The main dining room of Brasserie Liberté. © Scott Suchman
The private
Brasserie Liberté's apple pithivier. © Scott Suchman
The dining room at Modena. © Greg Powers
Modena chef John Melfi. © Ashlie Levy
Modena's Citrus Cured Salmon
The private
Brasserie Liberté's apple pithivier. © Scott Suchman
The dining room at Modena. © Greg Powers
Modena chef John Melfi. © Ashlie Levy
Modena's Citrus Cured Salmon

Dining Debuts

Two new buzz-worthy restaurants on the DC scene

A Slice of France in Georgetown
At Brasserie Liberté, newly opened in the former Morton’s location, chef Jaryd Hearn celebrates authentic French cuisine and wine. The menu features classics such as boeuf bourguignon, tuna Niçoise and apple pithivier. DC’s Swatchroom spearheaded the swanky interiors, taking inspiration from French history and culture. Rich shades of pumpkin and crimson envelop the main dining room, while the private dining salon features a “Fabergé egg” booth hand-painted by Nicolette Atelier. 3251 Prospect Street, NW; 202-878-8404. libertedc.com

An Italian Debut in Downtown DC
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj has opened a new Italian spot called Modena in the location of his former Bibiana. New York-based Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates transformed the interiors with a teal and soft-gray color scheme and dark-oak laminate tables surrounded by stylish seating from Italy. Chef John Melfi puts a playful twist on Italian fare with dishes such as the Citrus-Cured Salmon “Ravioli” appetizer and a roving antipasto cart. 1100 New York Avenue, NW; 202-216-9550. modenadc.com