“Second, the chairs are really comfortable.”
“The deterioration would not deter me from going back but the last few dishes were not as good: a raw, tough squab and ordinary or outre desserts (sometimes beets should not be used in eveything).”
“There were flashes of brilliance in the food, especially in the cleverly imaginative (and very exciting) scallops in the winter seasonal menu and in the subliminal introduction of heat/spice in several of the starting dishes (chilli in the mushroom tea wa”
“The food was superb!”
“Highly recommend the tasting menu (we had the seasonal one).”
“Seriously, in such a nice restaurant, I find it hardly acceptable to be expected to wait 10 minutes to use the bathroom!”
“The service is great and so polite.”
“Overall, this place is overrated and way to expensive for the quality of food.”
“However, the service was horribly slow.”
Wonderful Lunch Menu. Had lunch here with a consultant and the food was absolutely fantastic. Although I did not pick up the bill, the prices looked excellent for the quality and I would definitely go here again.
Cool Restaurant. The space is really cool - great for a date night and they have an outdoor heated patio too. The food isn't mind blowing (for the most part) but definitely a solid all-around performance, including service. I ordered a great lobster tartine and I usually am not a lover of cake, but the chocolate cake...that actually was a 5 star dessert. The red snapper was perfect.
Our daughter treated us to lunch at Jean-Georges. (She had recently enjoyed a fabulous dinner there.) The food was superb! However, the service was horribly slow. We waited about twenty minutes before anyone came to our table (with water), forty minutes before our order was taken, and so one through a long afternoon. Our server might have been new or inexperienced or perhaps just lousy. In any case, he came with our food (finally) but never stopped to see if we needed anything else.
What was truly amazing, though, was the fact that there were many employees there, some of whom apparently were in charge of the room and service. They managed to look right through us as we tried to make eye contact with them. (We really were in need of food and drink!) None of the many employees could bestir himself/herself to ascertain why there were customers sitting at a table for so long without anything to eat. The wait staff certainly was not in the least concerned with the customers.
We had intended to purchase a gift certifcate for friends who often vist New York. Obviously, we would not want to send them to a place where the customer is treated so poorly by the wait staff.
We were delighted to read the description of each dish on the menu and chose the pre-fix dinner. One of the appetizer was sea-urchin (uni) with lemon and jalapeno. The uni was not fresh, all I could taste was the lemon and the jalapeno. Hoping to get better food for the main course, I was very excited to see the beautiful roll of the crunchy rabbit. My excitement, unfortunately, did not last long. The rabbit was very salty and was inedible. The very cordial waitress saw my barely touched dish and offered another dish. However, I was not interested and hoped that dessert would be better than my first two dishes. Well...
another dissappointment..Hope they have better food very soon...
Pigeon Food.. I don't like to criticize restaurants but I can't help but express that this one is just a little over rated. The food is o.k. at best, the ambience is nice, not spectaular, service is good, and the portions are miniscule. My wife and I enjoy really fine cuisine, wine and impeccable service, but we also like to be satisfied when we dine out. I have to say after dining at Jean Georges with 6 friends every one of us left hungry and the only one who truly enjoyed their selection was my wife and one other woman, they both had a scallop appetizer and lobster entree, which were actually quite good. I had a foie gras appetizer, I love foie gras, this one did not impress, there were too many veines running through it and it was roughly the size of silver dollar. My Arctic Char was tasteless and there was nothing on the plate with it, very dissappointing. I usually say give any restaurant a chance but if you want to spend $200 a person for dinner go to Babbo or Ramsey's or Wolfgang's, you can skip this one.
JEAN GEORGES? Not "one of the best in the world" on THIS night.... John George Vongerichten's flagship restaurant was on my list of resolutions for 2007. Having dined exquisitely at JoJo and Perry Street this year, my expectations were extremely high for my holiday treat to JEAN GEORGES. We arrived on time for our 10:30 seating..but found ourselves trapped in limbo between the main dining room's entrance and the bar at Nougatine. I had to dodge the servers that rushed by in order to avoid a collision. Once seated, I found the room not all that impressive. It looked like a glorified conference room. The colors are too muted and didn't provide any noteworthy atmosphere. As far as service goes, no complaints, what one expects from a 3-Star Michelin rating. All the glasses were refilled promptly, the silverware replaced after each course, and the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Our sommelier was especially impressive and engaging. We ordered the 4-course prix fixe menus. Sadly, there were a few misses. Our amuse bouche was unextraordianry. The garlic soup was runny and bland. The squab tasted good but was a bit rubbery and hard to cut. There were some strong, positive highlights.The signature scallops with caramelized cauliflower and raisin caper emulsion were as advertised..scrumptuous. A luscious foie gras brulee with dried cherries lived up to JEAN GEORGES' reputation. The roasted sweetbreads with grilled pear and lemon puree was a great dish but the pear somewhat overwhelmed the overall taste due to inadequate seasoning of the sweetbreads. The wine list is very expansive and many bottles are reasonably priced. We chose a very nice Portuguese Blanc which complemented our dishes well and lasted all the way to dessert. Pastry chef extraordinaire Johnny Iuzzini (formerly of Daniel) showcases his talents on a choice of well presented, expertly crafted, four course themed dessert menus (winter, apple, chocolate, citrus). On departure, I perused the accolades in the lobby and shook my head, "No, missed the mark tonight."
New York's four-star destination delivers the most exquisite of French fare with inspired global flavors..
In the rarefied world of fine French cuisine, few compare to Jean Georges' New York star. From the meal's palate-tingling amuse bouche opening to the parting gift of boxed chocolates, every moment feels effortlessly choreographed. The precise service still manages to be friendly, and the dining room's buzz proves that the financially well-endowed don't always live up to their stuffy stereotype.
Chef Mark Lapico and his team prepare all the fare to exacting standards. Dainty, flavorful sea scallops find their soul-mate with sweet caramelized cauliflower, and lobster (whether in a Gruyere-green chili or a lemongrass-fenugreek broth) has never been so succulent. Classic mains feel lively with global influences--the Asian pear and candied tamarinds are perfect foils for gamey squab, served very rare. And even vegetables impress: A dish of just-picked morels over fork-tender asparagus will have meat-eaters on their knees. Dessert is an encore itself, with diners choosing a theme that includes four separate wonders.
Hits: It's the seafood dishes that amaze with their just-cooked perfection. At every bite, you're aware that no corner has been cut, from sourcing to plating.
Misses: With food this fine, it's hard to quibble with the menu's high price, but the budget-conscious should beware as a meal for two can top $500.
Very Nice Upgrade-Still A1. Went to JG's for lunch. The dining room was redone. What a difference. The room looks more open and airy then before. The room was not compromised in this remodeling. If you are intimidated by fancy restaurants and their stuffiness and foo-foo decor, you will be at home here. For those who haven't been here. The dining room is a 3 sided glass box with floor to ceiling windows. The fourth wall encompasses a couple of alcoves for lovers to dine. It is a very understated, no frills room with the beautiful flowers on the tables as the only accents. The tables have very comfortable chairs and mini-couches surrounding them. The diners shouldn't feel short changed by their placement in this room. I had the delectable Ribbon Tuna and a repeat of the wonderfully sweet Corn Ravioli for lunch. This was paired with a lightly sweet Riesling. (My choice). The cuisine at this restaurant has an light Asian flare. Most dishes have either a hint of spice or sweetness that makes the dishes stands out. The chef marries fruits with spices to get his original take on fish, foie gras, poultry, game and beef. As always, the servers were friendly and assertive. We chatted extensively about the enhancements to the dining room. They seem to react to body language and know when to come over and when to stay away. The way the dining room has the server stations set up, eliminates the need for unnecessary, noisy foot traffic across the room. This makes for a very calm, peaceful dining experience. The staff at this restaurant really cares how you feel while in their dining room. The only thing I cannot convey enough: make sure you are booking a reservation in the FORMAL DINING ROOM. The bar/lounge area called Nougatine sometimes gets treated as it were Jean Georges. It isn't. They have their own menu, wait staff, and the kitchen is in the basement. Jean Georges is : more comfy than Daniel, cheaper than Per Se, better service than Le Bernardin. In my opinioin-It is the best.
Great food, but not Per Se.
Last weekend, I took my boyfriend out to a birthday dinner at Jean
Georges where he had the classic JG tasting menu and I had the seasonal tasting menu. Since we've been to both Per Se and Le Bernardin, we had a very high expectation for JG. The results, I must say, was mixed. Some of the dishes, such as the lobster tartine, young garlic soup, and the turbot were absolutely top-notch: perfectly cooked, extraordinarily flavorful, and superbly textured. I enjoyed the desserts, especially the playful marshmallow squares. Other dishes, while generally excellent, never reached the culinary wonders of Per Se or the pure freshness of Le Bernardin.
However, my biggest complain is with the service. Although professional, it didn't have the same sort of exquisite attentiveness that I experienced at the previous two restaurants. The worst offense was the restroom; it was small, inelegant, and was out of toilet paper. JG is good, but definitely not Per Se or Le Bernardin in terms of the overall dining experience.
Not memorable food and average service for an exorbitant price. Four of us went to dinner at Jean Georges' fancy dining room on Saturday night and I must say, I was really disappointed. The service was not so great. So many times they didn't come by to refill our wine glasses, even though there were tons of waiters hanging around. We felt like our main waiter was in very much of a hurry, speaking so fast when explaining each course that we'd have to ask him to repeat a couple times. And it's not like the room was packed - it was a slow night since it was a holiday weekend. The food wasn't that wonderful. We got the tasting menu and my main memory was that a lot of dishes were too salty. The portions were quite large, so by the middle of the 7 course meal we were quite full. Only one course stands out in my mind, the foie gras with roasted strawberries and that was an additional course that we paid extra to have (in addition to the ~$200 tasting menu). I've eaten at 3 star Michelin restaurants before, and Jean Georges seemed more in line with a 1 star rating.
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