The first-floor market at Frederik de Pue‘s new multi-story Penn Quarter restaurant Menu MBK (Market, BistroBar, Kitchen) opens today, selling everything from sandwiches to local produce to beers and wines. Menu MBK replaces Azur, which de Pue closed in September. The new concept will also include a casual cafe and bistro upstairs, opening Jan. 30, and a six-seat tasting table with $65 prix-fixe menu, which will debut on Feb. 20.
Patrons can pick up takeout meals including sandwiches, salads, and pastas. Pastry chef Jason Ghering (formerly of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken) will prepare pies, cookies, sticky buns, macaroons, and more. And baristas will prepare coffee from various mid-Atlantic roasters.
The market is also stocked with sauces and other premade items for the home cook. Growers like Maryland’s Bounty Hill Farms and Chapel Hill Farm will supply whatever fruits or vegetables are in season. Charcuterie from Cured DC and cheese and dairy products from Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy, will also be available, along with specialty honey, maple syrups, infused oils, chocolates, and Route 11 potato chips.
And booze? General manager and beverage director Robert Yealu has compiled a range of new and old world wines plus bottled beers, which will also be available at the forthcoming bistro upstairs.
De Pue also plans to host cooking demos and culinary book events in the market.
Menu MBK, 405 8th St. NW; (202) 347-7491; menumbk.com
Photo by Greg Power