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Jean-Georges or Del Posto for 30th birthday dinner?

bokomaru Nov 17, 2013 07:33 PM

If you were given the choice of Jean-Georges or Del Posto to celebrate your 30th birthday, which would you choose? We have reservations at both, and I was given the choice...

I'm leaning towards Del Posto, because it seems more romantic, fun and interesting. Am I leaning in the right direction?


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  1. ipsedixit RE: bokomaru Nov 17, 2013 07:51 PM

    I think Jean-Georges provides a more sophisticated dining experience.

    That said, the 2 are really sort of different on a very basic level, right? French versus Italian.

    If you have no preference, then just based on cooking technique and execution and culinary sophistication, I would say Jean-Georges would be my choice. And depending on where you are sitting the room and view can be stunning. (And I say all of this not even being a fan of the ugly step-child next door, which should be avoided even if you're on an unlimited expense account.)

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      sugartoof RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 12:40 AM

      You're talking about Nougatine? I've enjoyed my dining experience there more than some visits to Jean George.

      I think it depends on the OP's personal taste more than anything, but Jean George doesn't strike me as a turning 30 kind of place, even if the place is all around a better suggestion.

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        ipsedixit RE: sugartoof Nov 18, 2013 07:57 AM

        Yes. Nougatine.

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      irvingk RE: bokomaru Nov 18, 2013 04:29 AM

      Two different types of restaurants. You cant go wrong with either. Both top tier. JG the service is very stiff. Enjoy whichever you pick.

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        villainx RE: bokomaru Nov 18, 2013 05:30 AM

        What others have said about the restaurants being different.

        However, I don't like the marshmallows they give at JG, and prefer the candies and cookies at Del Posto a lot more.

        Are you just getting their lunch deal, or would you be going for the full tasting? I would go to whichever one was more convenient. I know, not helpful.

        1. Monica RE: bokomaru Nov 18, 2013 06:34 AM

          I'd choose Del Posto. I think it's more fun. JG, while has a nice dining room and the best service staff I've ever seen, can be a bit stuffy and cold for 30th b'day.

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            Scott_C RE: bokomaru Nov 18, 2013 06:49 AM

            I've celebrated birthdays at Jean-Georges but if you want a warm, romantic room, then definitely go to Del Posto.

            As for food, Jean-Georges is more innovative, leaning towards Asian flavor accents and the techniques of nouvelle cuisine, Del Posto is all about high-end ingredients sourced from Italy prepared in a somewhat simpler manner. Both menus are delicious.

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              zeeEats RE: Scott_C Nov 18, 2013 07:53 AM

              Definitely agree about the two restaurants being so drastically different that it really depends on what the OP is looking for.

              I would personally choose Del Posto based on the ambiance and service, it's much more comfortable and romantic. The style of cooking is different but both great - I'm sure you'd enjoy the food wherever you choose.

            2. foodmonk RE: bokomaru Nov 19, 2013 04:14 AM

              We had a spectacular dinner at Jean-Georges a few weeks ago. Really. Just. Extraordinary. We had the tasting menu, with wine pairing, and it was just perfect. However, I would not say that the dining experience was romantic per se. Although there are some more private nooks, the main dining area is lofty and exposed and well-lit. If you get the tasting menu, it's really much more about the food than the company. If you want romance, you might go for a space that is a little more conducive to cuddly time.

              If you're going mostly for the food, by all means, do go to Jean-Georges.

              1. sgordon RE: bokomaru Nov 19, 2013 04:57 PM

                Del Posto is for sure more romantic, ambience-wise. JG has a bit more of a "corporate" vibe, it's not the most romantic room. There's also more space between tables at DP as I recall, which makes things nicer.

                I don't know that I'd call JG more sophisticated, but they're more modern / adventurous where DP leans a bit more traditional. Not, like, modern in a WD-50 way, but JG stretches outside his French base in terms of flavor pairings and such, whereas DP is more along the lines of flawlessly executed classical Italian. I would not say the food is demonstrably "better" at one over the other.

                I think it comes down to "romantic" vs. "interesting" and which is more important to you - DP is more the former, JG more the latter. As for "fun" I'd probably give the edge to DP as JG can be a bit stuffy sometimes.

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