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18 Negronis to Knock Back Right Now 
Never be without the classic Italian cocktail again. 
April 21, 2017

Hotels Promote Rooftops, Patios, Pools to Help Locals Soak Up Spring 
DNV Rooftop at Kimptom’s Donovan Hotel on 14th Street, NW, offers not only views of Thomas Circle but boozy ice pops called Selfie Sticks and cocktails served in a whole coconut. 
April 3, 2017

DC Japanophiles Flock to “Streets of Osaka”
The evening’s festivities kicked off in style with a VIP reception from 5-6:30pm. Guests were greeted with a warm “Irasshiamase” from Chef Yo and Chef Nobu, and invited to join the chefs in their street food stalls to personally hear how each dish was made. VIP attendees also learned to roll sushi from Zentan’s classically-trained sushi chef Lin ZhenQun while sipping “Osaka Punch,” a cocktail from Lead Bartender Matt Allred.
March 27, 2017

Travel with your taste buds: Street food shines in DC
The next time you want to explore a corner of the globe without leaving the city, check out these local spots serving street-food favorites and let your taste buds do the traveling.
March 17, 2017

Wednesday, we went to Streets of Osaka at Zentan next to the Kimpton Donovan Hotel. We snapped Zentan executive chef Yo Matsuzaki and executive chef Nobu Yamazaki of Michelin-starred Sushi Taro, who collaborated on the event celebrating street culture from Japan. Zentan was transformed into a lively, Osakan street festival complete with food stalls, shochu and sake tastings, sushi, sumo watching, art pieces, and live street music.
March 16, 2017

This Town is Poppin’ (Up)
Japanese chefs Yo Matsuzaki of Zentan and Nobu Yamazaki of Sushi Taro will bring the flavors of Osaka to DC for a one-night indoor street festival. Tickets are $45 for general admission, and $60 for VIP.
March 4, 2017

It's Groundhog Day! Top DC Foodies Reveal What They Would Eat if They Had to Go "Full Bill Murray" And Relive Everyday
Top DC foodies reveal what dish they could eat for perpetuity
February 2, 2017

Black Magic
Because charcoal in small quantities doesn’t impart much flavor, bartender Matt Allred of D.C.’s Zentan didn’t think twice about using it in the Death Before Dinner, a jet-black spin on the Hemingway daiquiri. “It’s totally cosmetic, and we’re not ashamed to say it, because people love it,” he says. “Anytime you can put a smile on someone’s face, you’re winning.”
January 2017

Top 5 Sushi This Winter
Chef Yo Matsuzaki makes elegant Japanese cuisine approachable with his version of his own childhood favorites. Begin with rich braised pork belly or wagyu beef, and end with refreshing plates of sashimi and nigiri.
December 16, 2016

Soup In Your Drink: 5 Broth Cocktails
Thanksgiving is over, but hopefully you saved some of the turkey bones so you can make a broth. And then you can put that broth into a cocktail. Yep, you heard that right: broth in a cocktail.
December 8, 2016

Take Flight
Why serve one signature cocktail at your [wedding] reception when you can shake up three? Couples are skipping the specialty drink in favor of cool cocktail flights.
December 2016

Where to Eat Like Michelle Obama in D.C.
Eater DC says President Obama's love of burgers is well-documented. So for this map, let's turn to the restaurants in the Washington area that Michelle Obama has visited over her past six years in Washington. MObama has a knack for picking both hot new restaurants and classic places, particularly those with a farm-to-table bent.
November 29, 2016

A Dozen Dazzling Black Wednesday Recipes
Nightclub & Bar thinks the 'Death Before Dinner' may sound a bit macabre for a Thanksgiving cocktail but it’s just right for Black Wednesday, created by Matt Allred for Zentan in Washington DC.
November 15, 2016

Top 5 Tasty Matcha Treats
DC Modern Luxury says Zentan puts its own spin on the traditional, yet often predictable, dessert with a punch of bright green tea. A scoop of Vietnamese coffee ice cream provides an extra dose of caffeine.
September 15, 2016

WTOP’s 2016 Top 10 winners
WTOP asked readers and listeners to vote on their favorite businesses in the D.C. area — from the best burger joints to the most beloved bookstores.
September 12, 2016

Introducing Sumo Stew: The Foodie Event for Japanophiles
The Washington City is calling all Harajuku girls, otaku boys, and just about anyone who's a fan of Japan.
August 23, 2016

Things to Do in DC this Weekend
The Washingtonian shares the Things to Do in DC this Weekend (August 4-7): All-You-Can-Eat Burgers, Drinking with Dogs, and a 1,000-Foot Waterslide.
August 4, 2016

Best Scallops In Washington DC
CBS DC says the popularity of scallops among seafood eaters has grown steadily in recent years. It addition to its appealing flavor, it is considered a very healthy seafood — high in protein and nutrient-rich.
August 3, 2016

DNV Rooftop Brunch
Bitches Who Brunch says "after a Saturday night out that turned a bit hazy, we needed a quiet place to lick our wounds and possibly indulge in a little hair of the dog. DNV, the Donovan House hotel’s rooftop, invited us in for brunch and the timing could not have been better."
August 2, 2016

Shrimp and Grits with DNV Restaurant
WUSA9 says Chef Yo Matsuzaki, executive chef at DNV Rooftop, shows how to make the perfect grits.
July 21, 2016

Relive Childhood with These Nostalgic Desserts
 Eater DC knows wanting to grow up faster is the hallmark of childhood. But seriously, kids don’t know how good they have it. Sure, it’s great not having to pay bills, argue about politics, or commute to work via Metro every morning.
July 19, 2016

About Tonight: July 19, 2016
DCist talks about Cars, Beach Boys, and Chefs. Find out how well chefs can mix drinks during the return of Chefs Behind Bars, a benefit for No Kid Hungry.
July 19, 2016

Things to Do in DC This Week (July 18-20): Gypsy-Jazz, A Rocky Horror Singalong, and Belgian Beers
The Washingtonian talks about a palate cleanse: six of the area’s culinary masters are giving mixology a try as part of the benefit competition Chefs Behind Bars at DNZ Rooftop (pictured).
July 18, 2016

11 things to do in the D.C. area the week of July 18-22
The Washington Post has the list of things to do in D.C.
July 18, 2016

This Week in DC: July 18-24
Bitches Who Brunch are SO excited for Belgian Restaurant Week! Up next, there’s the 7 for 7 Dinner and Foute Party. When you’re not partying with Belgians, head to happy hours, Brew At The Zoo, and brunch.
July 18, 2016

This Summer, Keep It Chill with Frozen Drinks
The Washington Post likes to keep it chill.
July 8, 2016

6 Rooftop Bars to Cool You off This Summer
Capitol File Magazine thinks wining and dining out should never mean spending laid-back summer evenings indoors. Have fun from morning to night under the sun with these six rooftop bar spots in DC.
July 7, 2016

These Cherry Coke and Creamsicle Cocktails Are Making Us Feel Like Kids Again (Where's That Fake ID?)
Bravo says as grown-ups (or should we say "grown-ups"), we've never managed to get over our taste for popsicles, floats, cereal and certain retro sodas. And thanks to the new wave of nostalgia-soaked cocktails, we don't even have to try. Here, six favorite 21-and-over drinks that balance sophistication with a slew of deliciously juvenile-inspired inspirations.
July 6, 2016

D.C. Aims High with Rise of Hotel Rooftops
The Washington Diplomat says in D.C., the places to be are movin’ on up. For too long, D.C.’s streets have had all the fun. Now it’s the rooftops’ turn. Until recently, most hotels didn’t make use of the space above the top floor, but that’s changing now — and rapidly.
July 1, 2016

8 Boozy Cocktails That Will Remind You of Your Favorite Childhood Treats
Food & Wine has the recipie for Red Sangria 'Selfie Stick' (Icy Pops/Otter Pops) from DNV Rooftop Lounge.
June 29, 2016

Love frozen cocktails? Head to 14th Street NW.
Washington Post features summer drinks at DNV rooftop pool bar including the The Text Your Ex Slush.
June 21, 2016

Find Barbecue From Around the World Without Leaving Home
Chef Yo Matsuzakis robata grill at Zentan enables him to cook traditional Japanese kushi (skewers).
June 15, 2016

DC Hotel Pools Open to the Public for Swimming and Partying
The Washingtonian recommends drinking summery cocktails and having brunch by the pool at the DNV Rooftop Lounge.
May 27, 2016

Celebrate Outdoor Drinking Season at DC's Best Rooftop Bars
Thrillist DC is in heaven at DNV rooftop bar. Featuring the best views of the city, happy hour, snacks, and live music.
May 24, 2016

5 Brunches to Try This Weekend
Brightest Young Things wants to sip cocktails beside the DNV rooftop pool and enjoy brunch with a view.
May 19, 2016

Spring into rooftop season at these top spots
USA Today highlights DNV Rooftop Lounge bar fare, weekend brunch, drinks and events overlooking the nation's capitol.
May 18, 2016

10 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars in DC
Zagat DC views the DNV rooftop bar as a Hollywood movie scene, both laid-back and sophisticated with its pool and a beach-getaway feel.
May 16, 2016

5 Rooftops to Get You in the Summer Mood
DC Modern Luxury touts stunning views and poolside dining at the DNV rooftop on top of the Donovan Hotel.
May 12, 2016

Cocktails Take Flight
Wine Enthusiast features head bartender Matt Allred’s collection of wee-sized tipples.
May 5, 2016

Zentan’s Chef Shares a Traditional Bento Box
Edible DC highlights Chef Yo and his traditional bento box for cherry blossom season.
March 22, 2016 – Edible DC

Cheers to the Weekend: The Japanese
Matt Allred joins FOX 5 News to mix up a drink called “The Japanese” from his chotto ippai cocktail flight.
March 18, 2016 – FOX 5 DC

Zentan’s Chirashi Bowl is Worth a Try

Washington Post features Chef Yo’s chirashi bowl for its fun and filling ingredients.
February 11, 2016 – Washington Post

Zagat DC: 6 New Tasting Menus to Try in DC
Chef Yo Matsuzaki’s kuidaore menu highlighted as a new tasting menu to try.
January 11, 2016

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