Sunday, December 6, 2009

NYC 2009: A Contemporary Experience at Perry St by Jean-Georges

The thing about big cities we love most is that restaurants are open late. It was wonderful to get a 10:30pm reservation at one of Jean George's restaurants, Perry St, upon our late arrival into the city (and thanks to opentable, of course). It is located near the water, a little far from where we were staying (Madison and 50th/51st) but a close cab ride away. I have had the pleasure of eating lunch at Jean Georges before (the best halibut of my life!) and was excited to try this place out.

Perry St is simplistic in decor, and clearly a great place for groups and dates alike. We were seated in the small lounge while waiting for our table, which featured popcorn snacks (who needs nuts!?). I loved that the tables were spacious allowing for intimate conversations. Our picks for the night:

King oyster mushroom and avocado carpaccio with light jalapeno oil
Japanese snapper sashimi
Black pepper crab dumplings - the best of what we picked, had a slightly spicy taste.

Butter poached lobster with lemongrass and kaffir lime broth and potato ravioli - this was my entree and it was amazing! The lobster was meaty and generous and I couldn't soak up enough of the delicious sauce, it reminded me of the delicious prawn risottos we had in France. The potato ravioli was also surprisingly enjoyable, lightly filled in thin pasta. My plate was so amazing I refused to trade with Tony as we normally do!

Tony had snapper with asparagus and shitakes, which was very ornate with small asparagus and shitake slices placed carefully on top of the snapper. Yum!

We shared an apple confit with green apple sorbet and creme fraiche - our favourite part was the sorbet.

Overall, Perry St is a good deal - affordable and accessible as a Michelin Star restaurant (one star!). I found our mains to be most complex and unique, although the crab dumplings were really quite delicious. Another favourite was the cherry-yuzu soda we had with dinner, it was better than any cocktail we could have had!

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