Step into Panache, a.k.a. the latest go-to spot for awesomeness. Enjoy the NY vibe along with some amazing cocktails and small plates—or if you're seriously hungry, a heaping pile of pasta.As soon as I turned the corner to get on Desales St., which sits horizontally between Connecticut Ave. and 17th St. south of M, I felt transported. I looked at my bike and said, "Cornelius, I don't think we're in DC anymore." And while you might be shocked 1) that I call my bike Cornelius; and 2) that there's a little NY-style hidden street in the middle of very well-trafficked area of the city, wait 'til you step into Panache, a.k.a. my latest go-to spot for awesomeness. Just like the street it sits on, Panache also exudes a NY vibeyou're more likely to strike up a conversation with a stranger here about what you're drinking than what you do. I ordered the sangria-tini, which is basically a more booze-laden version of sangria (although you can get that here too) and sipped it with a few small plates, most notably the prosciutto-wrapped figs. But don't fret if your stomach is as big as your eyes. The Italian chef here also serves up heaping piles of pasta. In summary, get here now.
Salmon and Spinach Salad, $13.50
Risotto con Frutti di Mare, $23.95
Prosciutto Wrapped Dates, $7.95
Tortilla Espanola, $7.95
Mozzarella Antipasto, $8.50
Specialty Cocktails, $6 to $10
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.