minibar by José Andrés

Washington, D.C.,

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Cuisine Description

Minibar is a study in avant-garde cuisine where the creations typically embody varied textures while maintaining light body and bold flavor.

Wine List Description
At minibar, the wine program is an extension of the food menu, and wines are sourced from classic appellations that demonstrate authentic character and are representative of their origin. Most wine pairings tend to be light to medium bodied with high acidity and little or no oak. There are 50 different wines available by the glass.

Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"One of restaurant’s signature dishes is the Dragon’s Breath: Incorporating liquid nitrogen and popcorn, it’s a playful dish that epitomizes the dining experience."

Perfect Pairing
Champagne Jacquesson 735 with smoked oyster escabèche and Cristom Oregon Pinot Noir with Espardenyes, a type of sea cucumber, and bone marrow are two popular pairings.

Wine Events
Minibar is able to order virtually any wine from anywhere in the world, if diners give three weeks’ notice.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced the third annual issue of America's best wine-centric establishments, and to commemorate the list, WE hosted a rooftop party where we honored this year's recipients and toasted the exploding culture of wine and food.

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Game On

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Pizza Party

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Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

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