After a long winter of curbside pickup and a fresh coat of paint, Germantown’s gastronomic crown jewel, Gaskins, finally opens back up to the public for outdoor dining starting May 13. They will offer dinner Thursday through Sunday, for reservation or walk-ins. This mid-spring menu offers tasty, seasonal appetizers like the burrata served with housemade focaccia, charred nettle pesto, and fiddlehead ferns ($18), or the pork belly served with charred ramps, labne, chow chow, and citrus ($18).
In the entree department, the seared duck breast shines, served with pickled rhubarb, sorrel, greens black currant jus, and crispy sunchoke over a bead of farro ($27). In a pasta sorta mood? Try the bucatini and ramps with ricotta, guanciale, parmiggiano, and cracked black pepper ($25). Vegans and vegetarians: make a beeline for the roasted oyster, served with braised leek, crispy black rice, miso, herbs, hakurei, and chili. Need more convincing? Browse the full menu here.
While some tables will be saved for walk-ins, the outdoor patio is not huge, so reserve your table to avoid disappointment. Booking via Resy will open on May 6. And in the meantime, they are still offering takeout Thursday through Sunday.
And if you still need to come up with a plan to wow mom/wife/daughter/friend, Gaskins is offering $50 picnic baskets for two for Mother’s Day for online preorder. The baskets include a Spanish tortilla (like a potato and egg frittata), ramps, asparagus, potato, paprika aioli, chicken liver pate, sparrowbush rye bread, pickled rhubarb, mustard, spring greens, radishes, chile, saffron citrus vinaigrette––and for dessert an almond lemon thumbprint cookie with blackberry jam, and a double chocolate espresso cookie.
There is also a vegetarian basket with mini Kunik (triple cream cow and goat cheese) from Nettle Meadow creamery, rye bread, pickled rhubarb, mustard, spring greens, radishes, chile, and saffron citrus vinaigrette also for $50. For drinks, they are offering Bottle Paper Plane cocktails for two with bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon––and for wine a Les Tetes Tete Rose, Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet 2019 (a Gaskin favorite), and a Cantina Furlani Bianco Alpino. And don’t forget to treat your mom to a bouquet of tulips and narcissus from Foxtrot Farm—a local flower farm in Stanfordville.
All Mother’s Day picnic basket orders must be in by May 5 at 5pm for pick-up Saturday May 8 at the restaurant between 5pm and 9pm.