TYSONS CORNER isn't exactly where I would expect to find Broadway Danny Rose, but I'm willing to change my mind. New York's most famous deli (and Danny's film-set hangout), the Carnegie, is opening at Embassy Suites in Tysons Corner any day now. Thus we finally have a shot at getting the deli of our dreams. Owner Leo Steiner is promising to bring Carnegie's own house-made pastrami, corned beef, tongue, salami, kishka, half-sour and new pickles and chocolate rugelach cheesecake.
New York bagels? "That goes without saying," said Steiner. The unsolved problem, he admitted, is where to get good rye bread. "We're going to find a good local bakery," claimed Steiner. I'll believe it when I taste it.
Carnegie has been spreading itself around in the past few years, opening branches in Secaucus and Atlantic City, N.J., then opening and closing in Florida. The Tysons chef is coming from the now-defunct Florida branch, and the food is coming from the Secaucus branch. Like the other branch operations, Tysons Carnegie is going to have a big Sunday brunch buffet.
Whatever persuaded Steiner to open here? His friend Warner LeRoy of Potomac told him Washington is a terrific market.
OFF THE BEACH --
Another restaurant branching into Washington is 21 Federal of Nantucket. The chef-owner is Robert Kinkead, who followed in the foodsteps of Lydia Shire and Jim Burke as chef of the Harvest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then opened his own Nantucket restaurant three years ago. Now he's putting that one in the hands of his sous chef and moving to Washington to take over the L Street site of Boccaccio.
21 Federal is a New American restaurant, concentrating on local fresh ingredients. But Kinkead is also planning to bring in Nantucket's celebrated bay scallops and tiny oysters, as well as fresh ducks, pheasants and quail grown on the island. From time to time he will serve Nantucket's beach plums and sea pickles, and he intends to feature Massachusetts farmhouse cheeses.
"I like to do a lot of things with different types of cooking processes," said Kinkead. Thus the restaurant will have a rotisserie and grill, but he will also use steaming, roasting and clay cookery. All this should be in place by mid-November.
BIRTHDAY SURPRISE --
The diner figured, when she got notice of an unpaid parking ticket, it must have been Terrazza restaurant's valet parking that was responsible for the offense. It was issued the night of her birthday dinner. Eventually the ticket was straightened out by Terrazza paying it, but along the way she discovered that some restaurant carhops regularly park patrons' cars illegally and tear up the tickets.
"We usually pay. If they get a ticket because of us we pay," said Terrazza's bookkeeper, Fatima Osman. How often are such tickets issued to Terrazza's patrons? "I'm not authorized to discuss with you how many parking tickets we get," she said. Andcity officials couldn't say, since the tickets are issued in the car owner's name, not the restaurant's. But one source claimed that a couple of restaurants were repeat offenders, and another pointed out that only a couple of restaurants in Alexandria offer valet parking.