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Penelope Apr 28, 1998 04:21 PM

Has anyone out there been to J-G? Is it worth it? If I go what are the best things to order?
I've never made reservations because I can't get past that annoying French song they play over and over when waiting on hold for the reservationist.

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    E. Cornell May 6, 1998 12:01 AM

    My friend is taking me to J-G on Friday, and the only way I managed to get reservations was to begin calling at 9:00 am exactly one month prior to the day we wanted to go. The line was busy and I kept hitting redial. By 9:30 I got a ring (note that the stock market opens at this time) and a reservation for, gulp, 6:00 pm. (Other choice was 10:45). I just can't believe that I couldn't get through for that first half hour and when I finally do, all they have are these strange (to me) times. I'm considering it a late lunch. Maybe it would have been different for a week day?
    Recent articles in the NY Times would lead me to believe that there are no tricks or secrets which only New Yorkers are privvy to (as opposed to the tourists), but I suppose things are easier for Madonna and Donald and people like that.
    E.

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      Rolf Meyersohn Feb 21, 1999 09:11 AM

      We made a reservation one month before my wife's
      birthday. Easy enough.
      We went last Tuesday; the food is remarkable, the
      service is first-rate, the suggestions for wines were
      totally appropriate. A truly great place. If you have
      ask how much it costs -- you can't afford it.
      Portions however are surprisingly large.

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        Gary Cheong Feb 21, 1999 03:58 PM

        " If you have ask how much it costs -- you can't
        afford it."

        Rolf, I have no quibble over how easily you got your
        reservation, or how much you were impressed with the
        food, wine and service.

        But that comment above truly smacks of ultimate
        snobbishness on your part. Do you mean that person is
        not worthy of having food the caliber of Jean Georges
        just because he or she cannot afford it? Not all high
        end restaurants have great food like Jean Georges.
        That person probably meant to ask if it was the worth
        the price tag. I think an appropriate answer would be
        something like "it's expensive, but worth every penny
        of it". Not condescension like in your response.

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          rolf meyersohn May 17, 2001 06:36 PM

          Sorry about that. I was paraphrasing J.P. Morgan who when asked how much he paid for the yacht he had just bought replied that "if you have to ask you can't afford it." But I still love the restaurant even if it is astronomically expensive.

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      Lisa R. Apr 28, 1998 11:10 PM

      I too ate there last summer and loved it...it is
      suprisingly informal for such a high-end place,
      although not REALLY informal. The two dishes I
      remember well: scallops with cauliflower puree and
      raisin-caper sauce (divine) and grilled foie gras with
      corn pudding. And the glass of Sauterne the sommelier
      recommended to drink with that dish. That sommelier was
      wonderful despite our telling him we had a price limit
      on wine; he had fabulous recommendations. It was
      really a meqal to remember.

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        Susan Thomsen Apr 28, 1998 07:15 PM

        Penelope, yes, it's worth it! My advice is to get the
        tasting menu. Expensive, but good, good, good, and you
        get to try a number of different things. My J-G dinner
        last summer was divine.

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          Abigail Jun 3, 1998 07:47 PM

          I had lunch ar J-G today, and it was lovely. I had
          been told that the service was stuffy and pretentious.
          Not at all, in my estimation. I arrived before my
          lunch partner, was shown to my table and was greeted by
          a charming captain. He was chatty without being
          intrusive and was very pleasant. Lunch was devine. We
          both ordered the prix-fix menu. Today, I had cold
          tomato soup with spotted (?) shrimp, a wonderful fluke
          with an green apple sauce, guinea hen, and a valrhone
          (spelling?) cake. The portions were sized
          appropriately for a lunch menu, bigger than a tasting
          menu, but smaller than a normal portion. We truly
          enjoyed our lunch, and lingered over it for 2 hours
          without feeling rushed. Actually, we DID feel rushed
          after the little intro dish they gave us, and we asked
          for lunch to be slowed down, which they did without
          hesitation.

          Lunch is a lovely way to experience some of the really
          fine NYC restaurants that are impossible to get into
          for dinner at a "normal" time.

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            Robert Buxbaum Jun 4, 1998 12:22 PM

            I agree that lunch is a lovely way to experience a
            really fine NYC restaurant impossible to get into for
            dinner at a "normal" time. The original poster asked
            about secrets of getting reservations for prime times
            at fine restaurants. If you have to ask, you can
            probably forget it. Reservations usually open up a
            month inadvance. For prime times on a weekend night,
            there are few tables left by the time the reservations
            open. How can that be? Ask what yo would do if you were
            a restauranteur, or the maitre d'hotel, and a regular
            customer, (and big tipper) who is having dinner and
            drinking a spectactularly expensive wine, asks for a
            table on a Saturday night six weeks from now.

            If you really want to be able to get reservations for
            8PM on a Saturday, be prepared to become a regular.
            Even then you must start by dining at odder hours, or
            at lunch. I've learned to enjoy a good lunch now and
            then. You can also try the summer time when many
            regulars are away. Of course you might also get lucky.
            Keep trying.

            Link: http://www.bway.net/~bux/

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              Neil Ellman Jun 4, 1998 06:04 PM

              Had the tasting menu at JG,
              which was one of the two best
              meals I ever had in NYC and, at
              $105 per, should have been. The
              food aside, was impressed by
              female waiters in an upscale
              French restaurant (very unusual),
              the "casual" atmosphere,
              roominess of the place, and
              understated decor. Fabulous!

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