Restaurateur Joe Carroll is opening a second location of his contemporary Brooklyn, N.Y., steak house, St. Anselm, this one in partnership with mid-Atlantic restaurant maven Stephen Starr. It will open Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C.'s Union Market neighborhood. The original outpost holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its 260-selection wine list with strengths in France, California and Italy. Starr owns a total of 16 Restaurant Award–winning concepts across Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and D.C.
Carroll told Wine Spectator that he and Starr have been eager to embrace the recent growth of D.C.'s restaurant scene. "I kind of call us a tavern, but there's definitely a steak house–like component to what we do, and D.C. is definitely a steak and wine kind of town," Carroll said. "I'm really excited to flesh this [wine] list out, and I'm really excited to see how it works in D.C."
The wine list will be about twice the size of the one in New York and will tailor to both traditionalist wine drinkers and those seeking something new, showcasing a wide range of selections from across the world. "Anything I put on the list, I really have to be into and excited by," Carroll said.
There will be around 35 wines by the glass, six on tap and a substantial half-bottle list. "We are very much straying from the steak-house model for what would be available by the glass. For instance, my Malbec is from Australia, not Argentina," said Erik Segelbaum, Starr Restaurants' corporate wine director, who worked with Carroll on the wine list. It will also include other eclectic picks like a Turkish white from the indigenous Emir grape, a dry Furmint from Hungary and a Tannat-Merlot blend from Bolivia, as well as a large collection of Madeira and Sherry available by the ounce.
As for the classics, the Bordeaux and California selections will feature wines with some maturity, and the latter will also focus on up-and-coming producers and those doing things a little differently, said Segelbaum. "It's very much [taking] people out of their comfort zones but not making them uncomfortable," he said of the overall list.—J.H. and B.O.
Chef Thomas Keller opened his first Florida restaurant this month in the newly renovated Surf Club property, in the town of Surfside, north of Miami Beach.
The Surf Club Restaurant was designed as a place for celebrating special occasions, and head sommelier Zachariah Gossard's 350-selection wine list reflects that with nearly 30 Champagnes and plenty of high-end bottles from Burgundy and Bordeaux. The program has emphasis on France and California, along with other international offerings, and more than 20 wines available by the glass. The kitchen, led by chef de cuisine Manuel Echeverri, serves modern takes on classic dishes like Caesar salad, fettuccini alfredo and eggplant parmesan.
Major Food Group (MFG) has opened two eateries in the Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. From developer Aby Rosen, the hotel underwent a decade-long restoration before its unveiling on Aug. 20.
This is the second international project for MFG, which owns Carbone in Hong Kong, as well as two other Restaurant Award–winning locations in New York and Las Vegas. Rosen and MFG also teamed up for the recently opened the Grill, the Pool and the Lobster Club trio in New York.
The group brings two classic New York concepts to Tel Aviv: an Italian eatery and a deli. The former, Don Camillo, serves traditional Italian dishes with a local twist from Israel-born chef Roi Antebi. Sommelier Gal Zohar built the 230-selection wine list with labels from Israel, France and Italy. The other joint, Golda's Delicatessen, offers the classic New York deli experience, complete with an open-kitchen counter, house-made bagels and lox, double-decker sandwiches and more.—J.H.
The Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, N.J., has promoted chef Aishling Stevens as the new executive chef and culinary director for all restaurants at the resort, including the Grand Award–winning Restaurant Latour. Stevens has extensive experience working and leading kitchens in restaurants and resorts in Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as the New Jersey–based Americana Hospitality Group. She was hired as the Crystal Springs Resort's sous chef in 2017.
Stevens' new seasonal menu features multiple four-course prix-fixe options and a seven-course chef's tasting menu to complement Latour's 5,100-selection wine list, which has strengths in France, Italy, California and Oregon.—B.G.
Best of Award of Excellence winner La Pizza Fresca Ristorante in New York will soon leave its Flatiron District location after more than 20 years and reopen elsewhere. The restaurant has not yet confirmed when and where it will land next. Meanwhile, guests are invited to enjoy discounted bottles from the cellar for up to 50 percent off. Italian wines make up most of the 1,520-selection list and will dominate the sale, but there will also be deals on wines from the U.S., France and Spain.—B.G.
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