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Must-have dishes at Jean-Georges?

My gf is taking me to Jean-Georges for my birthday next wkd. For a variety of reasons, we're not going to do the tasting menu. Are there any dishes we absolutely must try? Please advise.

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  1. the duck with a jordan almond crust

    1. Assuming this is for dinner:

      Santa Barbara sea urchin, black bread, jalapeño and yuzu
      Foie gras brulee with slowly roasted strawberries
      Sweet pea soup, croutons and Parmesan
      Gulf shrimp with smoked bacon, papaya mustard and avocado
      Turbot with Chateau Chalon sauce
      Parmesan crusted organic chicken, artichoke, basil and lemon butter
      Duck breast topped with cracked Jordan almonds, amaretto jus

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      1. re: hcbk0702

        I second the parmesan crusted chicken - the desserts are awesome too.

        1. The turbot with Chateau Chalon sauce makes me want to lick the plate. The sea urchin is also outstanding.

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          1. re: sidwich

            Yes, oh God, that sauce! Oh my God. I was in ecstasy.

            Go for turbot.

          2. I'm a foie gras addict and had very high expectations for the foie brulée; however, it really didn't bowl me over. Now, the turbot with the Chateau Chalon really was a died-and-gone-to-heaven experience! Defnitely not to be missed!

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            1. re: RGR

              This is extraordinarily useful, all, and it seems like the turbot is a consensus hit. That's a third course, I believe; curious about the first and second as well. -jhg

              1. re: jhggeyser

                The Sweetbreads are incredible as is the garlic soup w/ frogs legs.

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  I agree with the garlic soup with crispy frog legs. It was my favorite dish of the meal.

            2. jhgeyser:

              I will also recommend the foie, the garlic soup, and the fish with Chateau Chalon (I had skate at lunch).

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              1. re: ChemWork

                I second the foie gras brulee and young gralic soup and I also really liked the red snapper crusted with nuts and seeds. Enjoy!

              2. The egg caviar is also wonderful.

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                1. re: raw60

                  Again, thanks all. Any strong feelings about the Black Sea Bass, the Rack of Lamb or the Grilled Beef Tenderloin? -john

                  1. re: jhggeyser

                    I had the black sea bass. I remember it being good, but I didn't find it memorable.