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.
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.
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.
Foie Gras and Strawberry Granola, Aged Balsamic and Sorre
This was Mr. K’s selection. Since the foie gras ban in California, whenever we are outside of California we try to eat as much as possible. We were pleasantly surprised to see there also was no supplemental charge for the foie gras here. Interestingly, they chose to serve the rich foie gras with sweet components. I didn’t really care for the sweet additions– I pretty much just wanted to enjoy the foie gras by itself.
Cod, Honshimeji Mushrooms, Lemongrass Consomme
The fish was tender, the lemongrass consomme light and refreshing.
Crispy Confit of Suckling Pig ($10 supplement)
This dish did have a supplemental charge but it was well worth it as it was the highlight of our meal. The thick layer of crispy skin was perfectly prepared, producing a satisfying crunch and then melting into your mouth. The meat itself was moist and flavorful. This was one of our best bites of this year.
Chocolate Dessert tasting ($10)
White Chocolate Ice Cream; Milk Chocolate Custard with Mango Gel, Smoked Salt Meringue, and Peanuts; Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
They offered three sets of dessert tastings for only $10 each. Even though we already knew there would be complimentary desserts, we couldn’t resist sharing a tasting at that price. In hindsight, while these were very reasonably priced, they ended up being sugar overkill when combined with the complimentary desserts that came with our meal. Next time, we probably won’t get the tasting again simply because it was too many sweets and nothing in particular stood out from the dessert tasting.
The complimentary desserts started with some house-made vanilla bean marshmallows, which are carted over and cut in front of you. While these were good, I’m not quite sure why they are so famous.
Our meal ended with some petit fours including mini macarons, chocolate, fruit gelee, and some sort of crunchy oat cookie.
We had a very nice lunch here. The service was exceptional and we enjoyed everything we tasted. We would definitely come back again on another visit.
1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023