Fitness-friendly brunch: Kick start your healthy goals this New Year at chef Todd Gray’s Equinox. From noon to 3pm, the restaurant will host their New Year’s Day Detox & Renew brunch with items such as ginger-pineapple crepes and pita toasts with lemon-pistachio hummus. The meal is $35 for adults, $15 kids 12 and under.
Since opening in 1999, Chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen have set the standard for sustainable, seasonal food in the nation's capitol. (Gray goes as far to source ingredients grown within 100 miles of the restaurant.) But what's most impressive are the terrific options for vegans. In fact, the daily tasting menu and Sunday brunch buffet are so inventive and indulgent, even the most dedicated meat eaters won't feel like they're missing out...
Fresh shipments of white truffles means lots of new options at the high-end eatery. Think shaved white truffles over appetizers like warm quail eggs cooked in brioche on a truffled fonduta or Agnolotti of Kambocha Squash ($45 each). For entrees, there's a $65 white truffle risotto with duck confit. Additionally, any dishes on the menu can be truffled for a $35 supplement.
But Equinox (818 Connecticut Ave. N.W.) aims to change that with a series of themed Sunday evening menus that will, by comparison, set you back just $45 per person, plus an additional $20 if you go for the wine pairings, not including tax and gratuity. Even so, it’s a price point that could easily come in under $100 each.
Todd Gray’s seasonal dining room near the White House offers a new four-course tasting menu Sunday nights from 5:30–9 PM this fall that explores different regions of Italy. Diners will try four courses for $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), with the option of adding wine pairings for $20. October highlights the cuisine of Umbria, and vegetarian and vegan options are available. The menu can be seen here.