Last weekend also was the opening of Mahogany Restaurant and Lounge at 11th and U Streets, NW. If you approach from the west on U Street, it’s the building on your left with the piano keys running horizontally along the side. The downstairs is home to Bohemian Caverns, an inviting setting for jazz music -- like Blues Alley but without the hassle of Georgetown. Some of my favorite artists play at both.
The upstairs had always looked a bit stuffy. That’s changed, however, and for the better. On Saturday, June 2, Mahogany’s owners were gracious enough to host an early evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, which they advertised in the Washington City Paper. It was a chance to see the new, renovated space and catch up with some of our neighbors. A jazz trio played in the background, and the picture windows in front were opened, sweeping in a light breeze and the sound of U Street, which is musical in its own right. Waiters passed around samples, including an amuse bouche of gazpacho. I became a lapsed vegetarian to try the rest (oh, the lengths we go to), but the simple, meaty crabcakes and hot fried catfish made it worthwhile. It was the perfect finish to a productive Saturday.
Bohemian Caverns / Mahogany Restaurant and Lounge
2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001