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Oct 25, 2010 10:42 AM

Equinox or Hook?

I've been trying to find an availability for 5 people on Saturday night at a restaurant with sustainable/local/organic/yadda yadda yadda options. So far, only Equinox and Hook have openings.

Any preference between the two? Any other suggestions to fit the bill? Blue Duck, Founding Farmers (and their sister restaurant) and Nora are all booked.

Thanks in advance!

Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Ave., N.W, Washington, DC 20008

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

3241 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Equinox - DC
818 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20006

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  1. These are 2 very different restaurants- price wise, ambiance, food etc.

    If Equinox is in your price range, I would definitely go there. Besides using locally sourced, sustainable etc products, Chef Gray is also one of the only guys in town focusing on Mid-Atlantic cuisine.

    The service, food, wine and ambiance are some of the best in town.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Elyssa

      Thanks, Elyssa. I've been hesitant about Hook anyway, as even though I'm new to the area, I'm not much of a Georgetown fan. The restaurant was recommended by a co-worker.

      Equinox definitely sounds promising- and best yet, they have a table open before 10 pm!

      1. re: ejholland10

        Don't get me wrong...I really enjoy Hook. I just think Equinox is in a whole other league.

      2. re: Elyssa

        I actually have a very different opinion. I think Hook's food is great, but then again, I love seafood. Once I had a little spotty service and another time wonderful service. Equinox on the other hand I have not had such great experiences with food wise. I think the food is overrated and the sustainability can't be the only thing you sell yourself on. I have a lot of issues with paying close to $14 for a salad with just greens and balsamic. Hook is also a little more festive, which might be nice with a group of four.

      3. I had an experience at Hook that was funny since it was just my husband and I, but would have been *morifying* had I been with a large group of people.

        Also, my food was only okay and was generally over-sauced, seasoned, etc. Accompaniments were odd. I can't help think there are things that go with bluefish better than gaucamole.

        (Not sure about their meats, but Poste grows produce in their own garden and I'm sure they'd be happy to answer other questions about sustainability. I have had great experiences there, with the exception of their cocktail menu.)

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        1. re: Raids

          What was your mortifying experience?

          1. re: Elyssa

            We already discussed it, believe it or not, when you asked me about it last time. I can't get the link to paste in, so here's my previous post:

            "I had the worst restaurant experience that I have had in DC at Hook. The short(ish) version is that things on the menu were served not as described. We were very nice about explaining our issues and offering possible solutions, the staff agreed to redo the dish with the requested change (i.e. minus one particular sauce), but the kitchen messed up and did it the same way again. And they knew it. Anyway, it sat like that in the kitchen for five minutes or so, and eventually the manager picked it up, came out, shoved it in our faces and asked us to explain, again, what was wrong with it.

            I can understand that reaction in the first place, honestly. But we'd already been through that as politely as possible. This only happened because *they* messed up. We just kept it that time and the manager offered to comp it. I explained that wasn't necessary since we were there to use our Groupon (Living Social coupon?) anyway, at which point he should have just sent out free dessert or something. But no, he insisted that we save our Groupon for next time. So I paid $25 for a $50 Groupon that I haven't used, plus $40 out of pocket.
            Oh, FTR, I also watched a man knock his napkin off onto the floor when he was getting up. He didn't notice. A busboy did when he nearly tripped over it, so he picked it up and, yes, put it back on the guy's chair.

            But, that doesn't mean that somebody else wouldn't have a perfectly enjoyable experience, I'm sure. I just can't leave a recommendation hanging without a warning about what jerks they can be there."

            Reading this over, I don't think I really got across how nice everyone was about our issue with the sauce at first, and then how rude and smug they got after *they* screwed up. Before we even said anything about it! We never had the chance! Why on earth would they bring it out and shove it in our faces just to tell us that you screwed it up?

            I also have to ask: what is festive about Hook? The very large bar? I know that's where I'm going to end up using my $25 for $50 coupon.

        2. I also would pick Equinox if it is an option, or Blue Duck Tavern over Hook. I used to really like it, but I just haven't liked the food as much since Barton Seaver left.

          Blue Duck Tavern
          1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037