Most of the day was nothing special. We caught the train from DC to NYC, getting in around lunchtime. We spend the afternoon doing laundry and chilling out, then got ready for dinner. This was to be no ordinary dinner, we headed to Jean-Georges in the Trump Tower at Columbus Circle. We had booked a table a month in advance as this place has three Michelin stars (and a price point to match).
No pictures because we felt a little uncouth taking pictures with a phone in such a fancy setting, although here is one of us ready to head out and one of me outside the restaurant at the end of the night (obviously stuffed full of good food):
We did the Autumn-themed degustation menu which used seasonal produce, although they let two of us switch the stone fruits dessert plate for the chocolate one from the normal menu so we could try both.
The restaurant itself was very fancy – waiters flattened themselves against the wall when you walked past (I felt like I was a 19th century English Lord and the servant girls had to stop scrubbing the floor and face the wall whenever I walked past). There were comfy padded chairs, most tables had a few chairs and then a two-seater lounge, men had to wear jackets the whole time (poor Tom, it was quite warm in there). There was fresh cutlery for every course, laid out like it was an important ceremony. Instead of a bread basket on the table there was a selection of about 6 different breads and they came around periodically to see if you wanted any. The plates were white and cool, curved shapes, (Tom said they looked like melted Pizza Hut Works ice cream bowls, an accurate description that did not detract from their classiness.) There were so many waiters (all at different levels: bread waiter, wine waiter, your personal table waiter, food serving waiter, water topping up waiter) – I think probably enough for one per guest. The table next to us had 6 guests and for some of the dishes there were sauces that got added at the last minute so one waiter would stand behind each guest and they would all pour in unison, which looked pretty cool. All in all, it was very much an “experience” and at a cost for 4 people akin to my fortnightly take home wage when I started teaching, not something I am likely to do again anytime soon.
Anyways, to the star of the night – the food. It was amazing! There was enough fancy, never tried before stuff, without it going overboard modern and deconstructing everything. Before the menu started we got some little hors d’oeuvres, I can’t remember what they were but one was lots of herbs in a ball which I didn’t like much (too sweet), the other thing was awesome but I have no idea what it was. The rest of the menu followed what is above, except instead of the ravioli we had a mushroom salad (which was great). My favourite was the mushroom salad, followed by the red snapper, then the chop, then the sashimi, turnip, lobster. By the time we reached dessert, not only was I stuffed full but I had unfortunately developed a migraine so I forced myself the try the tiniest bit of everything, but I could not eat it. Such a good night though even a migraine could not spoil it entirely!
I highly recommend everyone do something like this at least once in their life!