Posts Tagged ‘Equinox’

Don’t Be the Jerk Who Doesn’t Show Up for a Valentine’s Day Table You Booked

Dino owner Dean Gold has heard every excuse—real or not—about why you couldn’t show up for your dinner reservation. “‘Oh, you know, we had a medical emergency,’” says Gold, repeating one common refrain. “And we’ve heard insanely tragic ones. We heard someone had a miscarriage.” Some swear they cancelled last week, when, in fact, they […]

Pop Up? Pipe Down!

Lost Society, on U Street NW, is normally closed on Monday nights. But on a recent Monday evening, its dining room played host to 18 guests in a somewhat unusual arrangement. Seated around one long communal table, the diners ate dishes like popcorn soup, strawberry pasta, and a Ritz cracker ice cream with warm apple […]

Maryland Crab Fakes

Maryland jumbo lump crab cake appears three times on the menu at seafood-centric American restaurant P.J. Clarke’s, at 16th and K streets NW. “Do you know where the crab in the crab cake comes from?” I ask our server as I order the $34 entrée, which consists of two fist-sized patties with tartar sauce and […]

Equinox’s Karen Nicolas Named One of America’s Best New Chefs

Congrats to Karen Nicolas, executive chef at Todd Gray's Equinox—one of only a handful of lucky toques to be named among Food & Wine magazine's 2012 Best New Chefs in America. In a short write-up, the mag praises Nicolas for "[c]reatively shaking up one of DC’s iconic power restaurants." Full announcement below:

Who’s D.C.’s Best New Chef?

Recent Washington City Paper cover boy Mike Isabella of Graffiato is one of three D.C. nominees for "People's Best New Chef" honors, as voted by the public and presented by Food & Wine magazine. Among other Mid-Atlantic representatives, Karen Nicolas of Equinox and Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana are also in the running. Arlington gets a […]

What To Eat Tonight: Thunder’s Reindeer Burgers (It’s Your Last Chance To Taste Rudolph)

Tonight: Chef Todd Gray and wife-partner Ellen Gray of Equinox and Watershed host the 11th annual Sugar & Champagne charity event at Muse inside the Corcoran Gallery of Art, featuring all sorts of goodies from about 50 area restaurants. If you don't already have tickets, you're out of luck. The swanky soiree (priced at $90 […]

Indian-Style Lamb, Steak With Grits: Things to Expect at Unum, Opening Tonight

To say that the fate of new Georgetown eatery Unum hinged entirely on the outcome of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's 2010 election campaign is probably overstating things. But, sort of, anyway. At the time, chef Phillip Blane and wife Laura Schiller were shopping for restaurant spaces. Blane, a former sous chef at Todd Gray's Equinox, […]

What To Eat (And Drink) Today: Genever-Paired Grub at Belga Cafe, Wines Galore at 2100 Prime

Tonight, the newly rebranded 2100 Prime (ex-Jockey Club) caters a splashy—and I mean, splashy!—opening reception for the Capital Wine Festival at the Fairfax Hotel. Sip on samples from two Virginia wineries, Leesburg's Tarara Vineyards and Middleburg's Boxwood Vineyards, and some 45 others. Admission is $65 per person, with buffet fare included. Across town, Belga Cafe […]

This Weekend: Solstice Sustenance at Equinox, ‘Snow Day’ In Dupont & More

Tonight, Todd Gray hosts his annual winter solstice dinner at Equinox, this time featuring the culinary stylings of new executive chef Karen Nicolas. On the menu: soft-poached duck egg, pan-roasted turbot, and juniper-brined venison.( More details here.) Elsewhere this weekend, the annual holiday "Snow Day" bar crawl kicks off in Dupont on Saturday (no actual […]

The Proof Is In The Curry: Haidar Karoum Wins Capital Food Fight

Proof chef Haidar Karoum's lamb with spinach and coconut curry bested Watershed toque Todd Gray's potato latke with diced apple and ... well, something involving lamb. Honestly, it was pretty darn loud at last night's Capital Food Fight. I couldn't hear what Gray did with the lamb—and I was standing at the foot of the […]