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Mar 13, 2011 06:22 AM

Jean Georges, lunch, not a seafood fan (alternatives?)

Good morning

Very infrequent poster here.

I am heading to NYC with some friends to see Driving Miss Daisy in early April. We have decided to have a nice leisurely lunch instead of dealing with pre-theater dinners - likely a cocktail before the show and then a dinner after.

I hear so many good things about it, but then in reviewing the lunch menu it looks seafood-heavy. Not a big seafood fan. Take the plunge anyway?

If I'm going to be disappointed, any of similar quality but less seafood specific that you would recommend instead?

Many thanks.

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

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  1. I hadn't looked at Jean George's lunch menu in quite some time. You're right. There is a lot of fish and seafood on it. I must say that the fish dishes I've had there have been outstanding. However, if you're leery and there aren't enough other things that seem enticing to you -- I had an amazing sweetbreads dish -- it would be best to go elsewhere.

    The following have food as delicious as J.G.'s and menus with lots of choices other than fish and seafood: Cafe Boulud, Bouley, EMP, and Tocqueville.

    1. Skip it - there are better lunches in town.

      Would strongly consider checking out Eleven Madison Park and Bouley. Aldea, Casa Mono, Momofuku Ssam, and others could also be considerable.

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

      Casa Mono
      52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

      Momofuku Ssam Bar
      207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      1. Jean-Georges is one of my favorites, and I just had lunch there yesterday. Delicious as always. Bi had the foie gras brule and beef tenderloin. The butternut squash soul and the chicken are also quite good. I would say you could easily enjoy your meal and avoid seafood items at the same time. And lunch is a bargain.