Breakfast at JEAN GEORGES, Trump Tower, NYC
If you look on any list of the greatest restaurants and chefs in the world, Jean Georges is bound to be somewhere on the top. Jean Georges Vongericthen is the French-born chef with restaurants in Paris, London, Vegas, DC and, of course, New York. I’m personal friends with his wife Marja who has her own cooking show called Kimchi Chronicles. Spice Market is one of their popular locations, but everyone who’s anyone knows and loves his signature namesake restaurant – Jean Georges, located in Trump Tower at Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan.
Anyway, I stopped by the other morning for breakfast to meet up with my college buddy Ben Biddle, who was visiting from California. Normally, I rely on Jean Georges for power breakfast meetings. I’ve spotted everyone having breakfast there, including Naomi Campbell, Quincy Jones and Niche Media boss Jason Binn. It makes for a perfect place to impress clients or close a deal in the morning and/or over an afternoon lunch! But it’s also a great place to just have a good breakfast without the noise, shabbiness, or cramping of a diner or cafe.
Chic and sophisticated, yet relaxed and easy is the best way to describe breakfast at Jean Georges. The impeccable service is speedy and for some reason everything seems faultlessly clean. Dining here just makes you feel elite – it’s New York fine dining at it’s best.
Although many might find their chicken and jalapeno sausage a tad small, the portions in general were plentiful. I had the egg white omelette with fresh herbs, but I found the herbs to be way too overpowering. I could hardly enjoy it. The potatoes were perfect – crisp on the outside, but soft in the center and the sausage was great. The omelette ran $19 and the two pieces of sausage as pictured above cost $9. Ben had the eggs benedict and said it was good.
The fresh squeezed orange juice was beyond fresh, cold and delicious. In fact, one could taste the freshness in anything at Jean Georges. It is pricey and upscale, but it’s worth a comfortable and stylish setting, amazing food presentations, and quality dishes. I love breakfast there, but lunch and dinners are even better! The menus that are presented later in the day are simply out of this world!
Jean Georges is by far one of New York City’s premiere restaurants. Go there soon for the food and star gazing, but don’t forget your wallet – breakfast for two ran about $80.00.