It’s about time they did something about that abandoned ugly building on the northeast corner of 14th and U streets. They’re putting in a Dunkin Donuts, which is, you know, totally glamorous. And, above it, a boutique steakhouse, Lost Society, which is actually glamorous.
Last Thursday, I was one of the guests at the restaurant’s preview night. The space, which is in the building’s top two floors, is simply stunning. You walk up the stairs and enter a large space with an industrial warehouse-turned-upscale-pub feel: brick walls, a dark wooden double-sided bar with leather stools, pub tables, and touches of purple—including a tufted velvet couch and peacock-print chair cushions.
It’s masculine and cozy, I could see myself sitting at the bar with beau or in a corner booth drinking red wine and eating a heavy meal in the winter.
The third floor is far more feminine, with silver walls, mirrors, and crystal chandeliers that give off a baroque boudoir feel that’s great for having cocktails with the girls.
The third area of the restaurant, which also has an altogether different feel, is the large third-floor deck, complete with striped cushions and a stellar view of the city. I’ll be heading there soon to enjoy a refreshing cocktail as the summer sun sets.
It seems that, whether you prefer a masculine space for a work happy hour or dinner with clients, a fun sparkly space for brunch with your girlfriends, or a chill patio for drinks and appetizers after work, the restaurant’s three diverse environs have you covered.
Now, let’s talk about the food. I am probably the worst person to write this review, as I stopped eating meat four years ago. I do miss steak quite a bit—I was raised in the beef capital of the world, Argentina—and the filets around me at Lost Society were making my mouth water. The restaurant offers seven cuts of steak, and my guest at the event particularly enjoyed the marinated flank steak, which comes topped with béarnaise and onion rings. Those onion rings are amazing—enormous and coated in a fluffy tempura-like batter.
I can vouch for some of Lost Society’s other options. The dining began with delicious fresh oysters with a yuzu mignonette. I also tried the pan-seared black bass, which I enjoyed but not as much as the oysters or mac n’ cheese. Lost Society’s mac n’ cheese was simply phenomenal. It was quickly devoured by the event guests and the servers repeatedly replenished huge plates of the glorious spiral noodles and creamy cheese.
As if they were trying to impress me, after the mac n’ cheese they brought out another one of my very favorite dishes—bread pudding, filled with pears and topped with a Bourbon sauce. I would have preferred it with ice cream, but it was still yummy, flavorful deliciousness.
Lost Society opens to the public today. Be sure to check it out.
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