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ganache123 Nov 10, 2007 03:23 PM

Has any one had the prefix lunch at Jean Georges? Does the 2 courses for $28.00 include dessert? Would love to get any opinions on this and any other Jean Georges restaurants for prefix lunch. I have already been to Perry Street and it was wonderful and such a bargain for NYC.

  1. Cheeryvisage Nov 6, 2011 07:06 AM

    Just so people know, the lunch price has risen. It is now $38 for two plates, $19 for additional. Dessert is $8.

    1. daffyduck Aug 12, 2010 11:53 PM

      I just went a few days ago. Everything was good, I had the 1. Skate with chateau chalon sauce, 2. Fois gras brulee, 3. Red Snapper Crusted with Nuts and Seeds, Sweet and Sour Jus, 4. Parmesan Crusted Confit Leg Of Chicken, Salsify and Lemon Butter, and 5. the Sea Scallops, Caramelized Cauliflower, Caper-Raisin Emulsion. Everything was solid. My favorite dish was the sea scallops, i loved the sauce it came in. My second favorite was the red snapper then fois gras. I really liked the chicken but i didnt like the salsify much. the skate i found to be just ok but I did enjoy the sauce with their bread.
      Desserts were great. Jean-Georges Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
      Caramelized Honey Ganache, Amaranth Seeds, Hibiscus Streusel, a must for chocolate lovers and I also tried their Cherry dessert which was a delicious tart, coffee ice cream and smoked pecans. I liked the Cherry dessert more than the chocolate. For the price it was a very nice experience.

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        wreckers00 Aug 13, 2010 09:32 PM

        I really enjoyed my meal at Jean-Georges as well and its one of the best values in the city....but can they please change the lunch menu.

        All the dishes you had have been on the menu forever....I know, I know some are "classics" but still

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          cambridgedoctpr Aug 14, 2010 02:26 PM

          when i was last at JG for lunch, there were a couple of new things on the menu both of which used tomatoes that were grown for JGV.

          LIke many people, i think that it is the best deal for lunch in nyc; I love to sit at the bar and meet new people.

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            burgeoningfoodie Aug 16, 2010 12:13 PM

            What is the dress code for lunch and is it wise to reserve for it?

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              daffyduck Aug 16, 2010 01:54 PM

              no jackets required. if u dont want to make reservations u can always try to get seats at the bar or at nougatine. when i went they let someone dine in cargo shorts, but id suggest dressing up a little because the majority of the people there do.

      2. daffyduck Apr 14, 2010 09:57 PM

        which dishes do you guys recommend?

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          hcbk0702 Apr 14, 2010 10:11 PM

          My current favorites on the lunch menu:

          Tuna Ribbons, Avocado, Spicy Radish, Ginger Marinade
          Red Snapper Crusted with Nuts and Seeds, Sweet and Sour Jus
          Parmesan Crusted Confit Leg Of Chicken, Salsify and Lemon Butter

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            daffyduck Apr 14, 2010 10:58 PM

            thanks! the parmesan crusted chicken leg sounds awesome! =]

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            RGR Apr 15, 2010 07:13 AM

            We just had lunch at J.G. With the exception of the citrus dessert, which I found rather blah, every dish we had was stellar!

            J.G. lunch photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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              edwardspk Apr 15, 2010 11:26 AM

              Don't forget the Skate with Chateau Chalon sauce! Alos the foie gras brule. They've added a wonderful shrimp appetizer as well.

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                RGR Apr 15, 2010 11:38 AM

                If you'll look at the photos I linked to, you'll see that the day we were there for lunch, the turbot, which is normally only served at dinner, was substituted for the skate. I don't eat skate, so I was thrilled because I've wanted to have the turbot in that incredible sauce since first having it when we did the dinner tasting menu of J.G.'s signatures a few years ago.

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              ganache123 Nov 15, 2007 04:12 PM

              Had lunch yesterday at JoJo. The food was solid but different category than Perry Street. Larger portions and the dining room was very romantic. We had a table upstairs but it was still kinda cramped. I would most certainly go back. Thanks for all the information and advice. Next time I'll call in advance and go to Jean George.

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              1. re: ganache123
                MMRuth Nov 15, 2007 04:17 PM

                A different category than Perry Street in which way? Just curious, as we've not been back to JoJo's since they redesigned the menu. TIA

              2. livetotravel Nov 15, 2007 12:51 PM

                When you call to reserve the reservation agent asks if you want the "formal" restaurant, meaning JG or the "casual," meaning Nougatine. If you want JG, emphasize that request.

                I called today and reserved for a requested Dec 14th @ 1:45 PM and got it with no problem.

                Jackets for men are not required at lunch.

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                  etowernyc Nov 15, 2007 01:16 PM

                  when i ate in nougatine recently there were plenty of people in t-shirts and jeans. not sure if they expect a bit more in the formal room.

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                    RGR Nov 15, 2007 02:34 PM

                    Jean Georges does require jackets for gentlemen at dinner.

                2. druz99 Nov 15, 2007 07:53 AM

                  Even though it excludes dessert, it's still a fantastic deal. I find lunch at Nougatine (especially when it's sunny outside) much better than the stuffy dinner in the formal dining room, where the food is good...but not great. It's better than Perry St, for sure!

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                    Brian S Nov 15, 2007 12:28 PM

                    Just saw a well-known film actor and a quite well-known TV actor eating at Nougatine, and no one at all paparazzi-worthy in the Main Dining Room. Maybe Nougatine has become the "in" spot! I'll still choose the Main Dining Room.

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                    Gelaine Nov 13, 2007 03:20 PM

                    I arranged a lunch for two of my former roommates and myself at Jo Jo recently. $24 prix fixe was great and my friends were really pleased. Subsequently met another friend at Nougatine. Very nice... but I prefer the coziness of Jo Jo (but then I'm an old geezer -:). Last week we 3 had lunch at L'Impero... $35 prix fixe... very nice and my friends have nominated me as their permanent lunch planner.

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                      etowernyc Nov 12, 2007 07:32 AM

                      i had lunch in the nougatine room a few weeks back and the menu was $24.07 for 3 courses - one of which was dessert. i thought it was the same menu in the main room, but perhaps i am mistaken. it was a hell of a bargain.

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                        kobetobiko Nov 12, 2007 12:52 PM

                        The menu in the nougatine room is indeed $24.07 for 3 courses, one of which is the dessert. However, the selection is a lot more limited compared to the main dining room which offers the 2 courses for $28 and $12 for additional option.

                        Also to note is the the 2 courses for $28 option in the main dining room is not available during weekend. Only Monday to Friday.

                        The menu at the Nougatine room is available every day

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                          etowernyc Nov 12, 2007 06:38 PM

                          are the portions bigger in the $28 option? i left satiated, but the portions were, understandably, not very big for the $24.07 menu!

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                            Nosher Nov 13, 2007 01:16 AM

                            Portions really vary--this is one of our only criticisms. Some are minute (the sea urchin toasts, for example), and some are rather substantial (the foie gras, for example). Ask your server though--they are well trained and know the menu.

                            Nosher

                            NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                              dkstar1 Nov 15, 2007 05:45 AM

                              I've never left Jean Georges hungry, Nougatine room or otherwise.

                              http://www.bigapplediningguide.com

                            2. re: etowernyc
                              Brian S Nov 13, 2007 07:22 AM

                              Does it matter? If Per Se offered a $28 lunch, I would go try it even if the portions were fairly small.

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                                etowernyc Nov 13, 2007 12:46 PM

                                still a tremendous value, of course. does it matter? yes.

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                                  Nosher Nov 14, 2007 10:28 PM

                                  Yes, of course it matters, in that it is possible to eat two meals there and get full from one and barely satisfied from another. The tiny portions are no bigger than a few canapes.

                                  Nosher

                                  NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                            John Lowrey Nov 12, 2007 07:16 AM

                            Muy SO and I are planning on going for lunch at J-G next month. Questions for someone who knows:

                            1. Is there a dress code? Will I look out of place with a polo shirt and jeans?

                            2. Do I really need to reserve for lunch? I was hoping just to pop-in during their lunch hours when I get there rather than be on a timetable.

                            Thanks

                            John Lowrey

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                              Lucia Nov 12, 2007 07:25 AM

                              1. I'd go with business casual, although for lunch I've seen people a lot more casual. You could probably get away w/a nice pair of jeans and a polo shirt, but personally I'd dress up a bit more.
                              2. It probably depends on the day of the week. When I went on a summer Friday, the room was full, but it may be different on a less popular day. I'd reserve to be safe.

                              1. re: John Lowrey
                                Nosher Nov 12, 2007 10:52 AM

                                Hi John,

                                Yes. Wear something nicer than the polo shirt and jeans--if you have a blazer to put over the shirt, you'll be OK, but in general, other people in the dining room won't be wearing jeans.

                                Yes also to booking for lunch. The room fills up fast.

                                Nosher

                                NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                                  Brian S Nov 13, 2007 07:17 AM

                                  I believe that jeans are not allowed. I've seen them turn away a very famous (and very badly dressed) movie star.

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                                    Nosher Nov 13, 2007 11:59 AM

                                    It depends--washed out blue jeans: not allowed. But dark denim jeans that could pass for slacks: possibly. I've seen people with black and dark-wash jeans in there once or twice. But nobody is getting past the door in bright blue 501s.

                                    Nosher

                                    NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                                gloriousfood Nov 12, 2007 06:24 AM

                                I've been meaning to have lunch here for a long time but am slightly confused after reading this thread. Are there two dining rooms that serve lunch? If I want the $28 prix fixe, do I specify the "Nougatine Room"? TIA.

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                                  kathryn Nov 12, 2007 07:04 AM

                                  Jean Georges' main dining room for lunch (only during the week) is the one everybody is talking about. (Not Nougatine).

                                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38138...

                                  "Restaurant Jean-Georges the one that is a 4-star place and Nougatine is it's casual "little brother", ie, not a 4-star place in its own right? J-G is only for lunch (weekdays)and dinner while Nougatine acts as the hotel's everyday "coffee shop"."

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                                    gloriousfood Nov 12, 2007 11:01 AM

                                    Got it. Thank you.

                                2. Nosher Nov 11, 2007 01:50 AM

                                  We wrote up a visit to Jean Georges for lunch a few weeks back (the week before Bruni did)--there are photos and prices listed for the meal, but the short version is that desserts are $8, in addition to the two courses for $28.

                                  Nosher

                                  NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                                    lamaranthe Nov 12, 2007 05:58 AM

                                    From what I read on the Net, you have to make reservations long in advance.

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                                      xigua Nov 12, 2007 06:19 AM

                                      From my experience, its not that difficult to get reservations. I've been to Jean Georges for lunch a couple times and have always gotten tables with less than 3 days notice (for a small party of 2 usually).
                                      You can also get the both Nougatine's and the main dining room menus if you're eating at the bar.

                                      www.orderinny.com

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                                        ganache123 Nov 13, 2007 08:43 AM

                                        Thanks for all the information. JG was booked for lunch on Wednesday so we are going to Jo Jo instead. Anyone have any info on that?

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                                          kobetobiko Nov 13, 2007 08:57 AM

                                          I haven't been to Jo Jo for ages now, but instead of JG you may want to consider Perry Street for lunch. If you look at their menus there are some overlaps in the offerings, so you can still get a taste of JG!

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                                            Brian S Nov 13, 2007 09:08 AM

                                            I agree that you should go to Perry St. www.chowhound.com/topics/339446

                                            I tried to go to Jean-Georges last Friday and it was fully booked. This never happened before. Maybe all the publicity has made their lunch more crowded. What a shame.

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                                              acroyear Nov 5, 2011 09:28 AM

                                              On that note, we had a resrevation booked for 1:30 and were waiting for over 15 minutes to be seated and so I gave Masa a call and they had space so I walked across the street instead. We were not the only couple waiting - the place was very disorganied - so I would NOT recommend JG for lunch unless you are on a budget and don't mind waiting. YMMV.

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                                              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                                                wreckers00 Nov 6, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                this is dumb. Ppl don't just decide in a flash to go eat at Masa. You automatically drop a $1000 there for 2.

                                                You can't not recommend a place if you didn't eat there. You have one point...they made you wait 20 minutes. Big deal

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                                                10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                                                  acroyear Nov 6, 2011 08:11 PM

                                                  @ wreckers00

                                                  I ate at JG a couple of years ago for dinner and it was ok.

                                                  Let me revise my stance re: JG ... I can not recommend JG for lunch as to me dining is not just about the food it is also about the experience and making me wait for 20 minutes after booking it 1 month in advance for a 1:30 p.m. reservation doesn't cut it for me.

                                                  And, my bad, I went to Bar Masa (not Masa) so only had to drop a few hundred (not $1000) for lunch. I did decide going there in a flash since I was in town for a wedding and so didn't have much alternatives that day after JG screwed things up.

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                                                  Bar Masa
                                                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                                                  Masa
                                                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                                                    famdoc Nov 7, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                    We had lunch at JG this past summer, on the day when the time and temperature clock overlooking Columbus Circle read 106 degrees. The A/C inside was straining, so they brought in some portable units, making the room comfortable.
                                                    The wait staff worked extraordinarily hard under the most difficult of conditions and served us a wonderful meal. My college-aged daughter had an important appointment that forced her to leave the table before dessert. Our waiter immediately brought her a boxed dessert and a bag of petits-fours. I'd go back in a flash, notwithstanding your 20 minute wait. Did anyone explain the wait, apologize for it or offer you a seat at the bar while you waited?

                                                    Another delightful lunch at a bargain price is that served at Del Posto. There have been one or two threads here about it.

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                                                    85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                                                      Spiritchaser Nov 7, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                      famdoc - your story reminded me of something similar that happened to us at JG. The first time we went to JG my GF and I were so enjoying our meal that time "kind of" got away from us, when we realized we probably could not fit in dessert and taking it with us to where we were going wasn't an option we explained to our Captain that we would be skipping it but we understood it was our fault. He was so upset we wouldn't get to try their desserts he said he would bring out a dessert "sampler" for us as soon as we finished our mains and we could eat whatever we had time for. It was a wonderful gesture on their part and it made us big fans, we've enjoyed many meals there since.

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                                                        acroyear Nov 7, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                        Hey famdoc, am I expecting too much? Here is what happened.

                                                        We arrived promptly at 1:30 p.m. and they said they were waiting for tables to finish-up and asked us to wait in the bar area and they would call us. I should have known something was up because as soon as we arrived through the main doors there were other people standing around near the hostess stand (and the bar).

                                                        They did not offer to seat us at the bar probably because that would have been impossible since the bar was full with people dining - I saw a couple of people receive a chocolate cake of some sort so not sure if it is possible for walk-ins to eat at the bar or what. There were other couples standing around in the bar area also (complaining among themselves) - we were not the only ones.

                                                        During our wait, no one updated us so at the 15 minute mark I called to see if Bar Masa had space and they did - Bar Masa's doesn't take reservations for lunch so we waited five more minutes to the 20 minute mark and then went to give the hostess our coat check marker to get our coats back and said we were heading somewhere else and weren't going to wait. At that point, she did say sorry and I said that in terms of feedback she should know (or maybe she already did since the reservation was made through open table) that we booked this a month earlier. There was another guy next to the hostess looking at a screen and she turned to him after saying sorry as if looking for him to help out but he made no eye contact with either her or us and said nothing. Neither of them offered up that it would be "another 5 minutes" or whatever. So the coat lady came out and handed us our coats and we left.

                                                        That is the scoop.

                                                        I tried to get my girlfriend to try something new in the area (I had been to JG before and we both had been to Bar Masa previously) and so luckily lunch wasn't a total bust - we were able to get a spot at Bar Masa and enjoy ourselves. But after this experience I wouldn't bother trying to return for lunch if it is going to be so disorganized and overbooked. And given there are many other choices available in NYC I won't be in a rush to go back for dinner either. My previous dinner experience was "ok" but not a "wow".

                                                        If I am going to a fine-dining establishment and have a reservation booked I expect to walk-in and be seated promptly.

                                                        AM I ASKING TOO MUCH?

                                                        P.S. for the record, if the restaurant wants take my credit card and charge me if I don't show, I have no problem with that either.

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                                                          famdoc Nov 7, 2011 09:07 AM

                                                          No, the story as you tell it, does not reflect an unreasonable grievance nor does it reflect an unreasonable response to your inconvenience. They anticipated one of the 12 noon tables to vacate by 1:30, but that did not happen. They should have offered you some reasonable alternative when they recognized they couldn't honor the time of your reservation. A host or hostess should have came to you, explained the situation, offered a fair estimate of when you would truly be seated and offered to comp you wine, dessert or something of equivalent value.

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                                                            acroyear Nov 7, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                            The thing that makes it worse is that it just wasn't us waiting for a table. There were others in the bar area and near the hostess so they must have really miscalculated/overbooked.

                                                            This would be an interesting topic - to gauge people's expectations of a reservation. Is there a way on chowhound to do a survey? What do people feel is a reasonable wait time and is there any amount of "compensation" that could be offered that would make it right?

                                                            When I book a flight, hotel or car or a restaurant in this case, I expect it to be available (without significant delay). If I don't cancel by a pre-determined time go ahead and charge my credit card but make sure my purchase is reserved.

                                                            An explanation would have been polite but not sure it would have helped.

                                                            I guess to me the "experience" is more than the food - it starts from being greated to saying goodbye at the end of the meal and everything in-between.

                                                            If I booked Next in Chicago and prepaid for my ticket and showed up for my Saturday night reservation (for which I paid a premium vs. say weekday reservation) and my table wasn't ready I don't think I would be too amused.

                                                            1. re: acroyear
                                                              Cheeryvisage Nov 7, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                              There is currently a thread going on about this exact topic actually.

                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812420

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                                                                acroyear Nov 7, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                Yes excellent point raised there by sunshine842:

                                                                "They'd have no qualms about seating someone else at my table if I didn't show up for my reservation (and have had such happen, even though I was stuck in traffic and phoned them to advise them that I would be alte), so I have no qualms about walking out if they don't have a table for me within a reasonable period of time."

                                                                Couldn't have said it better!

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                                                                famdoc Nov 7, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                Your expectations are reasonable, but probably a tad more stringent than my own.
                                                                If I am anticipating a great experience at a restaurant, I guess 15 minutes would not bother me, particularly if I am waiting with my wife or a friend...fifteen minutes of conversation go by much faster than fifteen minutes of fuming over a potentially spoiled "experience".

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                                                                  acroyear Nov 7, 2011 11:54 AM

                                                                  Yes I guess in this situation I had a bit of "power" in that I wasn't dying to have lunch at JG (since I had already been for dinner and it was ok) and also since I knew Bar Masa (and Per Se) were a short walk away. At some other places if you are going for a nice meal out you would be screwed since the travel time to get somewhere else would be prohibitive.

                                                                  I guess I have learned my lesson - don't book late lunches - I figured they would be safer since the crowd would have cleared and it wouldn't have been as busy so we could relax and enjoy lunch (like we ended up doing elsewhere).

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                                                                  10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                                                                  Bar Masa
                                                                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                                        Lucia Nov 10, 2007 04:52 PM

                                        2 courses for $28 does not include dessert. Dessert is another $8, but you do get complimentary marshmallows and a few cookies at the end of the meal. I think that the JG prix fixe is a great deal--definitely would recommend. I haven't been to any JG restaurants besides Perry St. and JG, so I don't have any other recs.

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                                          drumwine Nov 10, 2007 09:29 PM

                                          Yes..JG prix fixe lunch is a terrific deal for terrific food.....check out what Ed Levine wrote about it 2 days ago.

                                          http://edlevineeats.seriouseats.com/2...

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                                            dkstar1 Nov 11, 2007 03:24 AM

                                            It does if you eat in the Nougatine Room.

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