through Open Table, by phoning 202-629-3296 or by logging into

DC Harvest is an upscale kitchen and bar serving a uniquely local and seasonal menu, highlighting innovative culinary preparations. The cuisine is modern American utilizing specifically sourced products from local farms and vendors. Paired with the menu are 100% domestic spirits, wine and beer. Wildly inventive seasonal cocktails will be featured and reinvented for each coming season. DC Harvest is run by owners Arthur and Jared Ringel, who bring over 40 years of local restaurant experience to H Street, NE. Their passion and drive for amazing guest experiences is evident in the customer friendly approach and neighborhood atmosphere.