Rooster and Owl will open at 2436 14th Street NW next month, the restaurant announced on Facebook, offering four-course dinners full of shareable New American small plates from Yuan and Carey Tang. The husband and wife fill respective roles as executive chef and general manager.
Yuan Tang has cooked at two Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City, according to his bio on the Rooster and Owl website. His LinkedIn page lists 10 months of experience at the Modern — which holds two stars — and a year of experience as a line cook at Jean-Georges, the flagship venue for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten that held three stars from Michelin for its first 10 years before being bumped to two in 2017.
Tang also lists two years of experience as a sous chef at Ashok Bajaj’s 701 Restaurant, which shuttered on New Year’s Eve, before beginning a series of Rooster and Owl pop-ups in 2016.
A sample menu for Rooster and Owl previews a four-course format with four options listed under each course. The website promises a menu that will change frequently, but a taste of dishes on the sample menu includes a scallop crudo with caramelized nori, a “beef and broccoli” made with New York strip steak, and a Lemoncello cheesecake.
According to Washington City Paper, Rooster and Owl is located in the former Creme space just north of U Street NW. That’s a short walk away from Maydan and Franklin Hall. WCP also reports that Jason Swaringen, a bartender at the Green Zone in Adams Morgan, will create the bar program.
The Rooster and Owl name comes represents each individual in the couple. Carey Tang, who works in non-profit development, is the early-rising rooster. Her husband the chef is the nocturnal owl. Despite their opposing schedules, the restaurant’s website notes, they’d often find quality time during a meal.