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Lunch at Jean Georges

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.

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  1. 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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    1. re: Lucia

      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...

      1. re: Lucia

        It does if you eat in the Nougatine Room.

      2. 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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        1. re: Nosher

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

          1. re: lamaranthe

            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

            1. re: xigua

              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?

              1. re: ganache123

                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!

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  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.

                  1. re: Brian S

                    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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                    Masa
                    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: acroyear

                      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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                      Masa
                      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: wreckers00

                        @ 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

                        1. re: acroyear

                          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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                          Del Posto
                          85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                          1. re: famdoc

                            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.

                            1. re: famdoc

                              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.

                              1. re: acroyear

                                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.

                                1. re: famdoc

                                  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

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

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

                                    1. re: Cheeryvisage

                                      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!

                                    2. re: acroyear

                                      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".

                                      1. re: famdoc

                                        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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                                        Per Se
                                        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                                        Bar Masa
                                        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

            2. 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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              1. re: gloriousfood

                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"."

              2. 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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                1. re: John Lowrey

                  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

                    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

                    1. re: Nosher

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

                      1. re: Brian S

                        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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: etowernyc

                      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

                      1. re: kobetobiko

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

                        1. re: etowernyc

                          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

                          1. re: Nosher

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

                            http://www.bigapplediningguide.com

                          2. re: etowernyc

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

                            1. re: Brian S

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

                              1. re: Brian S

                                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