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May 8, 2009 03:57 AM

The Michelin Three Star Lunches

Has anyone been to Jean Georges or Le Bernardin for lunch recently? How does the overall experience compare to the dinner service? I realize some dishes will be limited, but in terms of service, quality, and overall "feel" does one lose out by going for lunch as opposed to dinner?

Cheers and Thanks.

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  1. If you do a search you will see a lot on Jean Georges on the board. I think it's pretty much universally recommended for lunch due to the quality, choice and value. It's an exceptional lunch experience for the money.

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    1. re: LBNJNY

      I did indeed browse - the question, in addition to Le Bernardin, was whether it "lived up" to the dinner. :-)

      1. re: uhockey

        I cant speak from experience, but Frank Bruni (the nytimes food critic) called his lunch at le bernadin last year, his favorite meal of the year.

        1. re: uhockey

          We have been to Jean Georges for dinner and lunch. Though the menu structures are quite different -- 2 for $28 at lunch vs. prix-fixes and tasting menus at dinner -- there is no difference in the quality of the cuisine or service.

          The ambiance, however, is decidedly different. During the day, with the light pouring in through the huge windows on three sides, the room is very bright and airy. At night, with the draperies drawn and the perfect lighting, the room takes on a soft, golden glow.

          We've only been to Le Bernardin for dinner, but my guess is there would be no difference with regard to the cuisine or service. With regard to the space, it does absolutely nothing for me. I find the decor unappealing, and there are too many tables jammed in too closely together for a restaurant of this high caliber.

      2. unhockey, I just had the pleasure of dining at Jean Georges last week. The two course lunch is a great value. The service and quality of food was outstanding. I wish I could eat there everyday!

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        1. re: heatcrave

          How far in advance would lunch reservations be needed, if at all?

          1. re: littlegirltree

            I think it's wise to make a reservation. A quick check of OpenTable shows a table for two available for Monday, May 11th, at 1:45 p.m. But the following day is showing no availability at all. Keep in mind that restaurants do not give all their reservations to OpenTable, so if nothing is available on OT, you should call the restaurant directly.