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“Wonderful Variety”
Review of James Beard House

James Beard House
Ranked #3,551 of 14,378 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $35 - $50
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Transit: The James Beard Foundation is located just steps from the 1-2-3 line and also has easy access to B-D-F-V lines and NJ Transit PATH trains.
Reviewed November 9, 2013

The James Beard Foundation opens the chef's house for meals almost nightly. There will be a different chef from around the country each night. The meal is fixed price and includes wine paring. Appetizers, 3-4 courses and desserts are included. As a member of the Foundation, the planned chefs are sent to you in advance so on can plan to visit those nights with a particular style of food. If there are two in your party, you will usually be seated with 2 or 4 other patrons. This is actually quite pleasant as you get to converse with very interesting people. We try to come here each time we a in NYC.

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1  Thank alvinmc67
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Chef Larry La Valley brought his staff from 3800 Ocean in Singer Island Florida. Only thing missing was the ocean view. Tasting menu was superb and a must for foodies everywhere. Will definitely visit the home base of this excellent chef and his staff. Also something quite magical about eating such fine cuisine in the former home of the master James Beard!

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Thank msnanalou
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Chef John Howie from Seattle brought some of his staff and made a fabulous unforgettable dinner ! There were more courses than we could count all from his new cookbook. All the seafood and meat dishes had a Northwest twist to them and were prepared perfectly.
The wine pairings couldn't have been better with every course, including a 1905 Maderia !
The atmosphere was fun, the company engaging and the food was fabulous !

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1  Thank steven s
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

As a fan of Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen, I was very excited that I could attend her dinner at the James Beard House. WOW!!! I have had memorable, delicious dinners before, but this was the best ever!! We began with appetizers and cocktails in the garden of the JBH. We were seated at about 8:00. Every course was perfectly paired with a wine. We were seated with some New Yorkers, some from Texas. Great conversation! We did not finish our supper until about 11:00! Worth every penny!

FYI - You do not tip at the JBH as all of the servers are on a salary.

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Thank sciencerules03
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Firstly a warning - this is a very up-market dining club. Top chefs are invited to cook at the James Beard House and they set the menu - if you are a picky eater, this is not the place for you. Wines are chosen to accompany the dishes - there is no wine list - and you will be seated with other diners at tables. If this appeals, you will have access to some of America's top chefs, creating menus that show their skills to perfection. The menu for NYE was $200 for members, $250 for non-members. This included everything and tipping is not allowed so, whilst this seems a lot of money, it would cost a great deal more in a comparable restaurant for a tasting menus plus wine, water and tip.

Our meal was created by five different chefs and it was superb - 8 courses, beautifully balanced and much appreciated by everyone on our table. Dishes included mushroom consommé, venison with foie gras, suite of desserts. The wines were for the the most part well-matched. Arrive on time to appreciate the canapés, but hope that the doors from the greenhouse are open - it would get very crowded and sticky otherwise. If you enjoy eating, enjoy trying new wines and like meeting new people, the James Beard House is perfect.

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Thank CFMM59
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