Oh, look, here’s some red leather to sit on.
Because here’s NoPa Kitchen + Bar, a new Penn Quarter brasserie by the restaurateur behind Rasika, 701 and Bibiana, opening in early May.
A couple things to note off the top here:
1) The name is a contraction of “North of Pennsylvania.” Make of that what you will.
2) You’ll find it in the old Zola space.
But now it’s all whitewashed brick, steel and windows looking out at the American Art Museum. Grab one of the aforementioned red leather banquettes for a dinner with colleagues. Or if you’re trying to close a ketchup deal, Pete Campbell–style, book one of the private rooms done up with stuffed pheasants and maps of European cities.
But the lounge is where you’ll want to bring your date for a nightcap. If the zinc-topped bar is full, make for one of the high-tops canopied with metal bars and leather straps (no, it’s not as Fifty Shades as it sounds) and get started on a NoPa Punch (rum, brandy, peppercorns, cardamom).
On your plate: ancho chili baby back ribs, smoked bluefish and cinnamon sticky buns with pecans and caramel.
On your left: Canadians.