I can sum up most of the food at Equinox in one word: precious. Example: A tiny appetizer of malpeque oysters was served on six bizarre spoons. It would not have been out of place at the Hirshorn.
One exception: a side order of broccoli-rabe. Full of flavor (I would say gutsy except I hate that word when restaurant reviewers apply it to food), and a good portion. Also, some of the meat entrees at other tables (pork loin, etc.) looked more substantial.
The bread was excellent BUT instead of a bread bowl or plate on the table, someone brings it around and you choose from three kinds. So, if you want more, you have to make a minor scene and ask for the bread person to come back. Also, they make you play a bit of a shell game to find the butter.
I suspect I am not the only person who has left Equinox hungry after lunch.
If I had $100 to blow, I'd go back by myself, get a corner table, and tell the bread person to stay close by. The front room is nice and airy -- it's a good place to eat on a nice sunny day.
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