December 26th, 2018
Located down a cobblestone alleyway off Grace Street, Reverie offers globally inspired dishes from Chef Johnny’s Spero’s diverse resume (Minibar and Komi in D.C., as well as Copenhagen’s Noma and Spain’s Mugaritz). The focused menu includes around 15 to 18 items inspired by the Mid-Atlantic and places Spero worked. Two of the best dishes are a moist dark bread that packs in sunflower seeds and rye berries, served with sweet house-made butter speckled with leek “ash,” and a two-pound slab of rib-eye presented with glistening fried padron peppers. Another favorite is the Roast Duck, a shareable platter of fried thighs with black licorice and fennel.
The 64-seat spot offers a clean, dark-hued aesthetic based on Nordic and Japanese design. The kitchen is in the center of the restaurant where guests can watch their meals being prepared, and a small staff provides intimate interactions between servers and patrons. Visit Reverie Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.