There’s nothing like a new restaurant springing up to get a foodie’s juices salivating. On November 17, one of the top chefs in D.C., Todd Gray, gave foodies something new.
Chef Gray, known for the excellent Equinox restautrant has brought his culinary sensibilities to the recently opened Museum Of the Bible. Manna is populated with mediterrean fare; many inspired by Gray’s co-owner and wife, Ellen Kassoff-Gray who has spent considerable time in Israel, the Holy Land of the Bible. According to Eater, Gray spent nearly two weeks in Israel this past March researching the culinary techniques and traditional flavors indigenous to the region.
Manna is a 165-seat restaurant and has a casual ambiance. , with visitors picking their base, their protein, their toppings and their dressings. There are also flatbreads, pita and dips and soups. Much of the food is inspired by the vegetable-heavy diet Kassoff-Gray remembers from living in Israel.
The menu is filled withe lots of plant based food which makes the restaurant a great choice for meat lovers as wellk as vegetarians and vegans. As a southern, my sites were set on the Tahini grits. It didn’t take long to realize it was an excellent choice. The grits were nicely sesaoned with cumin and lemon. Other wonderful morsels included pumpkin falafel, yogurt-brined rotisserie chicken; vegan chili with white beans; lamb meatballs with caramelized onions and mint; and lots more.
The Grays also run Milk & Honey cafe at the Museum of the Bible. Milk and Honey is located on the fourth floor and features Churchill Coffee, espresso drinks and teas. It’s a nice spot to pop in and grab a sandwiche, salads and hummus with pita chips. Milk and Honey also offers soft-serve ice cream and yogurt plus an assortment of house-made baked goods.
Manna is open to the general public Monday – Saturday from 10am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. Be sure to make this a stop when you visit the Museum of the Bible. It’s more than worth it!