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Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar report

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Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar report

Jenn | Aug 31, 2005 09:35 AM

I had an excellent dinner At JLOB last night. We were there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Downstairs seemed pretty casual, lots of gingham, it seemed like a slightly trendier version of Mary's Fish Camp in the West Village. We sat upstairs though, which was perfectly romantic. Only 3 of the 6 tables were occupied up there, and the service was excellent. As for food...we did the $75 tasting menu. First the chef sent out the cutest one-bite lobster rolls. First real course was a scallop in a pistachio butter artichoke hearts sauce (the sauce was pureed and delicious). Second course was a fruits de mer plate...one clam, one mussel, two oysters, a shrimp, and toast with caviar. Third course was a choice between foie gras over salad or a gazpacho (clear) with crabmeat. Fourth course was lobster Newberg, the sauce was amazing...it had some sort of ginger in it...rich but unlike anything I have ever tasted. Fifth course was sea bass with heirloom tomatoes and a side of fresh corn with smoked paprika (I kept asking the waiter what was in everything because I couldn't identify a lot of the interesting flavors). Then there was a lemon sorbet, followed by dessert -- creme brulee made with orange blossom water. There was a cheese course for $10 extra but we were too full at that point.

I highly recommend the restaurant -- all in all a wonderful experience.

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