Monday, December 1, 2008

NYC: Beautiful Dinner at Jean Georges

Starting off my report on NYC this year with Jean Georges! Another Michelin 3-star tested. Last year I managed to hit Le Bernardin and Bouley, but this year I managed to hit so much more. Great trip, indeed.

At Jean Georges you can either get 3 courses+1 dessert prix fixe for $98, or one of their tasting menus (1 classic and 1 seasonal) for $148, which I believe was 5 courses+1 dessert. Their classic tasting menus included egg caviar, but since there was no foie gras involved in either of the tasting menus and since the other people in our group had dietary restrictions, we decided to go with the prix fixe and chose our own dishes.

The amuse bouche consisted of smoked salmon with cream sauce, chestnut soupBoth the salmon and the warm soup were great.

All four of us ended up getting the egg caviar for our first course, for $25 supplement.
Great eggs, and great caviar. I don't really know my caviar well enough to fully appreciate it though, but the egg preparation was wonderful.

Pan Seared Foie Gras with Fall Spices, Concord Grape.
Best. foie. gras. ever. Ever. I don't know what else to say. It's a simple preparation that really focuses on the foie gras, not the embellishments. The concord grape sauce complements it perfectly. And the foie gras. The foie gras!

One of the others got the Black Cod steamed with Hoshinmeji.

For my main entree I went with Smoked Squab a L'Orange, Asian pear, Candied Tamarind.
The squab was tender, much more so than any other squab I've had before, and had a very nice smoked flavor to it. The broth was subtle and takes a bit to appreciate, but it really grows on you and by the end you couldn't stop eating!

All three of my dining companions went with the Loin of lamb, spiced crumbs, fried eggplant, fig compote
They came bearing a cart and showed us the black trumpet-crusted lamb in a big piece. Upon our approval, they cut the lamb loin and plated it right in front of you. Wonderful touch to their service! The lamb was tender and delicious. This was a heavier, bolder-tasting dish than the squab, but both were great. Accompaniments worked very well with the main attraction.

For the dessert you choose a certain theme, and you get a tasting of 4 items. When we were there our theme choices were: Autumn, Chocolate, Apple, and Caramel.
Here's a photo of the Caramel that someone else ordered:

The Chocolate one consisted of: Jean Georges chocolate cake, vanilla bean ice cream, aerated chocolate sponge, chocolate gnocchi, chocolate soda
The chocolate sponge had a very interesting texture and just sorta disappears in your mouth. My favorite part of this one was the JG chocolate cake, which is just like a chocolate molten cake and was delicious.

Autumn: pear tart, persimmon ice cream, snow cone ... and some marshmallow-y tart that I wasn't sure about.
My favorite part of this dessert was the pear tart and persimmon ice cream:
Then came a slew of petit fours, from macarons, fresh cut marshmallows made in-house, fruit gelee and chocolates.

This was my favorite dinner while in New York. The food and service were both excellent, and so was the company. JG definitely deserves their three stars and I hope I'll get the chance to come back - maybe for their $25 lunches!

Jean Georges
1 Central Park West (at the Trump Tower)
New York, NY
(212) 299-3900
http://www.jean-georges.com/

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6 comments:

mattatouille

very nice! I can't see the pictures right now, but I'll look at them later. I want to go to JG one day.

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Great photos and post!!

Dine O Mite

The lunch is the best deal in New York. The Pea Soup is quite possibly the best single dish I've had in my life. The food, the atmosphere, and the service is wonderful. Glad you enjoyed it.

kevinEats

Where else did you go in NY?

I'll be going to NY in December, with Jean Georges and Le Bernardin already on the itinerary, and two more dinners yet to be determined.

burumun

Kevin:
This time I also went to Gramercy Tavern (excellent), Yakitori Totto (amazing), and Fleur de Sel ($29 3-course lunch daily).

Last year I went to Bouley which I also highly recommend!

Aji De Mani

i abs love Jean Georges! It's the best deal in town for lunch anyway. 2 courses for $28 and $12 per additional course.
great place to take someone for their birthday, as well (great bday dessert, along with many complimentary desserts).

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