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NKOTB 3.0 returns on Sunday, October 8 at Mess Hall, featuring a onetime only opportunity to  taste of 11 of DC’s most hyped new restaurants by the city’s buzziest chefs – before they open. Guests will sample signature dishes and drinks from Erik Bruner-Yang’s Spoken English/Brothers & Sisters, Alex McCoy’s Lucky Buns, Maydan from Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, Todd Gray’s Manna, Pluma by Bluebird from Tom Welling and Camila Arango, and much more. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

How you can try 11 of the city's most hyped restaurants before they even open

How often can you say that you tried the hottest new restaurant before it was even open to the public? Well, the lucky attendees of this weekend's third edition of New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB) will be able to say that about ELEVEN of the city's most hyped restaurants.

The opportunity is really a win-win for both diners and participating chefs, as diners are treated to a very exclusive sneak peek of highly anticipated restaurants, while chefs are given an opportunity to try out their menu and work out any kinks before officially opening. This is the third edition of NKOTB, and guests at NKOTB 2.0 were treated to sips and nibbles from hotspots such as The Salt Line, Taqueria del Barrio, Reverie, Lupo Verde and Rasa. Our photographer was among the lucky guests last go around and couldn't stop talking about The Salt Line and Reverie when she returned to the office!

Of course it's not a foodie event without a few libations to wash down all the yummy nibbles and NKOTB 3.0 does not disappoint. Local spirits from New Columbia Distillers, Catoctin Creek Distillery, One Eight Distilling and Wodka Vodka will power the cocktails. In between all your eating and drinking, make sure you take a moment to view the food-focused artworks from DC-based illustrator Samyuktha Krishna -- all the art will be available for purchase.

The full NKOTB 3.0 line-up is:

  • Spoken English/Brothers & Sisters from Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto, Paper Horse)
  • Lucky Buns from Alex McCoy (Alfie’s, Duke’s Grocery)
  • Maydan from Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan (Compass Rose)
  • Bindaas (Foggy Bottom) from Vikram Sundaram (Rasika)
  • Pluma by Bluebird from Tom Welling and Camila Arango (Fiola, Adour)
  • Manna from Todd Gray (Equinox)
  • Chloe from Haidar Karoum (Proof)
  • Coconut Club from Adam Greenberg (Barcelona)
  • The Eleanor from Adam Douglas Stein (Red’s Table)
  • Dorjee Momo from Dorjee Tsering
  • Cured from Chris Johnson and James Brosch

NKOTB 3.0, Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood St NE, Sunday, October 8, two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., tickets start at $65,