i finally had my lunch at Jean Georges.
let me just say -- the service was not very good (this is the second time there that i've had profoundly mediocre service) but the FOOD -- this may have been the best meal of my LIFE -- or at least in the top three or four...
first we got the amuse -- a watermelon and tomato heirloom gazpacho, which was a little too acidulous, but the yogurt foam cut it nicely, then a gorgeous and generous duxelles of lamb crusted with truffles and mushroom in a leek/pea sauce -- divine.
then first course: crab, and seasonal baens in some divine, complex broth topped with candied violets -- fantastic.
next was the spice and nut crused bass -- which is by now an old standard, but very good -- the sweet and sour jus hits so many notes. it's marvelous.
the poeleed red snapper was next -- this was kinda el bulli to me, and in a great way: the fish came along side a foam of olive oil, as well as a citrus gelee -- and topped with "smoked" fleur de sel -- this was AMAZING. it was ineffably great. i love how jg can make olive oil, salt and lemon completely unfamiliar and new again.
then came this exquisite lobster with lychees and verjus and mace and god knows what else -- it was the BEST lobster i've ever eaten. it was profoundly good. PROFOUND.
dessert was ok -- never a strength at this restaurant but still good -- the winner being the white chocolate souffle with black peppermint anglaise...the other one was a heirloom tomato salad with almond streusel and tomato/basil sorbet -- nice contrast with the souffle but nothing fab.
i agree with newsjoke -- JG is the best and most creative food in the city -- particulalry when you stick to teh seasonal tasting items.
btw -- the lunch special is a great deal. 24 dollars for two courses and each additional course (unlimited -- you can add on as many as you like) is 12 dollars. it's a great deal!