After lunch, we went to see the National Gallery of Art. We enjoyed and appreciated the famous paintings, sculptures, photographs, and exquisite art from all over the world. The Gallery truly is a national treasure! We enjoyed seeing the Portrait of Ginevra Benci, the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in America. However, our favorite part of the museum was its famous sculpture garden, which was full of contemporary and whimsical works of art. Tired from our tour of the museum, we returned to our hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue to relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Washington Monument, Capital Building, and the Willard Hotel from our window.
Once rejuvenated, we were ready for a highly-anticipated dinner at chef Todd Gray’s restaurant, Equinox. While not exclusively a vegetarian / vegan restaurant, the warm and elegant restaurant has an entire section of the menu dedicated to plant-based culinary creations. We started off with a “hearts of palm” cake prepared in a delectable mint pea puree. For our main course, we ordered potato gnocchi with spring green garlic, black trumpet mushrooms, and asparagus as well as a cauliflower tempura with tahini vinaigrette and pomegranate molasses. All the food was not only original and plant-based, it was truly delicious.
We had the pleasure of meeting chef Gray during our visit – a passionate, humble, and incredibly talented chef – no wonder he has been nominated for the James Beard award. Chef also informed us that Equinox serves a vegan buffet-style brunch on Sunday’s with items like tofu scramble, gazpacho, and banana flapjacks with pineapple compote. We know where we are coming for brunch on our next D.C. getaway!
After dinner, we wrapped up our evening by checking out some vibrant lounges and strolling back to our hotel. It was a great day in a great city; looking forward to a return visit soon!