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Jean Georges – Manhattan

JG has always been one of my most favorite places for lunch in New York. I love the room, the sun streaming in the windows and the quiet luxurious sense of the room. I just don’t understand what has happened to the food – it is as if the chef de cuisine is not tasting his sauces. Where Le Bernardin excelled at every single sauce, JG barely managed to get one right.


Salmon sashimi with citrus mignonette – way too much citrus

Crimini beignet with cheddar – bland

Warm spiced pear cider with foam – the best of the three


Sea Trout Sashimi draped in trout eggs, crispy trout skin, lemon foam, dill puree, horseradish – John’s comment was that this was way too citrusy


Yellow Fin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado Puree, Spicy radish, Chili Oil, Ginger marinade – the saucing was added tableside and I found that the tuna was drowned out by the saucing which added a very unpleasant acidic note.


Santa Barbara Uni, Yuzu Vinaigrette on Black bread – again there was an off balance of flavor as there was an overabundance of yuzu vinaigrette that provided too much of a citrus component


Young garlic soup with thyme and frogs legs – John thought this was excellent


Foie Gras Brulee, spiced fig jam and toasted brioche – normally the sweet component is somewhat muted – not this time


Parmesan crusted confit leg of chicken, white asparagus, basil and lemon butter – again the lemon was way too dominant



I just don’t understand what has happened to Jean Georges. For some reason, the flavor balance is off – either way too much citrus or too much acidity.

Jean Georges

Before our trip to France, we decided to have lunch at Jean Georges – a great antidote to bad airplane food. A friend of ours joined us and contributed a Raveneau Chablis Monte de Tonneau 2001 to the festivities.

We opened the festivities with NV Pierre Gimonnet Champagne.  Always nice.

Amuse—miso bacon soup, slow cooked quail egg with asparagus and a dehydrated grapefruit with pecorino cheese.  The gapefruit was basically tateless, but the other two amuse tastes were ok…the soup was best.

1st course—Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, toasted black bread topped with a slice of jalapeno pepper and a dab of yuzu “sauce”.   Absolute perfect—the jalapeno added an incredible punch and the uni was A+++ quality.

2nd course—my friend and I — Peekytoe Crab Fritters Honey crisp apples, pink peppercorn vinaigrette—excellent balance of flavors.

John—young garlic soup with thyme, sautéed frog legs.  A Jean Georges signature dish and deservedly so—delicious.

3rd course— my friend and I—foie gras brulee, dried sour cherries, candied pistachios and white port gelee—another Jean Georges signature dish and again a winner.

John—shrimp and smoked bacon, papaya mustard, avocado—John said “fair”.

4th course—

Friend—smoked squab a l’orange, Asian pear,candied tamarind—He must have loved it as the plate was cleaned quickly.

John—parmesan crusted confit of leg of chicken, salsify, basil and lemon butter—plate licked clean—superb!

Me —skate with Chateau Chalon Sauce—as soon as this was served warning bells sounded.  The sauce is normally a sunny bright yellow.  This day the sauce was muddy brown.  It was so acidic that it was inedible.  I sent the dish back and in the interest of time I ordered a repeat of the Uni dish that was so wonderful.  It was.

Chef’s re-do—Jean Georges was in his kitchen.  He re-made the sauce and sent out “his batch” to have me taste.  Much better.

Dessert—A  gift from the house—

Chocolate Poppy seed Cake, Meyer Lemon Curd, Halva Powder, Kaffir lime, infused Jicama Noodles. Tangerine, Limoncello granite