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Lowdown on Harold Black (Plus Menu!)

Posted December 17, 2012 by Mary Kong-DeVito in News
Harold Black

Finally, a speakeasy that looks and behaves like a real speakeasy.  Harold Black, which opens tomorrow, hides above Acqua Al 2, from SUNA owners Ari Gejdenson and Johnny Spero.

Named after Gejdenson’s grandfather, it will feature bar vittles such as pastrami-wrapped grissini ($9), puffed pork skins ($7) and chips with beer and cheese dip ($8).  Maro Stanicic, formerly of Palena, will be serving seasonal, contemporary, classic elixirs like the Bon Chretien, with Williams Pear Eau de Vie, ginger and barrel-aged maple; The Deal Breaker with stout beer, cask-aged rum and vanilla, and The Sied Dog with bourbon, Stone Pine liqueur and Rainwater madeira, all $14.  See complete menu here.

The entrance to this dim and cozy 26-seat speakeasy is marked by the same sign as SUNA, and that’s all you get.  Just like any self-respecting speak, there is no website, published address or phone number.

Unless you happen to have a little white card simply marked “h b” with the cell number to text for reservations.  We are in the Digital Age, after all.

Until you round the bend. Unfinished walls, four soft aged-leather booths, an equally cushiony bar for imbibing elbows–it is dark, masculine and electrifying.  You’re either in a speak or Jay Gatsby’s unfinished attic.  Even the bathrooms are beautiful.

Did we mention it’s reservation-only?  Word-of-mouth is sure to spread faster than Gatsby’s demise, as Washingtonians love what they can’t get.  Harold Black will be open Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00 pm – 1:30 am and Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 2:30 am.

Photo: Julia Montanez Interior Design

 

 


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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.