This past October, the folks from The Diner, Open City and Tryst launched their latest venture, The Coupe, a 7,000-square-foot restaurant/bar/coffee shop that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and it’s a good thing, because after my first visit, I plan to eat multiple meals a day at the Columbia Heights establishment (in my dreams).
Even though The Coupe opened a little more than a month ago, it is still swamped on weekends, despite the restaurant’s ability to seat the entire Northwest quadrant of the District. So to dodge crowds and a long wait (patience has never been my forte), I decided to pop-in on the earlier side for a Sunday breakfast.
My party was instantly seated at a cozy booth next to a window, and coffee orders were taken promptly. It took a while for the bar to make the coffee, but once my cappuccino arrived, all was forgiven – partly because it was delicious, and partly because it was decorated with animal crackers.
Everyone at my table ordered something different, which meant I got to sample five things on the menu, which, by the way, serves breakfast all day (and night).
Here is what our table tasted: the Farmer’s Market Omelet with hashbrowns, the griddled banana bread, French toast, a stack of pancakes and scrambled eggs with stone-ground grits.
Yes, we went a little heavy on the carbs, but after the meal we were filled with happiness, not guilt.
Of the items I sampled, the French toast – served with an apple and cranberry compote – took the crown for the tastiest breakfast, while the loaded veggie omelet and crispy hashbrowns came in for a close second.
Next time, I will leave the grits (they were a bit soupy for my taste), and try a honey butter-glazed biscuit to satisfy a soul food craving.
The food wasn’t the only thing that won me over – the ambiance was also impressive. Somehow the owners managed to tastefully fill the restaurant with art, chalkboards and couches, making the large space seemingly cozy, instead of vast and expansive.
But perhaps the best part about The Coupe is that it is open for 24 hours a day, making it completely possible to eat more than one meal a day there.
Five of the East Coast’s best mixologists will be on-hand to create craft drinks from 8 until 10 pm. Local mixologists include JP Caceres of Pisco Porton and Juan Coronado of Think Food Group. Traveling guests include Raphael Reyes of New York’s Mihoko’s 21 Grams, Ryan McGrale of Boston’s Death By Cocktails and Brendan Dorr of the B&O Brasserie in Baltimore.
Entry into the event is a $15 donation, which includes a glass of craft punch. Additional drink tickets are $5 each. The Coupe is located in Columbia Heights at 3415 11th Street NW.
Because there are few things in life better than all-day breakfast and comforting sandwiches at 3 am, the folks behind Tryst and Open City recently added a 24-hour upscale diner to their DC dining line-up. And we all know about the lack of 24-hour diners in DC, so a new one beyond the boundaries of Borderstan is well worth noting.
The Coupe, an exposed brick and granite bar establishment in Columbia Heights, opens October 9 (the soft opening was last week) at 3415 11th Street NW (just north of Park Road and Red Rocks Pizzeria). The late-night menu includes house-made bottled sodas, milkshakes, omelets, waffles, burgers, sandwiches and specialty items (think cheddar grits with Creole braised short ribs, southwest cornbread waffle bites and Bahn Mi with crispy pork belly or tofu).
If you prefer to eat your meals during normal hours, The Coupe has a menu for that, too. Rabbit pot pie, jalapeño crepes, hand-cut pappardelle and a list of local cheeses, salads, sandwiches and small bites are available from 5 until 11 pm.
And did I mention breakfast is served all day? Menus are also available online.