D.C. area Restaurant Week, social brunch, cinema on tap for August

July 31, 2018

It’s time again for Restaurant Week, with 250 restaurants participating.

It runs Aug. 13-19 in the District, Aug. 10-19 in Bethesda and Aug. 17-26 in Alexandria. Prices are $22 for lunch and brunch, and $35 for dinner.

This Saturday is National Watermelon Day, and the City Tap Houses (901 Ninth St. NW and 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW) are hosting all-day specials of watermelon beers on tap, and red and white watermelon sangria. Watermelon-eating contests start at 5 p.m. at both locations, and winners will receive gift cards to City Tap House.

Roofers Union (2446 18th St. NW) will celebrate Watermelon Day on Friday with specials such as Old Pro Gose beer incorporating watermelon for $8 a pint. Executive Chef Jennifer Flynn will offer a grilled watermelon appetizer with lime, feta and fresh herbs for $8.

On Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Red’s Table (11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston) will host a special four-course dinner featuring four varieties of Belvedere vodka from central Poland. Dinner is priced at $85 per person.

Tomatoes are the name of the game at NoPa Kitchen + Bar (800 F St. NW), 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) and The Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW), with tomato-tasting menus through Aug. 14. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family, originating in the South American Andes. Special three-course menus are available at lunch and dinner and are priced at $50 per person.

Legal Sea Foods (704 Seventh St. NW; 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; and Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean) are offering “C-Food Mondays,” which include a cup of New England clam chowder, lobster, steamers, corn on the cob and coleslaw for $29.95 per person. The special is available through Aug. 27. The restaurant chain has opened a venue at Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE). The 2,000-square-foot, 71-seat restaurant is on the mezzanine level and features a 31-seat full-service bar with high-top tables.

Bindaas (2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) has introduced an afternoon tea called “cutting chai” (which means “cut in half”), referring to a small quantity of tea popular in Mumbai. Initially, cutting chai was available only at street stalls, but now many modern cafes serve the smaller dose of caffeine with a variety of accompaniments. The teas, priced at $5, will be available Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Accompanying snacks are priced from $2 to $7 each.

Lupo Verde Osteria (4814 MacArthur Blvd. NW) is serving a “social brunch” on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., priced at $35 per person. Guests will be able to select one antipasto, one side dish, two pasta or egg dishes, and one bottle of prosecco from the featured menu. The social brunch menu must be ordered for the entire table. Dishes also will be available a la carte, with prices ranging from $7 to $20 each.

“Brewers on the Block” will take place Aug. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at Suburbia (1309 Fifth St. NE) at Union Market. The annual event at the summertime bar in an Airstream trailer celebrates Beer Week and includes live music, local breweries, meaderies and cideries, and unlimited regional tastes. Tickets are $55; VIP tickets, priced at $75, include special beers, shaded seating and food from David Guas’ Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar Eatery.

On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., half-price bottles of 30 wines are available for guests dining at Tredici Enoteca (2033 M St. NW) in the St. Gregory Hotel. On Wednesdays, the restaurant offers complimentary cigars with the purchase of a $30 whiskey flight showcasing three 1-ounce pours.

The Georgetown Sunset Cinema has been open on Tuesdays at the Georgetown Waterfront Park (3303 Water St. NW). Films start around 8:30 p.m. “Grease” is scheduled for Tuesday, and “Footloose,” rescheduled from July 24, will be shown on Aug. 14. 1310 Kitchen Bar (1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW) is offering thematic cocktails for each of the movie showings, and each drink will remain on the menu for the rest of the week.

August is Washington State Wine Month. Jug Table (2446 18th St. NW) will celebrate with specialty tastings and flights of 3-ounce pours of three wines ($15) or four wines ($25) starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout August.

On Aug. 31, the Hay-Adams Hotel (800 16th St. NW) will host its next Author Series luncheon in honor of Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will discuss her latest work, “Leadership: in Turbulent Times.” Ms. Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Carla Hayden, the 14th librarian of Congress, will introduce Ms. Goodwin. Tickets are priced at $90 per person (all inclusive), and include a three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings.

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