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JoJo

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160 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10021 40.765169 -73.96556
nr. Lexington Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-223-5656 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: **

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    17 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

jean-georges.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.

Prices

$26-$35

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

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Profile

When Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his first restaurant, JoJo, in 1991, it was a sensation. The chef had left the four-star Lafayette and its truffled trappings to open a cheaper, casual bistro, a place that was like the Momofuku or Superiority Burger of its day — a restaurant that somehow single-handedly evolved the entire dining scene by making it more accessible without diminishing the quality of the food. As then-critic Bryan Miller wrote in the New York Times, “In four visits to the two-month-old Jo Jo, I had the impression something seminal was happening … Jo Jo is indeed breaking new ground in its unassuming ways.” Eleven years later, then-Times critic William Grimes maintained its three-star rating after a renovation (calling it “enormously influential” when it opened), and New York’s own Adam Platt reaffirmed its relevance when he ranked it No. 55 on the Platt 101 in 2006. In other words, Jean-Georges may have graduated to running a globe-spanning empire, but the chef’s first solo spot was one of the most influential restaurants in this city’s history. As it happens, the chef intends for JoJo to stay relevant. It went on a hiatus in October 2016, getting a total makeover that took more than year. The dining room has been revamped, and there’s a new menu that also includes JoJo classics run as daily specials. Expect dishes like peekytoe-crab dumpling with Meyer-lemon-and-celeriac infusion; roast duck breast with hibiscus and honey-glazed pumpkin, wild rice, and turnips; and, of course, a variation on tartare. (Here served spicy in lettuce cups.) The focus on seafood isn’t lost, either, and the classic JoJo specials include dishes like roast chicken with chickpea fries as well as potato-and-goat-cheese terrine. The reopening of JoJo caps off a very busy year for Vongerichten, and it might be just what he needs. While abcV was warmly received by critics, the hotel restaurant Public Kitchen was met with a more lukewarm response. Revamping JoJo and making it relevant once again, then, is an opportunity to return to the restaurant where Vongerichten first solidified his reputation, and to perhaps remind everyone why they were so excited about his food in the first place.

Three-course Tasting Menu

Lunch, $32; dinner, $38

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