Having moved away from home in suburban New Jersey six years ago, I am always reminding my friends and family of my existence and my relevance in their lives. So when my cousin, Ravi, who is essentially another brother to me, and his wife, Khushbu, recently came to D.C., I couldn’t quite contain my excitement.
Being just a month apart in age, Ravi and I have had some epic arguments, heated Monopoly games, and wonderful summer vacations growing up. There is also no one quite like him when it comes to supporting my creative ambitions. Appropriately, as a vegetarian family, Ravi and his darling wife, Khushbu, joined me for a beautiful plant-based brunch at Equinox.
We were greeted prominently by Chef Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen, as we arrived. We began with an amuse bouche, a chilled smoothie with roasted rhubarb and pineapple. If brunch had ended right after that, I would have been satisfied. It was delicious!
I have mixed feelings when it comes to buffets, but this one seemed promising as it’s completely vegan. Equinox offers a full vegan brunch buffet priced affordably at $35. We started with an order of drinks before making our way to the buffet. With my go-to mimosas not offered, I was looking forward to being forced to try something different. I decided to give the Americano Vegano a chance. Priced at $10, the Prosecco, Campari, and Cointreau cocktail was equal parts strong and sweet. The hazelnut vanilla latte also called my name as I needed to wake up. Ravi and Khushbu both opted for a refreshing cucumber Collins with vodka, mint, and seltzer. It was a well-executed, classic take on the cocktail.