Last week Steve and I made our first visit to Station 4, the new restaurant/bar in southwest DC on the corner of 4th and M Streets, SW.
Given the lack of restaurants and bars in our neighborhood we have been anticipating Station 4’s opening for several months. We were hoping for a neighborhood tavern type establishment (similar to Tunnacliff’s in Eastern Market which is owned by the same group that owns Station 4), so we were a bit wary when initial reports said Station 4 evoked a swanky Miami scene (whaaaaaat?!). But we were still hopeful that a chill neighborhood scene could be carved out at Station 4.
With Steve’s newly acquired, post-bar exam free time, we jumped at the chance to attend Station 4’s Grand Opening Celebration on August 3rd. All in all we had a great experience and while the atmosphere may be a bit posher than we’d ideally want at a neighborhood bar/restaurant, we are hopeful it may still be a great local hangout.
The event was very well attended in part due to publicity through the Capitol Deal and the fact that beer, wine, vodka drinks, and select high end appetizers were on the house! The crowd was friendly and the staff made a big effort to fill drink orders efficiently. We were tickled to appear in the Georgetown Dish’s article on the opening!
After a few drinks at the bar we decided to grab a table and have dinner. We started with the Watermelon and Feta Salad which was a delicious combination of tastes, and a perfect summer appetizer.
For the main course Steve had the Beef Shortribs Pappardelle, which were divine! The beef was perfectly tender and savory and the noodles and sauce were hearty without being heavy. I particularly loved the addition of peas which added a touch of sweet contrast. I wouldn’t have thought to order this dish, but now that I’ve tasted it I will definitely be enjoying it again in the future!
I ordered chicken medallions wrapped in bacon and stuffed with crab. It was pretty good, but slightly underwhelming compared to the Beef Shortribs. The chicken was served with spinach and a tomato based sauce that seemed a bit out of place. I’m guessing perhaps the chef ultimately agreed with me as this item is not listed on the menu on the website.
It was a very nice first experience at Station 4, and we fully endorse the open bar approach to winning new fans! We are looking forward to our next visit to Station 4 – I’ll definitely be trying the Duck Fat Fries which I’ve heard good things about, and probably the burger which looked delicious when it was delivered to the table next to us!