April 15, 2008
Monday in NYC
G and I arrived a few minutes early for our noon reservation at Jean-Georges and decided to browse through The Shops at Columbus Circle, where we saw an exhibit of costumes from The Lion King. Rik and I had seen it in London and it was a fabulous opportunity to get close to the various costumes, headdresses, and other accoutrements that made this show so magical.
Jean-Georges is the name of one of New York City's top chefs and the name of one of his restaurants. They offer a prix fixe lunch special that cannot be beat -- 3 courses for $24.07 AND the best cup of coffee we'd had so far. G had a lovely salad to start, while I enjoyed a delicate hot and sour soup. We both had the garlic roast chicken, which was served over orrecchiete pasta ("little ears"), arugula and fresh herbs. For dessert we simply had to have one of each: a fruit concoction and the chocolate choice. You can see in the photo that our daily dose of vitamin CH (chocolate) was elegantly served and of course tasted delicious.
I think that the chef we saw walk through the restaurant several times was Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself. He wasn't wearing a toque, but his chef's whites were pristine and unstained. He might not have been cooking, but he was sure keeping an eye on things!
After this decadent meal we bundled our luggage into a taxi and dropped me off at a friend's while G went back to Seattle.