Two months after debuting as a weekend-only destination, Saint Yves is now making itself available to the weekday happy hour crowd and has beefed up its dining options.
The new menu (see below) from consulting chef Alex McCoy — the Duke’s Grocery alum who has since started ever-changing restaurant, Alfie’s — features affordably priced gourmet snacks ($5 to $9) including spiced almonds, salmon carpaccio with capers, and roasted chicken salad sandwiches with curry mayonnaise. Bigger spenders are welcome to splurge on the half dozen varieties of caviar ($20 to $180 per ounce).
Happy hour cocktails, served in vintage glassware sourced from estate sales, are $8.50 apiece and include the Tai One On (rum, orgeat, bitters, lime juice) and Lavender Sour (gin, lavender syrup, lemon juice, egg white). Thirsty worker types can now knock back a few post-grind drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
The 5,000-square-foot clubhouse at 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW comes from D.C. party starters David Chung and Ki Jun Sung, who have previously launched Capitale, Chinese Disco, George, and K Street Lounge, to name a few. The Swatchroom-designed space includes a quartz-topped main bar, a grand chandelier made up of half a mile of custom gold chain links, and ceiling tulle sculpture that replicate colored clouds.