On our last day in New York City, we met the Mayor and the Editor for one final incredible meal in Central Park West.
The outside of Jean Georges is rather understated and easy to miss.
Unlike stuffy and staid Le Bernardin, Jean Georges was modern, airy, and filled with a younger energy. I liked the design and feel of this restaurant much more.
Jean Georges. There are many reasons why your dining room is full of grey hair, and Jean Georges' is not.
One big reason at lunch is Jean Georges' unbelievably affordable prix fixe deal.
That price is delicious, no? Naturally, we all opted for three courses and shared everything. I love my friends!
The Mayor and Mr. Monkey each had a chili-lime soda ($6).
Amuse bouche trio -- strawberry mint soup, gruyere and cherry tomato mini panini, and ribbon of smoked salmon with uni vinaigrette.
What a way to start! Cool and sweet, cheesy and crunchy, superbly fresh.
Sweet pea soup, croutons, and parmesan.
Smooth and mild, yet flavorful. So simple but wonderfully executed.
Peekytoe crab, asparagus, mustard, and melon juice.
Fresh, clean, and plentiful. Again, very simple but so damn good.
Tuna ribbons, avocado, spicy radish, ginger marinade.
Foie gras brulee with slowly roasted strawberries.
Effing amazing. I still think of this today. Some of the best foie I've ever had. The combination with strawberries and the burnt sugar top was genius.
Parmesan risotto with mushrooms and herbs.
Rich, creamy, and delicate. Excellent consistency.
Young garlic soup with thyme, sauteed frog legs.
Nom nom nom. So good that I was tempted to swipe it from the Mayor. The soup was dreamy, and the frog legs were golden and crisp.
Skate with Chateau Chalon sauce.
Tender and luscious. Fantastic fish.
Goat cheese gnocchi, caramelized baby artichoke, parsley.
Creamy yum yum yum. I wanted more! A lot more!
Real rose petals. Nice.
Parmesan-crusted confit leg of chicken, potato puree, and lemon butter.
The Mayor really had some good ordering mojo this day. This was her pick, too, and it was fabulous. The parmesan crust was awesome, and the chicken was incredibly moist.
Grilled beef tenderloin and crunchy potatoes, tomato compote with chilies and garlic.
Good but nothing special. It actually looked better than it tasted.
Roasted veal, braised artichokes, parmesan, and lavender.
Also nothing to write home about. Pleasant but not amazing.
Green tea cake, hibiscus-poached rhubarb, rhubarb and birch beer ice cream float.
So pretty and fun! Light and lovely.
Chocolate cake, vanilla bean ice cream, warm chocolate gnocchi, grapefruit, gianduja, basil.
Chocolate pop, coffee-cardamom ice cream, caramel curd, dehydrated sponge, roasted pineapple sorbet.
Interesting pairing of caramel with pineapple, and it worked! Unexpected delight.
Strawberry sorbet, lavender sugar crisp, deconstructed strawberry shortcake.
The embodiment of sweet summer. The lavender sugar crisp was so neat!
Mignardise came with a show.
Our server cut us these fresh and fluffy marshmallows.
Mignardise also included teeny-tiny macarons, as well as several chocolates.
After lunch, the Editor and the Mayor took us to the nearby Time Warner Center.
a mall. Well, it wasn't for this guy, even though he was amusing. This is no ordinary mall.
This mall houses the Bouchon Bakery.
Also in the Time Warner Center is the swanky Mandarin Oriental, which has Asiate, a restaurant with breathtaking views.
And what else does this mall have to offer? See for yourself! Who knew such greatness would be in a mall?
Per Se and Masa some day. Hopefully, the Mayor and the Editor will be able to join us for those meals, too. They made our meals at Jean Georges and wd-50 even more memorable. Love you guys.