We found the perfect style pairings for this quartet of contemporary eateries.
We love to couple our delectable dishes with wine, spirits, music, interiors and so much more. So why not pair your favorite restaurant with an impeccably tasteful accessory? Eating out is as much a visually sensual experience as it is a journey for the taste buds. Gorgeous spaces inspire arresting textures, while fresh colors transform dishes like a bland eggs and toast into a culinary masterpiece. With that in mind, we went shopping for the right style partner to pair with these trendy establishments.
Too picky? Just can’t seem to settle on one thing? Officina is certainly the right mate for you. With its multilevel Italian dining and destination pedigree, you’ll have plenty of options. Pick up authentic Italian delicacies in the first-floor Mercato before heading upstairs for drinks in the Salotto—the amaro collection is quite becoming. Dinner in the Trattoria is an attractive option, too. For alfresco eye candy, swipe up to the roof deck Terrazza to enjoy cocktails and water views. So much choice will leave your heart content—which is why this lovely Botkier Cobble Hill Goldcrown crossbody ($228, botkier.com) would make a foolproof companion. 1120 Maine Ave. SW, DC, 202-747-5222, officinadc.com
Occupying a prime spot in the increasingly popular Navy Yard, chef and owner Michael White’s Italian eatery celebrates the love affair Italians have with Emilia-Romagna cuisine from northern Italy. Low-lit brick walls separated by amber stained glass add an old-world charm. The visual appeal is matched with aromatic pastas like gramigna made with pork sausage, pomodoro, pecorino and chile flake. The dish arrives looking simple, but from the first bite its flavors explode like fireworks, just like this playful APM Monaco orange lip ring ($209, apm.mc). 301 Water St. SE, DC, 202-484-0660, osteriamorini.com
This minimalist foodie destination is helmed by Johnny Spero, who was named one of the “sexiest chefs alive” last year by People magazine. While Spero is steaming up the kitchen concocting new American cuisine, you can take full advantage of Reverie’s steamier location—tucked quaintly away in a Georgetown side street. The low ceilings, close quarters and open kitchen add to the allure. With so many creative menu options—like Spero’s take on McDonald’s famous Big Mac—you might need a carryout. This Botkier Nude Combo Hill flap clutch ($88, botkier.com) is an ideal match for the mod decor but not your leftovers. 3201 Cherry Hill Lane NW, DC, 202-808-2952, reveriedc.com
If bold colors and golden highlights married with bolder flavors turn you on, then turn off The Bachelor and book a tête-à-tête at Ryan Ratino’s bistronomy-meets-casual fine dining love child, Bresca. The one-Michelin-star winner is turning heads with creations such as foie gras and waffles and saffron linguine. He’s even managed to make eggs and toast a worthy suitor. Seeking something French-kissed? Try Jônt, the 18-seat tasting counter right above Bresca. Match all the affection with a yellow silver Amore Amour Love open cuff by APM Monaco ($271, apm.mc). 906 14th St. NW, DC, 202-518-7926, brescadc.com