A Few Jean Georges Questions
My wife and I will be dining at Jean Georges in Aug, and I have a few questions.
1) My wife doesn't enjoy tasting menus, but I do. Does a tasting menu have to be ordered by the entire table?
2) I notice the Prix Fix offers 3 courses, but no dessert. What is the cost of dessert?
Outside of my questions are any other recommendations? Thanks in advance!
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
>> My wife doesn't enjoy tasting menus, but I do. Does a tasting menu have to be ordered by the entire table? <<
Doesn't hurt to ask, even if their stated policy is 'must order for entire table'.
Similar class restaurants we've requested this from (Forbes 5*, Michelin 3*) usually said 'OK'. Joel Robuchon was the most accomodating (4 courses for wife, 13 course Degustation menu for me ... 'of course, no problem!'). Kai and Meadowood were fine with 7 course tasting vs 4 courses. L20 was fine with letting us order 6 and 8 course tasting menus. Addison initially said 'no, sorry' so we just ordered 2 four course meals instead and I guess they calculated this would cost them $100 or so and the waiter came back and said "OK, just for you, just for tonight" ;) So that's why I say it doesn't hurt to ask.
The one resto (the only one so far) that just wouldn't bend was Le Bernardin, 'no' to 4 vs 8 course tasting, 'no' to 4 vs 7 course tasting, 'maybe, I'll check' to 8 & 7 course tastings (finally did agree to this, reluctantly it seemed).
Places with exceptional service would give my wife an additional small amuse bouche for each missed course (or at Robuchon, an extra free dessert), places with excellent service generally brought her a small empty plate and silverware so she could share a nibble if she wanted. The only place that just left her place empty was Le Bernardin, which seemed kind of cold compared to the others.
Anyway, ask and if they are having a slow night they may surprise you, regardless of the standard policy.
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