Having loved our experience at Jean Georges' Kauai Grill last spring, and given the rave J and G reviews, our expectations were high. But the modern, club vibe (house music pumps throughout the lobby bar) of the W DC upon walking in gave us abit of leeriness about the relaxation factor, if not the crowds.
I am happy to report that our fears were assuaged and expectations exceeded. The whole J and G experience is one that I hope to repeat. The ambiance was modern but unfussy; soaring windows and larger-than life suede banquet seats. Both our server and the sommelier were attentive, friendly and exceedingly knowledgeable. The pacing was spot-on, allowing time for us to savor each dish. And every element from the cocktails through to the dessert was thoughtfully prepared, inventive, and full of flavor.
|J and G Steakhouse: Grapefruit Gimlit|
|J and G Steakhouse: Calamari with Yuzu Dip|
|J and G Steakhouse: Seared Atlantic Cod Scallion-Chili Sauce|
|J and G Steakhouse: Glazed Short Ribs with Crunchy Cheddar Grits|
Our evening also included bacon-wrapped shrimp and the ubiquitous half-baked chocolate cake. Both of which were spot-on flavor-wise, if a bit less inventive.
J and G is another one of those places that is not inexpensive, but it is not unreasonable and delivers a wonderful experience from start to finish. On this particular trip we brought our own wine, but the sommelier had us sample a fabulous Napa Cabernet, Faust, that we hope perhaps to enjoy a full bottle of next visit. Dinner with two cocktails, two appetizers, two entrees, dessert, corkage ($25), tax, and tip was $200.