Jean-Georges is located in the Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle
Servers walk around with two bread options. Slices of wheat bread (above) or bread rolls (below)
Do not get this roll unless you want to look like a dog gnawing on a bone Hardest roll ever.
Two handmade sodas: lemon ginger and passionfruit yuzu. Fresh, sparkly and so delightful.
The amuse bouche trio
Watermelon with a morsel of lemon, sprinkle of seasalt and a sliver of scallions. Love.
Fresh mozzarella with fresh rasberries, sea salt and edible flowers. Too pretty to eat, but was just as pretty in taste.
Chamomile chicken soup, to drink like a shot. Super rich and creamy.
Caramelized cauliflowers atop sea scallops in a raisin-caper emulsion.
This was incredible. The sauce was so luscious and thick and the cauliflower...the flavor combinations accenting the fresh taste of the sea scallops was phenomenal.
Soft shell crab with shiso-yuzu mayonnaise and some Boston lettuce
The soft shell crab was meaty and crispy. And again with the unbelievable sauce. Cannot get enough.
The veal, topped with special ham from Upstate New York, lightly pan fried and topped with fresh peas; the sauce was poured tableside
Hands down, my favorite. The veal was incredibly flavorful, the ham lent a certain savoriness, and the meat had these DELECTABLE crispy edges. I just looked at the current menu, and the veal offering appears to have changed. Shame. I would go again in a heartbeat and just order two of these.
Roasted halibut in an "aromatic spice broth", poured tableside, scallions and fava beans
Fish cooked right tastes just so right, and this halibut was perfection. Impossibly white and flaky, juicy and fresh. The sauce was buttery with hints of spices.
Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream
The Happy Birthday scroll was made out of marzipan and completely edible; I totally ate half of it shamelessly
Love! Molten! Cakes !! The cake was delish, but how could it not be? Still, I would not opt to order this vs. Jean-Georges' other creative dessert selections; you can get molten cakes anywhere, but pea shoot ice cream? Good luck finding that elsewhere.
If you choose not to order a dessert, do not fear. Jean-Georges will not let you leave without satiating your sweet tooth. First, this vested man will cut homemade marshmallows and serve them at your table. Then he will give you a couple of other delicious dessert bites.
The complimentary petit four desserts
Vanilla bean marshmallows. Feather-light, soft pillowy clouds
Strawberry rhubarb macarons
Unbelievably delicious. I know Greeshma and I hate rhubarb, but mixed with strawberry - this macaron was pure bliss.
A cross-section of one of the chocolates. Each was a different flavor and all very unique and distinct.
Jean-Georges had four dessert options titled different things like, "Garden," "Rhubarb," "Citrus" or "Chocolate" and each is a plate with various items that fit under the title. I struggled between picking the Garden or Citrus, but in the end, I selected Garden.
One half of the Garden featured: "chocolate cremeux, mochi, blackberries and hazelnut." This was a fascinating bunch of textures and flavors. The chocolate truffle looking things had the consistency of mochi, the purple jelly roll tasted like a gourmet fruit rollup (a lovely one at that), and the raspberry dust had a sharp, strong tanginess that I cannot even describe. Together, they presented a full-on taste explosion.
The other half of the Garden was sweet pea ice cream served atop a bitter almond macaron. This was simple but quite wonderful. We had our doubts on sweet pea as an ice cream, but the flavor totally works, and I love the fresh pea shoot sprig garnish. This dessert will totally cheer you up from anything. I promise!