Dining at Juni is an extraordinary experience, from the superb food to the flawless service to the comfortable seating and serene ambience. Everyone at Juni made us feel like honored guests. The topper on the cake is the brilliant and engaging chef Shaun Hergatt. We've dined at all of the top restaurants in NYC (Per Se, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Jean-Georges, Eleven Madison, etc.) more than once, and in some cases several times, without ever meeting the chefs, but at Juni we met Chef Shaun on both visits and he greeted us warmly on our return and shared his thoughts about his creative process. For us it's mainly about the food, and if it wasn't superb, a charismatic chef would not make us rave, but Juni is the real deal - creative delicious food, excellent wine and enough buzz, space and peace to enjoy a private conversation with your dining companion(s), without being so hushed that you feel like you're in a library.
On both visits we had the chef's tasting menu and were delighted with every bite, from the brilliant amuse-bouches to the final sweets. Chef Shaun even threw in an extra course that he especially wanted us to try on our second visit. This is quickly becoming our favorite fine dining restaurant in Manhattan. It's expensive, but worth the cost.
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