last night i received an impromptu invite from the plum to a special media preview at washington place bistro and inn. while i did not take many photos (mainly due to the fact that many other bloggers would post fantastic critiques and observations), i must express how deliciously fun the night was.
the previous baricelli inn was a staple in the little italy neighborhood that essentially ran its course. while the food was tasty, the place was in need of a serious makeover. scott kuhn, who also owns 87 west at crocker park, took this opportunity and created a entirely new space and non-italian (surprise!) menu. as soon as you walk in the renovated lobby, your eye is drawn to the lit counter tops of the main bar and reception desk area. stone tiles are used throughout the interior which add a soft modern tone. clean-lined steel chairs also add to the updated ambiance.
each of the three dining rooms have been updated with new flooring, ambient lighting and oversized chairs. the original woodwork has been kept in tact throughout the dining rooms and several original fireplaces have been restored in a few of the seven guest rooms. one of my favorite features of the guest rooms are the large remodeled bathrooms complete with glass showers.
all of the guest rooms are priced at an affordable $139/night and you have the option to upgrade to $160/night which includes brunch. for anyone interested in staying at a local boutique hotel or have out-of-town guests visiting our fair city, i would highly recommend washington place.
i cannot say anything negative about the five course meal we enjoyed. every dish that was sent out was absolutely incredible. i am not sure i can pick just one fav of the night, but the pierogi and salmon were extremely yummy. great food combined with great service puts this new restaurant in a very good spot on the cle foodie scene.
after our tour, the plum and i headed to the battery park wine bar which def put the cherry on top of an unexpectedly fun monday evening. i must say, and i will continue to say it … i love this city.
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