Four new one-star restaurants recognized in 2020 edition of MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C.

Maydān is one of four new additions to the 2020 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, DC.

Michelin has announced the upcoming release of the 2020 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., recognizing 18 establishments that have been awarded one or more Michelin stars, including the addition of four one-star selections to the nation’s capital.

“Our inspectors are especially impressed by the range and diversity of cuisine in Washington, D.C., which reflects Washington’s culture as a global crossroads for governments and travelers,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guide. “Of the four new one-star restaurants recognized in the 2020 guide, two are contemporary, one Middle Eastern, and one Japanese, all offering rich and unique dining experiences and high-quality cooking.”

The nearly 130 restaurants that appear in the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C. represent 36 cuisine types.  The new additions for 2020 include:

  • Gravitas, earning one star in the 2020 guide, features an impressive series of creative, astutely composed dishes offered by chef Matt Baker. Newly opened in D.C.’s Ivy City, Gravitas is the perfect locale for a social gathering or an intimate dinner at the chef’s counter.
  • Chef/owner Aaron Silverman adds another star to his collection with Little Pearl. The same team behind Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls, with one and two stars respectively, leads Little Pearl, a café with an evening tasting menu offering 7 to 8 courses for less than $50 (tax and gratuity not included). Culinary delights include the Angel eggs, a riff on deviled eggs featuring a savory meringue egg white and classic yolk filling.
  • Michelin inspectors have closely watched Maydān since its opening in the fall of 2017. Formerly a Bib Gourmand, Maydān earns one star in the 2020 edition for the kitchen’s skill and vision to cook consistently on an impressive hearth. The fare, from pita bread to lamb shoulder, is delivered with dazzling finesse.
  • Sushi Nakazawa, the D.C. edition of this one-star New York City sushi restaurant, earns one star in the 2020 D.C. guide. Worth a stop, this intimate and elegant restaurant offers a laser focus on quality, seasonality and technique, thanks to the vigilance of chef Daisuke Nakazawa.

In summary, Michelin’s 2020 selection for D.C. includes:

  • One restaurant with three stars
    • The Inn at Little Washington
  • Two restaurants with two stars
    • Minibar
    • Pineapple and Pearls
  • 15 restaurants with one star
    • Bresca
    • Dabney (The)
    • Fiola
    • Gravitas
    • Kinship
    • Komi
    • Little Pearl
    • Masseria
    • Maydān
    • Métier
    • Plume
    • Rose’s Luxury
    • Sushi Nakazawa
    • Sushi Taro
    • Tail Up Goat

In addition, it includes 44 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand designation, awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of Michelin inspectors for offering good quality food at a good value as well as more than 120 restaurants with a Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recommend to travelers and locals for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation.

Diners also can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, and cocktail lists, as well as menus for which average prices are $25 and under.

Using a starred system to denote restaurants that are worth a stop (one star), a detour (two stars) or a special journey (three stars), Michelin publishes the iconic MICHELIN Guide worldwide in 30 countries and four continents. The 2020 MICHELIN Guide D.C. will go on sale Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $12.95.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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