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“Never mind Michelin...”
Review of Jean Georges

Jean Georges
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Ranked #117 of 14,216 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $170
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 60th and 61st Streets
Transit: A C, B, D, or 1 line to 59th Street Columbus Circle.
Description: Jean-Georges opened in 1997 to critical acclaim. The jewel of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s empire, the restaurant offers the very best in fine dining. Consistently awarded four stars by the New York Times and three Michelin stars, Jean-Georges presents exquisitely crafted dishes blending French, American, and Asian influences. The local farmer’s market is the driving force behind the seasonal, ever-changing menu. Chef Jean-Georges is a master at maintaining the essence of ingredients while using them inventively to produce the best flavor. Jean-Georges’ chic and intimate dining room was redesigned by Thomas Juul-Hansen, with striking lighting by L’Observatoire. Impeccable service, tableside preparations, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Central Park and Columbus Circle all contribute to an unforgettable dining experience. Jean-Georges offers a three-course prix-fixe menu and two six-course tasting menus: a traditional tasting of the chef’s signature dishes, and a seasonal tasting featuring fresh market ingredients. The prix-fixe and tasting menus are available Monday through Sunday for dinner. The restaurant also offers a two-course lunch menu for a terrific value. Gentleman are required to wear a jacket. No jeans, sweatshirts or sneakers allowed. Tie is not required.
Reviewed November 14, 2012

I honestly have no idea how this compares to other *** restaurants in NYC or anywhere else. I can say I've had equally good food in more casual places, but the overall experience here is still on another level.

I'm not sure if my inner cheapskate could handle the full tasting-menu experience, but the lunch prix fixe was excellent. Top-notch ingredients, thoughtful combinations, perfect preparation, and some surprisingly rustic touches -- this is not trendy "molecular" cooking complete with pretentiously artistic trompe-l'oeil presentations. It's a bit more old-school than that, focusing on relatively simple recipes that highlight great ingredients and well-balanced, interesting combinations of flavours. Yet it is not old-fashioned either. All things considered, a very satisfying meal. (FWIW: Gulf shrimp w/ saffron sauce, sea bass with wild mushrooms & Banyls-based sauce [more of a scrumptious broth], snapper carpaccio w/ daikon, pork confit; plus amuses and petits fours, which do not involve a separate charge. Add drinks, coffee, tax and tip and the $38/person lunch special comes to around $80/person.)

Service is very attentive, friendly, well-informed and elegant, as one expects from this kind of establishment.

Some minor quibbles (not serious enough to downgrade the overall review):

- was surprised to see a piece of quite dirty-looking silverware make it as far as our table, but to their credit simply moving it to the middle of the table led to swift replacement.

- the alcove table seems cozy and romantic, but I found it a little strange to sit beside rather than facing my companion. I'm still unsure whether this is a "special" table in a good sense, or Siberia.

- the dress code, even the relaxed midday version, does not seem to be enforced. So why advertise it? Dunno.

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Thank AGoldfish
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Must for any trip to New York.
Excellent food, service runs like a well oiled machine. Can not speak more highly of the overall experience... 10/10.

Cocktails were awesome as well.

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Thank Schuey75
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

No one gets three Michelin stars by accident. Amazing array of creative, delicious and expertly prepared food. Impeccable, highly knowledgeable wait staff. Sky high prices, but again, par for the course with one of the top rates restaurants in NY.

I highly recommend the tasting menu. You're not going to get off cheap whatever you choose, you might as well get the full experience. You won't be disappointed.

Thank BlueTraveller711
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I had the autumn menu with wine pairing and I must say my expectations were high, and unfortunately not completely satisfied.
Maybe it's just me being "used to" some kind of thread between each course, but here there weren't any really. I am aware that it's kind of Mr. Vongerichten "invention" to really mix the kitchens, but it just think that the plan didn't turn out for the better this time.

To the quite high price you're paying, I'd say your money was better spent with Per Se or Daniel. Not the same kitchens, but a better overall experience I'd say.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

We had an amazing meal at Jean Georges in NYC. The dining room was elegant. The service was five star!
The Pre fix meal was superb. Each course was perfect prepared and served. I had the tuna bow ties appetizer. It was the best sushi grade tuna I have ever eaten. The squash soup was rich and creamy. My duck was fantastic.
The wine list is extensive.
This was truly an amazing dining experience. We felt like royalty.

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Thank BAHuston3
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