Here’s where you’re going: the Iron Gate, a Roaring ’20s–era restaurant near Dupont, restored to its romantic glory by the folks behind Birch & Barley and Bluejacket. They’re taking reservations now for a Tuesday opening.
Now, we suppose you could entertain some clients here. But take a look. Obviously, it’s a date spot.
You’ll walk in (through the iron gate, naturally) into a long, tall former carriageway. And you’ll be tempted to go no further. Just grab a seat at the zinc bar and while away some time over spanakopita, cocktails made from grappa and oregano, and, eventually, a dry-aged porterhouse for two.
But if you made a reservation, you’ll keep going, back through the patio covered in wisteria and grapevines (yes, file that away for springtime) and into the dining room. It’s very dark, your chairs are leather, and there’s a fireplace at one end. So yeah, cozy.
Your food: tasting menus that start with antipasti then wind through Greek and Southern Italian dishes. Pair them up with everything from obscure wine varietals dating back to ancient Greece and Rome to an ouzo made in Wisconsin.
Goes well with cheese.