Flawlessly executed French fare
The minimalist dining room at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Jean-Georges restaurant defines sexy — it reminds us of an extra-large egg, thanks to the curved white seating, soft round lighting, pale white walls and sheer drapes. Housed inside Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant has a soaring ceiling and windows that contribute to the delicate, airy feeling.

But that's as far as your attention will veer from the real star of the show: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ethereal Asian-influenced French cuisine (lobster tartine with a lemongrass and fenugreek broth; young garlic soup with frog's legs). Vongerichten is a master at layering flavor, making each bite a hit parade of taste — striking you first with smoky, grilled sea bass, chasing it with tartly acidic ruby red grapefruit juice, then following with peppery-sweet caramelized radishes. Savor his flawless technique in a three-course meal or a seven-course procession of signature dishes.
Things to Know
  • Guys, when you head out to Jean-Georges, don’t forget to grab a jacket — the restaurant requires one in its main dining room. Ladies are expected to dress for a similarly formal experience.
  • If you want to dine at Jean-Georges, we highly recommend making a reservation. As one of the most renowned French eateries in New York City, the dining hot spot suggests making preparations in advance with a phone call or online reservations at OpenTable.
  • You can order from the restaurant's three-course, signature or seasonal tasting dinner menus. With either selection, expect plating to be minimal, yet elegant, allowing the essence of the ingredients to shine through.
The Chef
  • 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.
Getting There
1 Central Park West, New York, New York 10023
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