If you watched the premier of Real Housewives of D.C. last night, you noticed a few of the local spots the ladies visited. In fact, “Mary” held her birthday party at Equinox Restaurant on Connecticut Avenue. Decorated with a chic new interior boasting clean modern lines, Equinox offers a seasonal and regionally inspired menu of sophisticated American cuisine and is a lovely setting for a private party.
Chef Todd Gray, having opened Equinox 10 years ago, is a passionate promoter of mid-Atlantic ingredients. Raised in Virginia, Gray stays true to his roots by using community-farmed, organic ingredients grown within 100 miles of the restaurant whenever possible. He then uses classical Italian techniques to create the distinctive cuisine of Equinox.
Some of the dinner menu options at Equinox include:
For the table:
- Crispy Moulard Duck Spring Rolls with Caramelized Onions and Maple-Soy Sauce
- Equinox Truffled Risotto Fritters with Chive Crème Fraiche and Parmesan Reggiano
- Grilled Portuguese Sardines with Tomatillo Coulis, Black Beans, and Cilantro Butter
- Hand Pulled Mozzarella and Tidewater Tomatoes
- Hand Rolled Spinach Cavatelli with Burgundy Escargot
- Thyme Marinated Caribbean Cobia Filet with Grilled Maitaki Mushrooms, Fresh Lemon, and Tuscan Olive Oil
- Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apache Blackberry Sorbet and Jubilee Blueberries
- White Peach Parfait with White Chocolate Mousse, Compressed Peaches, and White Peach Sorbet
Gray has earned many awards for his artistry and inspired menu combinations, including the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) 2008 award for Best Fine Dining; five nominations for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic award and eight nominations for RAMW’s Chef of the Year. Other honors include top ratings in the ZAGAT Guide Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence six years in a row and numerous Awards of Excellence from the Distinguished Restaurants of North America.
Equinox has several spaces available for private parties (“Mary’s” party was in the atrium, by the way):
The Atrium (pictured) can accommodate both small and large parties (up to 65 guests). The fireplace and textured glass provide naturalistic elements to create an urban feeling in the space, and it is positioned directly on the street to allow your guests to experience the restaurant’s close proximity to the White House and other D.C. landmarks.
The Main Dining Room is generally a little quieter and offers an atmosphere that encourages a leisurely dinner or a quick power lunch. The booths and smaller tables can be more intimate, though larger parties can also be accommodated in the space.
The Private Wine Room is just off the main dining room and can be closed off completely for smaller private affairs up to 12. Wines lining the wall provide the atmosphere of dining in an exclusive cellar with warm and romantic lighting.
If you would like to plan a private event at Equinox, click here for their online private dining request form. A private dining coordinator will contact you to set up details. But you’d better hurry – the demand for space at Equinox is sure to heat up after last night!
818 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006