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Jean Georges v. JoJo for lunch -- just one chance


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My parents and I will be in NCY next week while my dad has surgery in a local hospital. On the day before, he has pre-op tests in the morning but no restrictions for eating and a free afternoon. So, we have an opportunity for a nice lunch and a few hours to do something relaxing and distracting-from-surgical-anticipation.

I get to the city about once a year and have always wanted to eat the "cheapo" lunch at JG, but timing and/or companions have never allowed it. Now I see some of his other restaurants are offering a "Winter Promotion" deal that has become year-round. JoJo looks like it would be the best of those locations if we went with that alternative, but I know nothing about either place.

Where do you think we would have the nicest experience? My mom is the least adventurous eater among us, but both sample menus look like she would find plenty to love. I think we'd all like to enjoy delicious food, be a little impressed, but not feel like we have to expend a lot of mental energy overcoming any potential intimidation factors.

Also, where would you take people "in our condition" after lunch to while away a few hours?

Thanks in advance for advice and help. I always get the best assistance from all of you!

~ Lori in PA

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Thanks, Seth.

I was expecting lots of firm opinions about this, but near silence! Does nobody else eat at both places? The deals seem similar pricewise, so I'd like to know what you think.

~ Lori in PA

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Lori, they are worlds of difference between the two restaurants. Jean Georges is his flagship and remains one of the three best restaurants in New YOrk. JoJo ( his first solo venture 20 years ago) is a good Upper East Side Bistro. The lunch deal in the main dining room is, as mentioned, the best lunch bargain in the city. The menu includes 20 dishes, most of them from the dinner menu. The service is exemplary as well. I have eaten at jean georges at least 3 times a week for the last 9 years: I still eagerly await all my meals there. Enjoy

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Thanks for the replies and recommendations. It ended up that we had to cancel our res at Jean Georges -- Dad was just too ill to be able to go. Thankfully, his surgery was very successful and he is much better, and as I told him, Jean Georges will be there for another time or if it isn't it won't matter very much in the larger scheme of things.

~ Lori in PA

My blog: http://inmykitcheninmylife.blogspot.com/

My egullet blog: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=89647&hl=

"Cooking is not a chore, it is a joy."

- Julia Child

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