One of the things I learned while planning my trip to New York City is that many of the fine dining restaurants offer a special lunch prix fixe menu, allowing you to get a taste of a highly acclaimed or Michelin starred restaurant for a fraction of the usual price.

Jean-Georges is a 3 Michelin starred restaurant. For dinner, a 3 course prix fix menu will cost you $118 a person, and a full tasting menu costs $198 per person. But for lunch, they offer a seasonal prix fixe menu for just $38 per person.

Included in the $38 price, you get to choose two dishes (a starter and an entree), and you also get a trio of amuse bouche, their house-made marshmallows and petit fours.

Amuse Bouche
Raspberry gazpacho, tuna with pickled pineapple and shio leaf, corn fritter with jalapeno yogurt

Our meal started out with a trio of these complimentary bites with a wide range of flavors that awoke the taste buds.

Complimentary bread

Throughout the meal, we were provided with assorted fresh baked breads.

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Black Bread, Jalapeno and Yuzu

What immediately drew me to Jean-Georges’ lunch menu was that most of my favorite items did not have a supplemental charge, unlike most of the other prix fixe lunch deals I came across. This was my starter choice. The uni was creamy, fresh and sweet. This was a great way to start our meal.

As soon as Fall started, I immediately began craving pumpkin flavored drinks like pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin chai latte.

To save some money, I’ve been making them at home whenever possible. In only a few minutes, you can make your own Pumpkin Chai Latte.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a media dinner to try out Burger Lounge’s Game Changer Burger Series, a set of limited time seasonal game meat burgers.

Organic Quinoa Salad
Organic Quinoa, Arugula, Spinach, Kale, Roasted Baby Squash, Corn, Tomato, Red Onion, Toasted Almonds, Feta, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette

Before digging into all the burgers, we started out with a light and refreshing quinoa salad. I’ve actually had this salad a few times here and really enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite restaurant salads and I usually don’t even like salads.

Grass-fed Bison: October 2013 – November 2013
$10.95 Served on the signature Lounge Bun with blue cheese, pickled onion, roasted garlic aioli. Gluten free bun or lettuce wrap optional.

Since we were tasting so many burgers that evening, the restaurant made mini versions for us to eat. So please note, most of these photos are of the mini ones and the actual burgers being offered are full size burgers.

Out of the three, this was my favorite. The patty was moist and still a little pink in the center. You could taste the bison meat. I also really enjoyed the crunchy pickled onions and the garlic aioli.