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Month: October, 2012

Jean Georges – Revisted

On a relatively slow Friday, I decided to step out of the office and eat a sit-down lunch with a couple friends. Before I knew it, we had a three hour lunch at Jean Georges; and it was worth it.

The traditional Jean Georges amuse bouche trio. (I could eat that bite of buttery uni and jalapeno over and over and over…)

Sweetbreads with peach.

Beautifully presented suckling pig with a nice crispy skin. Almost too delicate to eat. Almost…

Jean Georges never fails to impress me in presentation, taste, or service.

A Night in Gramercy

Apologies, but given how far behind I am, the next few entries will have to be brief.

I took my parents to Gramercy Tavern for dinner the week they were the NYC and here’s how it went.

Scallop over a slice of tomato amuse bouche. Watery and very light tasting with some japanese rice on top for added texture.

A great smoked trout that was tender and juicy.

The shrimp was nice with the fried okra and corn giving the dish some color. Unfortunately, we had eaten a similar shrimp dish at Jean-Georges for lunch the same day and the ones there were sweeter and bigger.

The beef fazzoletti was a bit too saucy so I felt it overpowered the pasta and dish as a whole. The pasta itself  was very tender and thin, not overcooked.

The lamb was probably my favorite dish of the night. It was cooked perfectly and everything on the dish was well balanced. Even presentation was nice as it seemed like the lamb was in a natural green forest.

Sadly, the pork loin was a bit tough and hard to cut into. But on the positive side, the pork belly was fatty and delicious (no surprise there).

The arctic char was decent, but I was really impressed with the eggplant in the dish. It was nicely charred from the grill with lots of eggplant flavor; absolutely delicious.

Lemon panna cotta dessert bite before our dessert courses.

Trio of desserts were all pretty good.

Petit fours: chocolate peanut butter squares, strawberry hazelnut macaron (delicious!), and honey chocolate.

And finally, almost as a parting gift, everyone was given (what I thought was) a brown sugar cinnamin coffee crumb cake muffin to take home. Thanks Gramercy Tavern!

 

http://www.gramercytavern.com/