The Dish: Luncheon (and Dinner) of the Boating Party

Renoir’s masterpiece inspires iCi Urban Bistro to create two new special menus.
By Nevin Martell

Art may imitate life, but it also inspires chefs. Renoir’s classic painting Luncheon of the Boating Party, which is currently hanging at the Phillips Collection as part of the museum’s yearlong 90th anniversary celebration, moved iCi Urban Bistro’s top toque Olivier Perret to create to two special menus that pay homage to the Impressionist classic.

Perret’s $40 three-course lunch menu includes one of three appetizers and a choice of two entrees – a poulet au vinaigre with chicken breast, mushroom cassolette, shallot confit and vinegar reduction or a filet of Scottish salmon with housemade tagliatelle pasta and sorrel beurre blanc – as well as French press coffee and French toast with roasted pear and caramel sorbet for dessert. In the evening, the $60 three-course dinner menu features three different appetizers to choose from and one of two entrees – either coq au vin or an oven roasted sea bass in salt crust with fingerling potatoes and Brussels sprouts – as well as coffee and dessert.

These special menus are available only for the month of September. Call 202-730-8700 to book a table in advance or make a reservation online now.

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