PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Early 2020 724 9th St NW
Cranes, coming from the legendary Chef Pepe Moncayo, has introduced a much-needed Spanish-Japanese concept to the District. While working in Singapore for the past ten years, Moncayo has borrowed influence from the dishes that he fell in love with. Guests can expect an authentic menu that builds off this eclectic Japanese-Spanish fusion relationship; offering dishes ranging from the nameko mushroom rice, paired with burrata and an enoki salad to the fried baby squid, served alongside chorizo and a soft-boiled egg. In the interest of sticking to his Spanish roots, Moncayo has consciously decided to keep the dishes small and proportionate. Aside from the main dining room, guests are also able to enjoy an extensive cocktail and sake menu in the sake lounge. In terms of the atmosphere, Cranes has partnered with the DC design firm 3877 to create a sleek, modern oasis; utilizing dramatic lighting and bright metals. www.cranes-dc.com ; 202-525-4900.