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Posted by Disappointed on 12/06/2007
I was part of a group of 10, so while I know French cuisine/restaurants aren't exactly the place for a vegetarian, I had no choice. I called early that morning to request no meat/no fish and was told 'no problem.' Once there, they acted as if it was news to them but said they could do. I was served semi-hard black beans in a frothy red broth with a huge, unappetizing lump of tofu plopped into the middle. It was disgusting. The salad was good. And I will say my friends who had regular offerings from the menu enjoyed their meals. But vegetarians, don't bother. It's a waste of time and a distinctly poor experience. They did see that I did not eat the main course and told me I would not be charged for the main course. I don't know if that was true since I did not see the check (was a guest of another), and actually that itself was rather embarrassing to me and my host, my obvious inability to partake of the meal. It was a nice thing to do and I do recognize the gesture, but truly, the kitchen should have more self-respect than to send out the meal they sent to me. Try again, Jean Georges, but with someone else. Not everyone relishes raw tuna and slabs of meat. A tiny bit of creativity on your part would have saved the meal.
Posted by Foodie on 11/20/2007
4 of us went to dinner here to celebrate some job promotions, after my wife and I had dined at Nougatine earlier this year. Jean Georges is an unforgettable experience for the sophisticated palate - not that mine is. but the quality of the food, the preparation and presentation, and, surprisingly, the quantity will blow you away. The duck "entree" is amazing, the foie gras may be an acquired taste that some others on this site did not care for - the foie gras brulee in particular. Yes - there are some interesting and perhaps to the palate, challenging and exotic combinations of seasonings and flavors - but that is what this type of restaurant is all about - it is not meat and potatoes. The Atlantic char, the sea bass, the lamb were all phenomenal, and the service beyond reproach and what you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre - attentive but unobtrusive. The 2 3/4 hours we spent there passed like minutes and the staff WANTS you to enjoy your dinner in a relaxed fashion. You really should schedule nothing else for the evening - dining at Jean Geroges itself is something to be relished - an evening's entertainment in and of itself. And a $98 three course prix fixe dinner a "good value"? With the amazing amuse bouche, desserts (4 for each selection - berry, autumn, chocolate, apple when we were there) AND the added assorted macaroons, gelees, and home made marshmallow in three flavors, you will leave Jean Georges not only full, but gastronomically amazed by what you just experienced (not to mention the little "goodie bag" of chocolates for the ladies on departure!). Treat yourself to an unfrgettable evening of fine dining!
Posted by buzzzzz on 06/02/2007
Great french and great for dating! portions are small but by the end of the course, you will be more than full!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2007
We went to JG on a Thursday night for my friends birthday. The service was amazing. However, the Salmon was old and it tasted fishy. I do not recommend the salmon. On the other hand, The Tuna Tartar was fabulous.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2007
The first course my friend and I had was absolutely incredible...I don't like goat cheese - but I would have to say the Goat Cheese Royale was one of the best dishes I've ever had. My friend ordered the sea urchin which was fantastic (and I dont even like seafood) - it is a must try. The second course were also very good - I had the garlic soup with frog legs and my friend had the foie gras wontons...both were good but I would probably order something else next time. The Main course was a bit of a disspointment - the lamb was not that flavorful and had a very earthy taste to it - the potatoes that came with is were a bit salty...the presentation, quality was great. My friend ordered the duck which is a huge dish complete with a side of foie gras... I was very satisfied with my dessert which was under the chocolate category and enjoyed picking on my friend's desserts - under the winter category. He was less impressed with his dessert however. The champagne and wine we got was great...service impeccable...all in all 95$ for four courses is a pretty good deal! I will definately go back somethime...
Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2007
I came here with my sister for restaurant week and the place's decor was nice and modern-feeling. The place wasn't ridiculously crowded or empty. However, we had to wait in the hotel lobby/trump towers since there was no other place to wait to be seated. I started my pre-fix w/ soup that was great! I really enjoyed my main dish; I got the skate and it was FANTASTIC...I only wish it was bigger (my sister ate 1/2). However, my sis' dish wasn't up to par. It was some weird, trying-to-be-oriental-but-failed chicken pasta. The sauce was mediocre and my sister could only manage to eat the chicken pieces. We got chocolate cake for dessert and were pleased. Overall, this place was good, I just would stay away from that icky chicken pasta dish.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2007
This is one of my first experiences at a restaurant owned by a chef of such caliber, but I have dined well quite often. The chef's menu (menu's - they offered two) are wonderful. You will get stuffed, but it was nearly a 3 hour feast of tremendously courteous, respectful, and friendly service. We felt like we were not being watched, but were always well taken care of (refill on tea, replace napkins when we went to the restroom), etc. My date and I were rather unhappy with the foie gras (perhaps it is our own lack of sophistication, but our personal complaint was that the plate was a 'creative' concoction of a brioche toast with foie gras with dried fruits on top - sort of like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but with foose liver - MMMMMM). In either case, the server noticed my date was especially unhappy and not touching it, and promptly gave us a small but tasty (perhaps more bland, to appease our unsophisticated palette) scallop plate. Once the lobster and venison were finally eaten (the venison had an incredibly seasoned crunchy searing on top, exciting), we were given a combo plate of 4 separate but complementary dessert dishes, after which we had yet ANOTHER set of chocolates, homemade marshmallows, and some other sugary sweets. Wonderful experience, and really, a great deal. $125 for what turned out to be more than the promised 7 plates per person, compared to higher prices at other restaurants of this caliber, it is a wonderful, fun, and worthwhile experience if you have a special occassion or just are lucky enough to earn enough or have enough money.