If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have one of the legendary celebrity chefs of the world in the kitchen cooking for you, come to Jean-Georges. He’s spotted in chef whites by the bar or at the door to the dining room more often than not, overseeing the quiet murmur of conversation as New Yorkers savor each bite of his Alice-in-Wonderland uni on black bread with jalapeño and yuzu, the egg “caviar” or his lobster with lemongrass and fenugreek. Eric Hastings mans the wine list, offering up plenty of bubbles for what may be the most chic and memorable lunch you can find in New York, looking through the vast windows to Central Park, hearing your dining partners without having to lean in, receiving a check that may startle you in its modesty.
Update 2018: Rory Pugh, a W&S Best New Sommelier of 2017, took over as wine director at Jean-Georges in 2018.
1 Central Park West, New York, NY
This story appears in the print issue of April 2016.
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