November 3, 2009

Dining on the cheap at Jean Georges in NYC

Food lovers who live in or have visited New York City have either heard of or dined at one of Jean Georges' restaurants.  His signature restaurant, Jean Georges, has earned three Michelin stars and is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the city.  So how do we enjoy a three course Jean Georges meal for only $26?  We dine in the more casual Nougatine at Jean Georges and enjoy the Autumn Fixed Price Lunch Promotion.

We start off with a couple of housemade sodas ($6 each):  Chili Lime soda at left had a punch of spicy flavor while the Black Cherry Yuzu soda at right was more mellow and had an herbal flavor.

Here was the salt that came with our bread and butter.  We've gotten different salts at other fancy restaurants like Per Se, The French Laundry, and Cyrus, but we haven't developed a proper appreciation for them yet.  Though it's lost on us, it was a nice touch.  

Crispy Coach Farms Goat Cheese Fondue, Pear, and Crystallized Pecan Salad:  The cheese was warm in the crispy wrapper and the salad was rich and well balanced with sweet, sour, and bitter tastes.  This was Autumn on a plate!

In contrast, the Tuna Tartare with pickled radishes, avocado, and a ginger marinade, was fresh and light.  It went well with the Chili Lime soda.

Shrimp Salad with avocados, tomatoes, and champagne vinegar dressing:  The shrimps were warm and covered with a nice cream sauce (it reminded us of a nice chowder) while the salad was tangy.

Pan Roasted Snapper with goldbar squash, tomato compote, fresh herbs, and olive oil:  We loved the crispy skin on the snapper with the warm tomato ragu.

Cinnamon Pot de Creme with roasted apples and cider sorbet:  There seemed to be other spices (nutmeg?) besides cinnamon that made the Pot de Creme taste so homey.  The dish was rich with all of our favorite local farmers' market finds of the season.

Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:  How can anyone not like a warm molten chocolate cake?  We could smell it before it even hit the table!  Inside was warm, gooey, melted chocolate, while the cake itself was fluffy and light.  The vanilla bean ice cream was rich - and we liked the crumbs that kept it in place.

Nougatine at Jean Georges is located at 1 Central Park West inside the Trump International Hotel.


  1. Look at those gorgeous food. Yum yum.

  2. what a lovely meal, and all for $26?? Can't beat that deal with a stick.

  3. Thanks for sharing, sounds heavenly.

  4. I'm insanely jealous. And that snapper looks divine.

  5. A great meal and stunning pictures! So envious!

  6. One word: ROCKSTAR. What a fantastic opportunity to enjoy so many jewel-like dishes, and thank you so much for sharing and inspiring us. I love small tastes of beautiful things; you appreciate things more and really savor the complexity of the dish without the palate being overwhelmed or bored by the quantity. Outstanding!!

  7. Fantastic review! I really enjoyed reading this post...kathyvegas

  8. @Tasty Trix: =) I get that way going through all of my fellow bloggers' wonderful posts!

    @Divinia Pe: It tasted even better than it looks!

    @Capn Rachel: haha - Definitely a great deal and we were so full we didn't need much for dinner!

    @Lori: Thanks! It was decadent!

    @Tastyeatsathome, Mardi, and Tamar: You all have to visit NYC soon and we'll have a food bloggers lunch here!

    @WP: Definitely agree! Sometime we get so full from big dishes that it all becomes a blur. It's also amazing how complex the flavors can be in just a little bite.

    @Kathy: Thanks so much! We had a good time researching for the post! =)

  9. Wow, that's a quite a deal! And the lunch looks lovely, I adore Jean Georges' food!


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