The Best Lunch Deal In Manhattan

When you think three michelin starred food, and the cost of it, you expect it to cost an arm and a leg….and maybe a kidney if you get wine.  But during lunch at Jean Georges (not Jean George Nougatine.  Make sure you go to the right one), you can have your marshmellow, and eat it too.

During my first trip to New York, I was so blown away by my lunch there that I made a return trip a week later (my captain even recognized me).  So, it was an obvious choice to return to Jean Georges for a second time.

I knew what I was going to order before I even crossed the US/Canadian border: Foie and Chicken.  The captain (thank gods he wasn’t French) took my order, and I waited for the fun to begin.

DSC_8313I was given a trio of amuse to start.  Squash Soup, Dashi, Parmesan Foam.  Beet, Toasted Rye, Pecan, Ricotta.  Tangerine with “snow”.  The soup was actually really good, and the dashi added a nice umami to the soup.

DSC_8317Three kinds were offered; Swedish Rye, Rye Sourdough, and Ciabatta, as well as a normal butter.

DSC_8314Foie Gras Brulee, Dried Sour Cherries, Pistachioes, White Port Gelee.  It was a small torchon with a bruleed disc of sugar and toasted brioche on the bottom.  It wasn’t as good as the first time, but it was still good.

DSC_8320Parmesan Crusted Organic Chicken, Artichoke, Basil and Lemon Butter.  The first time I had this dish, I met Jean Georges after the meal and asked him to put it on the menu at Market at Shangri La in Vancouver.  I never went to eat there because I was afraid they wouldn’t be able to make it exactly like the one in New York.  This time around, I had artichokes instead of salsify.  It worked well together, and the acidity from the lemon elevated the dish.

DSC_8325DSC_8329DSC_8324I opted to skip dessert.  An assistant captain came cover with the marshmellow cart and a small plate of chocolates.  i tasted a couple and asked for the rest to be packed up (for my hostel roommates) as well as a copy of the menu.

If you find yourself in New York, reserve a table.  To my knowledge, this is the cheapest three michelin starred meal you can have in the world.

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York


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