Image: Kibbeh with bulgur parsley salad
Last Updated: June 2021
Current Status: This spot in the old Masa 14 on 14th Street has inside seating, sidewalk seating, and a valuable rooftop all available for dine-in. The site says they continue to do take-out and delivery, but the link is out, so you may have to call the order in.
The Gypsy Kitchen in D.C. is the second iteration of this restaurant. The first one is in Atlanta, and both are part of an Atlanta-based restaurant group. The pan-Mediterranean food seems a bit out of their wheelhouse, and retains a little of the heaviness of its southern roots. To be honest we were skeptical about this place, but, based on a take-out meal, we were impressed enough to put them on the recommended restaurant list. The flavors were strong and sharp; the service thoughtful. They have a veteran of Andres world at the helm of the kitchen, and the staff seemed on the ball coming off a Covid-era opening. That said, the history of that space, the temptation for rooftop deck places to mail it in over time, the out-of-town/multi-concept restaurant group, and the questionable name keep us on guard against eventual decline. But for now, no need to shy away from this place. Like us, you might be pleasantly surprised.
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