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Posted by sgenyc on 02/18/2008
With friends visiting from out of town, we stayed in for Valentine's Day and hit JoJo's on Saturday evening. The townhouse is warm and inviting. Although the decor is rich, the feel is more comfortable than stuffy. With our drinks we ordered home made French fries. Yummm. We all ordered different salads or appetizers and entrees. One was better than the next. It was an evening of passing plates and forks around the table. The tuna rolls with 3 sauces were superb. The bright green one is an emulsion of edamame, cilantro and grapeseed oil. (we asked) I think that may have won. But, then there was the foie gras served with haricot vert, the salad with goat cheese and the one with shrimp. The shrimp were dusted with orange powder. I ate my foie gras, and reluctantly shared a few bites with my table mates. The entrees were generous and delectable. We had duck, venison, salmon and short rib. Again, the forks made their way around the table. Ahhh, then the desserts arrived. We each had a different dessert and shared them by passign our plates. The warm chocolate cake is one of the best I've ever had. The passion pavlova was a bright, refreshing change of pace. The evening was just plain fun. Good friends, excellent food, a warm, inviting ambience and superb service. The portions are ample. Plan an evening at JoJo's and enjoy the food.
Posted by KW on 01/25/2008
Went here last night with a party of 4 during Restaurant Week. Managed to get a last minute reservation since they were completely full. Arrived a tad late but called first and was told it wasn't a problem. The place was completely packed. The waiting area and bar are quite small and my guess is on normal nights it's not as full as it was, but there was very little room to stand, it almost felt like being stuck on the train. That is where the unpleasantness ended however. We were seated upstairs which did appear to look a little nicer than downstairs although the decor is quite elegant everywhere. The restaurant week menu was OK for offerings, the appetizers seemed good, although the entrees slightly bland in terms of the choices that is. Half of us ordered the RW menu and half of the regular menu. The butternut squash soup was delightful as was the goat cheese but the sweet potato ravioli was fantastic bursting with flavor of a complex but tasteful nature. In fact, all of the appetizers were really good. For entree's the RW people had Cod which they said was quite good and had a unique preparation which had mixed feelings. The rest had the Duck which was also very good. It was not amazing but it was duck done nicely, cooked to perfection, and with solid flavor. Deserts were all very good as well. All in all, it is a very pretty place, excellent for a romantic night as well as a casual one, and very solid food which I would expect from a JG location, not to mention the prices are very reasonable for the type of place. My only complaint menu wise was from the wine list. We're not big wine drinkers but enjoy it at dinner sometimes and most of the wine list was very pricey, I'd say the average bottle was around the 80-100 area and there were only about 2 or 3 bottles about $40, so if you are drinking then the price point escalates a fair amount, but from a food perspective a very good value especially for the type of place it is. For us, party of 4, 2 RW and 2 regular with a fairly inexpensive bottle including tax and tip was $260. I was very pleased and we all enjoyed the night.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2008
My boyfriend and I came here for the prix fixe lunch (apparently it is only $24 year round, although we came for restaurant week). The food and service completely blew us away. He had the goat cheese salad and hanger steak, I had the warm asparagus salad and chicken. All were wonderfully flavorful, complex, well made and presented. The chicken was not my cup of tea, but more due to personal taste than anything else. Service was prompt, polite, and courteous. If you can afford it, go. If you can't... just go once.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2007
We were seated in the upstairs room which is much more beautiful than the cramped main floor. The walls were decoratively painted in green and gold. The upholstered chairs and drapes complimentary colored in gold and egplant made for a rich atmosphere. The servers were poised and attentive, I was very pleased with the service. For appetizers we enjoyed the butternut sqush soup-rich, yet not overpowered by too much seasoning. The fois gras was very good, complimented with a lemon zest seasoning-also a sizable portion for this dish. We also ordered the shrimps with artichokes and greens. It was lite, yet packed with flavor. For dinner I ordered the lobster with lemon risotto. I highly reccomend this dish-It was "to die for". The lemon flavor of the risotto lightened up what is really a very rich dish. I will return for that plateagain. My husband ordered the short ribs with balsamic vinigarrette. I felt the balsamic overtook the dish , personally. The chick pea fries were tastey. Something different to try.. I have to say that I thought our deserts were poor. We ordered the cheesecake. It was served with currents and cranberries-which way over-powered the flavor of the cheesecake. On the side was a ginger flavored sorbet. I guess I just didn't "get it" . The flavors just did not seem to work together. The poached pear was dry and the amaretto mousse was grainy. All in all I would return, but I would try a different desert.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2007
Me and my girlfriend are really not big eaters nor wine lovers and we love to chat. The waiters at JoJo never rushed us throughout the whole evening and the service was impeccable even for a small bill table. The food is above average, as expected from a restaurant of this rating and of the Jean Georges group, and the the dishes are of pretty good value. The atmosphere is cute and intimate though they should make their dim lighting work "right" instead of being just plain dim. Overall it was a really enjoyable meal and it's ideal for a small party.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/02/2007
I heard about Jo Jo through meeting one of the employees on the subway. She was extremely friendly and told me to come by, she worked there and she would be glad to give me a pleasurable evening. It was unbelievable. I brought my mother and my fiance' and walked in, only to be greeted by Jean-Georges himself who was more than gracious and friendly. The host asked if we would prefer upstairs or downstairs, and took us to a fabulous corner table in the back downstairs room. Granted, it was next to the kitchen, but you couldn't hear a thing. The only complaint was that the table we had for three (being on a corner banquet we had an extra seat) was the same size as the one next to us seated for two. It was more than romantic. The service was quick, the bus boys always had our glasses filled with water, and we were asked if we'd like another cocktail BEFORE our other were empty which I always appreciate. The food took some time, which I was overjoyed with, because if you want fast food go to McDonalds, or somewhere that specializes in pre-theater dinners. We relaxed, chatted and were able to enjoy ever morsel without being rushed. The food was delicious, I see some people have complained about a tiny portion of $45 lobster, they obviously musn't dine out much because the cost of lobster this summer has been through the roof. I loved mine, the sweetness of the corn complemented the buttery flavors of my juicy lobster. The appetizers were lovely along with my guests dinners. I can't express enough how amazing of a time we had. The service, the atmosphere, the food, everything made me feel like I was in a five star restaurant. AMAZING!
Posted by uppereaststill on 07/17/2007
I liked the townhouse setting, but the seating arrangements are bizarre. I noticed a number of people asking to be moved because two unrelated couples are essentially put in the position of sharing one table and facing eachother. This happened to us as well. I didn't ask to be moved, but it was a little awkward having to turn my head the whole time. My husband ordered the $65 tasting menu with the three entrees. What they clearly stated on the menu was a rack of lamb was not that at all. It was two very rare lambchop pieces. The meals were tasty but miniscule. I ordered the chicken entree and it was nothing but chicken. Very dry. No vegetables, no couscous or dipping sauce or anything. Chicken a la carte. I could have done better about anywhere and of course, paid much less than you would at Jo Jo. I think the biggest problem was the slooowness. After one course was done the otherwise attentive seeming waiter would only then put in the order for the next. So we would sit for 25 minutes with nothing in front of us. We caught on and asked him could he get the order started, but it didn't make a noted difference. When it was time for the much touted desert, he announced that it would take an additional 15 minutes to make the cake from scratch. This was after quite a wait as it was. We had to cancel the deserts (which we were billed for) and leave because we had movie tickets. I would advise allowing a lot of time. There has to be a better way of staggering the dishes. It was really strange the long and tedious waits that took a couple hours in the end.