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Nov 28, 2010 08:52 AM

Jean Georges two-course lunch--recommended dishes?

I've read reams of reviews in preparation for a lunch this week. And I had planned to order the skate with Chateau Chalon sauce, only to find that the skate on the current menu is now "steamed, with roasted pumpkin seeds, spaghetti squash and soy-yuzu broth," which sounds far less appealing to me. It also appears to be listed with the appetizers on their website.

On the two -course prix fixe, can one order ANY two dishes on the menu? For example, salmon and sweetbreads, both in the main course section?

Most important, I am looking for clues on which dishes are best on the current menu. I will probably skip the sushi/crudo fish appetizers. I've had the foie brulee and loved it, but would like to try something new this time...

Please feel free to offer any and all opinions on the current lunch menu..

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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  1. I went about a month ago with a couple friends. I don't remember that we could choose any two items, but I don't recall exactly how it worked. I just looked up the menu, and I don't see several of the items we got, so it appears the menu has changed a bit since we were last there. Anyway, here's what we got:

    First courses:
    -a ravioli with jalapeno slices - I didn't taste it, but my friend said it was good
    -a crab cake roll - my friend said it was wonderful, i think it was the star of our first courses.
    -a sushi type appetizer with pistachios - it was just okay

    Second courses:
    -steak with brussel sprouts- my friend got this, i think it was the best of our entrees (the current menu says hanger steak, but for some reason i thought it was a different cut when we were there, but i'm not sure).
    -salmon - my friend got this and she really enjoyed it
    -i got the skate you describe in your original post, with the roasted pumpkin seeds, etc. - i don't recommend it, it just seemed to be missing a pop in flavor and texture. between the fish and the squash, it was mushy, the pumpkin seeds added some crunch, but not enough. and the flavors just didn't wow me.

    initially i was planning to order the red snapper (based on CH reviews and feedback i received, but didn't end up getting it due to a dietary restriction and substituted the skate), so maybe you could go with that as well.

    hope this helps.

    1. Yes, you can order any two (or more) dishes you want. They are ordered from lightest to heaviest, but there are no "course" sections (like appetizer versus entree). I typically order 3 dishes, but if I'm really wanting to fill up - or just can't eliminate an option - I'll order 4. When that happens, I skip dessert!

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      1. re: edwardspk

        Thanks so much. I am having a difficult time deciding what to choose, but the skate has now been banished from my list!

        Anyone else care to comment on JG fall lunch menu?

      2. Sorry this is late, you've probably gone already, in which case I'd love to hear what your thoughts were.

        The ravioli with jalapenos is delicious. some really complicated and amazing layering of flavors going on. Sweet mint sauce plus jalapeno plus mushroom.

        Ditto on skipping the skate. I've had the risotto which is perfectly prepared and a good fallback. Tuna ribbons were not as good as I thought they would be.

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        1. re: windycity

          Actually, I never did have that lunch. My friend, who is now skating on thin ice, cancelled on me; happily this was just outside the 48 hour window of their cancellation policy so I was not charged on my card (you have to give your cc # when booking)

          1. re: erica

            Jean Georges has a 48 hour cancellation policy? Is that for both lunch and dinner? Is this something relatively new (I haven't had dinner at JG in a few years, and don't recall this policy).

            1. re: ellenost

              To reserve lunch (I used Open Table) for two persons I had to give my credit card and they were very clear that they would charge me if I cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. They did not have this policy in place when I last had dinner there but it must hold true for all bookings now..