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Iron Gate, Birch & Barley Introduce New Family-Style Options

One's meat-centric; the other is a nod to Italy.

Iron Gate
Iron Gate
R. Lopez
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Two different Neighborhood Restaurant Groups have embraced family-style dining with new menu options.

Birch & Barley recently launched The Beast Feast. It's sort of a revamped version of the pig and other whole-animal roasts they used to do in the past — with even more food. On Tuesdays-Saturdays, small groups (six is the ideal size) can share a multi-course menu that features family style portions of fish, meat and poultry (plus charcuterie, sides and dessert). Each course is paired with beers, and the price is $95 per person. A recent menu featured Japanese suzuki fish (sea bass), duck with foie gras and porchetta as the mains.

Meanwhile, Iron Gate will launch its Agriturismo menu July 27. On Sundays and Mondays in the patio, Iron Gate will create a menu inspired by Italy's farms that serve as restaurants and inns for tourists.  It will be four courses, and served family-style. The menus will feature antipasti, pastas, meats, seafoods and desserts. The menu is inspired by chef Anthony Chittum's recent trip to Sardinia. Couples pay $50, and additional people can join in for $25 each. There will be $25 bottles of house wines available, too.

Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 737-1371 Visit Website

Birch & Barley

1337 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 567-2576 Visit Website