100 Best Restaurants 2012: Equinox
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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.

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Chef/owner Todd Gray's spruced-up dining room--renovated after a fire two years ago--is at the center of the area's seasonal-cooking movement, and the menu is regularly tweaked to reflect what's available from the farm. It also draws inspiration from the Mid-Atlantic, whether the Eastern Shore or Virginia's Piedmont. Equinox's proximity to the White House means that chairs are often filled with VIPs--the President and First Lady have visited--and the place has plenty of regulars. You'll often see Gray chatting up the dining room.

What to get: Oysters on the half shell; poached-pear salad with a quail egg; shrimp and grits; any soup, such as cream of curried cauliflower; rosemary-roasted bison with sweetbreads; truffled macaroni and cheese; the signature crabcake; figs with toasted hazelnuts and fig-leaf ice cream.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Very expensive.

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