just thought i would report on my christmass night dinner at jean georges.
my friend had made the reservation a few weeks ago and at the time was told that the only room open was the outer naughatine (?) room which we accepted.
on wensday night we made it through the blizzard for our 6 pm reservation. we were seeted immidiately when we got there and even though the room was half empty we were put in a corner by the kitchen whare were could not see anything that was going on.
although the room itself was alright, it did have sort of a cold, steril feel, the treetment in the room was terrible. we understood that they might have been understaffed, but we sat for 20 minutes and other than being offered water and bred, twice, nobody noticed us. we were not even offered menues. finally my friend, who is more bold then i, looked around the courner to the main dinning room ans saw that it was open and also had room. she asked if we could be moved, it was her birthday, and to their credit, they moved us to the other room.
the difference was amayzing. the room was comfortible with a warm glow and the smell of the fresh flowers on the tables. as soon as we sat down our great waiter came over to take our drink order. we were no longer the 2nd class citizens that we were in the other room, even though it was the exact same menue.
as for the food, it was great. we both ordered the 5 course christmass dinner whcih was very resonably priced at $65. After an amuse bouch of a mushroom consume, yum, we started with a tuna tar tar served with avocado in a ginger emulsion. although it is a common dish these days, the fresh tuna and the ginger sauce made it special. second course was a pickled fois gras which was very good, although i prefer pain fois gras, and there could have been a sweeter sause with it. the pickling of it made it different and the fois gras was as creemy and buttery as it should be. the poached lobster for the third cours was probably the best lobster i have ever had, an intence flavor. the fourth course was chicken served with truffel mashed potaotes. my least favorite of the savory courses. the chicked was very moist and tasty, but it was still just chicken. The desserts were also not very exciting, a chritmass trio. maybe i was just too full to appreciate them.
our waiter recomended a different glass of wine for each course and was nice enough to split the glasses so we got to try alot without drinking too much. his recomendations were excellent, and we noticed, affordible.
i would defanately recomend jean georges to anyone, it was a memorible meel, but only in the main room.