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Oct 31, 2007 01:26 PM

Eric Ripert restaurant t open next week!!

looks like it opens next week!

Foodies, who have been counting down the hours to the November 8th debut of The Ritz-Carlton's Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, will rejoice that they have only one more week to go until they can taste Ripert's (of NYC's acclaimed Le Bernardin) take on classic French and American fare (think fish burgers with saffron aïoli and roast stuffed chicken). While the food – prepared by Le Bernardin's former sous-chef Leonardo Marino – is clearly the draw here, the bistro's sleek environs glowing with gold leaf and seductive lighting ensure it's a feast for all senses (1190 22nd St. NW; 202-974-4900).

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    1. Woohoo!! Quite excited about trying this one out. And the prices don't seem as insane as I originally thought they would be. Glad they have the menu up---there are some intriguing items. Mainly the fish burger and the mac, ham, and cheese side. Mmmmmm.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Oh wow that is a good looking menu and the prices aren't bad at all. I hope the Eastern Market Salad is from the Eastern Market! I am excited about this one too! The Chesapeake stew might have to be a try for me.

        1. re: Elyssa

          $3/oyster, $16 for a lunch hamburger that does not sound exciting? Insane prices to me (Altho I admit I have bought the $28 burger at DB Bistro and thought it was worth it--but that was out of this world). And the website is irritating to say the least. But I'll give it a try

          1. re: tartuffe

            Well it's not the prices of dinner at Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant which I certainly will not be able to afford unless some kind benefactor is in town or a special occassion (birthday, anniversary, lottery winning).

            But this seems like something I can stop by (I live nearby) and grab a bite at the bar and I won't have to give up my first born. I've seen $16 for a hamburger more often then not these days. Yes it's expensive, but I'm hoping it's not at all similar to the type of hamburgers I usually eat (ahem Five Guys).

              1. re: Elyssa

                I think a $16 burger when having to order a side (fries) for another $7 is a bit much.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  what about a burger made w/ puree of foie gras as an ingredient w/ truffle carpaccio?

                  1. re: curious4food

                    Um, I would never eat anything with foie gras in it....BUT, if you order a burger, I'm of the belief that it should come with fries. I only excuse Palena because the lemon slices make it worthwhile.

                    And honestly, as much as I like the burger/fries at Palena, for 1/4 the price I can get a truly delicious burger and fantastic onion rings at dizzy izzies in BMore which I think actually tastes better. But I'm not sophisticated ;)

                  2. re: Jeserf

                    Are you sure that the $16 burger DOESN'T come with fries? It's possible that it comes with fries but someone can order a side of fries for $7 if their entree doesn't come with it.

                    1. re: KWynn

                      Very true...but I'm assuming for some reason that they'd say it comes with 'em. But I could obviously be very wrong!

            1. Thanks for the reminder- it was great to check out the actual menu! I just made reservations for next Friday, will report back on CH afterwards!!

              1. I know this is a bistro, but Le Bernardin is far and away the best seafood restaurant I've ever had the pleasure of dining in. I'm in Baltimore and I can't wait to go.

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                1. re: ko1

                  Nobody on here should expect this restaurant to replicate the Le Bernadin three Michelin star experience. Rather, similar to Central, Beck and the bistro in the Willard D. C. has found an exemplery style that serves us very well. Yet, none of these have anything in common with the restaurants that may have spawned them. They must be considered for themselves, for what they are which is a bistro experience done as well as, perhaps, can be found in America. Don't go to Central expecting Citronelle nor BistroDC expecting Le Bernardin. Just accept them for what they are which in their own way may be truly outstanding.

                  1. re: Joe H

                    agree w/ above post. yet, he is a 3 star michelin, 4 star nyt. wonder how he'll compare to the other "casual" eateries in the dc market...

                    1. re: Joe H

                      Another cautionary vote. The name says it all. This is a bistro, not La Bernadin. LB is my favorite restaurant anywhere)and I am glad that Ripert is not trying to duplicate that experience here [he can't]. However, given Ripert and his chef for Bistro [formerly of LB], I would gravitate to the seafood dishes rather than the burgers.

                      1. re: Dakota Guy

                        How about the seafood burger? :)

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