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Jean-Georges, The Last Supper NYC

If this were the last time you will be dining at NYC for some time, where will you visit?

My choice was Jean-Georges, the famed three Michelin Star Restaurant. Fortunately, we were able to get a reservation for 2:30pm for late lunch. Conveniently located in the Columbus Circle, we shopped around until our reservation time. With lush, off-white leather seating and large windows off of Central Park, it embodies the spirit of Manhattan.IMAG2039

We ordered the prix-fix course, but with the addition of many “on-the-house” small dishes, we felt like we were having a six course meal.

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The foie gras brulee is not to be missed. The velvety interior melts in your mouth coupled with the crunchy exterior, it’s oh so heavenly. Paired with the  riesling jelly on the side makes this dish complete.

IMAG2030The sea urchin appetizer was soso, but I appreciate their attempt at Asian fusion.

imag2029The Crispy Confit of Suckling Pig, Rutabaga “Pudding” and Smoked Marmalade was my other favorite. Albeit difficult and messy to eat, the crunchy skin with the moist and tender meat leaves you lusting for more. It was already quite a big portion, but I’m sure I could have consumed another slice.

imag2031We paid extra for the caramelized wagyu and it was meh… I prefer the steak from Alexander Steakhouse in Silicon Valley.

imag2033The desserts were a different story. With a major sweet tooth, I had problem deciding between the options. I ended up with caramel swayed mostly by my preference for salted caramel ice cream because of my addiction after visiting Bi-Rite Creamery in SF. If you order prix-fix, do not skip the dessert!

IMAG2037I was already content with my selections of food that afternoon, just to be surprised by even more sweets. And yes, the white spongy pillow looking thing are their famous house made marshmellow. I was surprised by the black pepper, but it could’ve been more special. Among the sweets, I preferred the crunchy pieces. And don’t be fooled by the macarons, they look good, but because of their tiny size, they are dried out and unlike the luxurious chewy macaron you can go down the street to La Duree.

imag2038It’s quite an experience. Visit it at least once and you won’t be sorry.

I’ll introduce more delicious places in NYC later, but if I had to choose a place as my last meal, Jean-Georges will be on my list.

Jean-Georges
1 Central Park W
New York, NY 10023
(212) 299-3900

Categories: Food

Yummy Find: Doughnut Plant for the Perfect Doughnut

The Doughnut Plant was on the top of my to visit list before I set foot in New York. With raving reviews and impeccable rating of 4+ star, it is a must visit. There are so many delicious dessert places, but this is not to be missed. Their doughnuts are heaven in every bite. The cozy little space with the unique wall decor of doughnut cushions that actually look like some of the choices they have on the menu. Notice the square doughnuts, they do have them in square shaped, but no, they do not have Yankees doughnut.
 There are limited space in the cafe for sit down dining, but if you do happen to find seats, grab them and enjoy the waft of fresh doughnut and freshly brewed coffee. Notice the chairs, they are in doughnut shape too. So adorable!
 
This is my favorite – Creme Brulee Doughnut. These are quite small and they come in twos, but they are so exquisite. The burnt sugar on the top and succulent cream within tastes as if you are consuming a actual creme brulee. The chewiness of the dough adds on a layer of complexity in texture.
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Matcha Green Tea Doughnut on the other hand is made with a cake dough, so it is more like a dense cake than a chewy doughnut. It’s good, but not nearly as mouth watering as the Creme Brulee.
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The square doughnuts tend to be on the sweeter side. I would just buy it because it’s a square doughnut. This is the PB&J, but I preferred the coconut creme despite being very sweet. One plus side to these doughnuts is that they do not go stale the following morning. They still taste chewy and delicious the morning after. Try it if you haven’t! Side Note: These little art works are quite pricey, so if you don’t want to have a hole in your wallet or pack on the pounds, consume sparingly.
l (2) There are two locations. One in Chelsea and one in Lower East Side. The one I visited was the one in Chelsea and here is the store information. And one last funny tip: visit their restroom. It’s highly reflective.
220 W 23rd St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave) 
New York, NY 10011
(212) 505-3700

Categories: Food