200 Washington Street is thriving again, with the arrival of birch. Owner’s Ben and Heidi Sukle have built a menu that balances adventure with tradition, enhancing nature’s finest flavors. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Ben has worked as the Chef de Cuisine at La Laiterie and most recently at The Dorrance, where he was twice nominated as Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef. With all of that on the resume, you know you’re in for quite the treat at birch.
birch gets its name from childhood nostalgia, a love of birch beer and the fact that a birch tree starts at its roots â€“ birch takes a “from the roots up” approach to their cuisine, drinks and guests. The restaurant itself only seats about 20 patrons, allowing for an intimate and relaxed dining experience. The menu is nothing short of amazing, with a creative variety of starters and main courses. You could start your evening off with Kenyon’s Cornmeal Hush Puppies with honey and ranch dressing or why not try the savory Warm-Buttered Sweet Peas, served with clams, green strawberries, and Jasmine rice. For the main courses, why not try the Block Island Striped Bass, served with mussels, hakurei turnips, escarole and lovage? Or try the Crispy Vermont Quail with sugar snap peas, shiitake, and corianders. Whatever your taste, birch is bound to be a warm, intimate and exciting experience.
birch is open and serves food from Thursdays through Tuesday, closed Wednesday, from 5pm-12pm. they are located at 200 Washington Street.