At last, Capitol Hill's appalling food and drink shortage has come to an end. I kid—but the two new arrivals opening their doors today appear quite promising.
This stylish new Broadway sibling to Tango and Rumba does "coffee corrected," the correction being the addition of booze. Caffeine and alcohol can be dubious companions, but the quartet of augmented espresso shots (currently the coffee is from Slate) absolutely nails it. The Il Futurismo, by way of example, is basically a Manhattan translated to coffee, with espresso standing in for whiskey, a Braulio amaro serving as vermouth, and a dash of Bob's Bitters. Don't neglect the Italocentric cocktail menu; bar manager Noah Momyer blew my mind with the Soliloquy in Cm, which uses muddled tomatoes to brilliant effect. Chef Laura Ligona handles the trattoria side of things; she came over from La Spiga, so I have high hopes for the ravioli and pasta.
Hours: Right now Corretto is open every day, from 4:30pm to 2am (address is 416 Broadway East). Fortunately brunch and coffee service are in the works; it would be a shame if that beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine only came out at night.
At the foot of the Collins apartment building at 13th and Pine dwells a sizable menu of ippin (Japanese small plates), grilled skewers, and other temptations like wagyu (seared, sliced, or chopped), tempura, and chicken karaage. Most plates are in the $7 range. In true izakaya fashion, Shibumi does not serve sushi, a question I'm sure Stapelman is tired of fielding. But! The dining room has a beautiful ramen bar and a generally serene vibe. Shibumi's owner Eric Stapelman is especially proud of the gyoza, the mizuna salad, and the tonkotsu ramen (a signature at his previous ramen restaurant in Santa Fe). It's accompanied by pork belly rather than the usual slices of char siu, which is typically a shoulder cut. Is there sake? Oh yes, lots of it, and a spirits menu that's just as lengthy as the food offerings. Here's Capitol Hill Seattle blog's original post about the restaurant. I can't stop looking at the menu, newly posted on Shibumi's website.
Hours: It's dinner service only, 5–10 Monday through Wednesday, and 5–11 Thursday through Saturday.