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Gravitas Is the First Tasting Menu Restaurant in Ivy City - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jul 05,2018
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,

Gravitas from chef Matt Baker is located in a former tomato packing factory in Ivy City. Photo by Jessica Sidman.

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First came the distilleries, then the casual eateries, the fitness studios, and the Mom’s Organic Market. Now, once-industrial Ivy City has an upscale restaurant where dinner starts at $78.

Gravitas, opening today, is a tasting menu-only restaurant led by 31-year-old chef Matt Baker, who’s previously worked at City Perch, Occidental Grill, Minibar, and Brasserie Beck. The eclectic menu brings together flavors from the mid-Atlantic, Baker’s Houston upbringing, and his time working in Singapore and traveling throughout Asia.

Diners build their own four- to seven-course meal from a list of around 20 dishes. Half of the options are vegetarian. Baker initially planned to have a separate menu specifically for vegetarians, but reimagined the format to appeal to the many “vegetarians with exceptions” he encountered. “A lot of people would say, ‘Oh I’m a vegetarian, but I eat scallops.’ You’re not really a vegetarian, but whatever. It allows us to really approach that without judging, and you can do whatever you want.”

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