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You certainly have your pick of excellent French restaurants in New York City, but the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant Jean Georges is tops for its sophisticated fusion of French and Asian cuisines and affinity for seasonal ingredients. Before you head to this elegant Upper West Side hot spot, here are the top five things you need to know:
1. Reservations are strongly suggested at Jean Georges; the restaurant has a reputation for serving the best French cuisine in New York, and some of the best in the world so tables fill up quickly. You can call the restaurant or book online through OpenTable. Walk-ins are considered based on availability in the main dining room, which accommodates up to 64 guests.
2. Celebrated as one of the most talented chefs and restaurateurs alive, French-born Jean-Georges Vongerichten runs five New York establishments apart from Jean Georges, including JoJo, Mercer Kitchen, Perry St. and The Mark. A darling of critics and foodies alike, Vongerichten receives credit for helping reinvent classic French food using fresh juices and light broths rather than heavy butter and cream sauces.
3. Order a three-course, prix fixe menu or seven-course tasting menu, both of which feature exquisite dishes such as egg caviar, sea scallops with caramelized cauliflower and Maine lobster with black truffle gnocchi. You can also order from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star New York restaurant's signature or seasonal tasting dinner menus; the seasonal menu features a rotating cast of fresh produce. Plating is minimal, yet elegant, allowing the essence of the ingredients to shine through.
4. Jean Georges is known for its elegant interior, impeccable service and fine French cuisine, so dress to impress. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket in the main dining room; shorts and sneakers are not allowed. For ladies, a nice skirt, dress or slacks and blouse will do.
5. Dining at a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant means excellent food and service, but also a hefty price tag. Dinner is a splurge at Jean Georges, but we think it’s worth it, especially for special occasions and romantic dates. The prix fixe, three-course dinner costs $98, while the signature seven-course tasting menu costs $148 and the seasonal tasting menu is $168. Wine pairings will run an additional $120. If you’re on a budget but still want to check out what the restaurant has to offer, try the prix fixe lunch menu — one of the few from a top-tier restaurant in New York — set at $36 for two courses.