100 Best Restaurants 2008: Equinox
No. 63: Equinox
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Equinox
Address: 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-331-8118
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30, and Sunday 5:30 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut North, Farragut West
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Sweet-corn veloute; soft-shell crab in any preparation; crab springrolls; shrimp and grits; gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms; Arctic char; scallops with artichokes; macaroni and cheese.
Price Details: Starters $12 to $15, entrées $28 to $34.

Cuisine: Chef/owner Todd Gray has long been at the forefront of cooking with ingredients both local and organic—many of the foodstuffs on his contemporary American menu are from artisanal producers and small farms in the region.

Mood: Suits from the White House and nearby think tanks know the glass-enclosed patio is a place to see and be seen, while the dining room, in earth tones with antiques and oversize vases of flowers, is a snug spot for serious powwows.

Best for: A client lunch or dinner.

Best dishes: Sweet-pepper salad with capers and honey balsamic vinegar; kabocha-squash soup with pancetta and pumpkin seeds; salty panko-crusted skate wing with sweet parsnip purée; egg fettuccine with shaved Alba truffles and forest mushrooms; “cassoulet,” lamb three ways; house-made sorbets including blood orange and pineapple.

Insider tips: Gray has a way with vegetables, salads, and sides, which show produce and artisanal ingredients to best advantage. Even in the deconstructed coq au vin, the vegetables steal the show.

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