Perry Street

by Ada on May 18, 2011

This week my Grandmother is visiting from Florida. Whenever she comes we eat well. Very well. We had originally planned to dine at ABC Kitchen, but they were booked all week. I begged the reservationist. Told him I gave really good foot massages. He didn’t flinch. And so, we ended up at Jean-George’s other venture: Perry Street.

The restaurant is situated in a rather desolate area adjacent to the Westside Highway. I guess you would call the area the West Village, though it borders the trendy Meatpacking District.

The decor felt minimalist-chic, a serene compliment to the neighboring Hudson River. The walls and furniture were a muted white, yet gorgeous vases of flower added an element of color.

Upon being seated we were brought individual slices of sourdough bread. The bread had a lovely crust and almost sponge-like interior.

The bread was served with a golden yellow butter and a cute miniature dish of sea salt.

As an amuse bouche we were brought crostini topped with fava beans and fresh herbs. This bite practically screamed spring with its pleasing visual aesthetic and bright taste.

We both selected the Spring Tasting, which came with two small plates and a dessert for twenty eight dollars. Not too shabby for a Jean-George restaurant. My grandmother selected the warm green asparagus salad topped with lemon crumbs and an herb vinaigrette.

The lemon crumb coating provided a nice textural contrast to the silky asparagus. Visually the coating appeared like a blanket, insulating the tender vegetable.

For my first course I selected the arctic char sashimi, which came topped with seaweed tempura and a lemon zest-chili infused olive oil.

The arctic char arrived perfectly fresh, with a glowing pink color. The salty seaweed complimented the buttery fish well and the chili offered a deceivingly spicy flavor.

For her second course my grandmother selected the day’s special of soft-shelled crabs. Soft shelled crabs are one of my favorite foods and these certainly did not disappoint. The shell’s coating had a salty, almost briny taste, that accompanied the perfectly-succulent interior nicely.

For my entree I selected the slowly cooked Scottish salmon with bok choy and white asparagus. The waiter also poured an aromatic green curry sauce over the dish. I am pretty particular about how I like my salmon cooked. There’s nothing worse than overcooked salmon. Luckily this arrived perfectly done, with a pinkened interior that melted in my mouth. The curry sauce felt¬†surprisingly light,cutting the buttery decadence of the salmon.

For dessert I was a tad dismayed to learn they only offered two selections, and neither of them particularly appealed to me. Since they were included with our lunch, however, we selected both.

First up was the classic mousse with carrot cake and a pear-ginger sorbet. The dish was gorgeously presented and the cake offered a nice textural contrast between the light mousse and denser carrot cake.

Next up was a Jean-Georges classic: Warm Valhrona chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I had this exact same dessert when dining at Nougatine. While certainly nothing revolutionary, this dish offered a nice interpretation of a classic dessert.

Overall I really enjoyed my experience at Perry Street, from the courteous staff to the interesting dishes. I found the experience superior to that of Nougatine and would definitely return with family or friends. Thank you, Grandma, for a wonderful lunch!

 

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Jaclyn May 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

That looks like quite the feast/spread! Glad you had a great meal with your Gram – always fun! Glad it was better than Otto too!! :D

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Lauren May 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I’ve been to a few of JG’s places – Nougatine, Spice Market, JoJo, and Dune – but never Perry St.! I always pass it when I’m running and forget to check it out. glad you liked your experience, I’ll definitely have to try it!

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Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) May 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I think you should be a food reviewer! You described everything so well and with such detail. I wanted to eat all of this stuff! haha. The chocolate cake and asparagus look especially incredible. :)

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Ada May 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

Aww thanks, you’re so sweet:)

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Simply Life May 19, 2011 at 12:14 am

What a great experience – all the food looks so elegant!

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Erica May 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

Such gorgeous food, especially the crab! A good deal for the$$! Hope the rest of your week treats you well!

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Eleah May 19, 2011 at 5:01 am

That asparagus looks so yummy!

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Hannah May 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

Mousse and carrot cake in the one dessert? And this doesn’t exist near me? Life is NOT fair!

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie May 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

Food with grandma always tastes better dont you think!?

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Kelly May 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Oh,that looks delicious. I love when family comes to visit – extra excuse for a great meal out! I haven’t been to ABC Kitchen yet because every time I try to go or think about going, they’re totally booked. Someday!!

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Megan May 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

That crostini and the chocolate looks to die for! And I love sourdough. Especially when it has a thick and chewy crust. Perfection.

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Dori May 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Your food looks awesome!!! I am dying to try ABC Kitchen myself, but now I will have to add Perry St to my list!

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sofia May 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

oooh, what a classy joint! that salmon dish is purdy.

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Leanne @ The Skinny Architect May 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

That asparagus looks divine! I may need to make a trip to NYC just to eat that!

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Emily May 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Your grandma sounds wonderful! And that meal looks awesome, especially the chocolate cake!:)

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Noya May 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I guess having good taste in food runs in the family?? haha

everything looks delicious – especially the crab and the salmon! that soft shell crab looks like something else :)

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness May 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I think I’d give my right arm for that coated asparagus. It looks amazing!

Or maybe at least a finger.

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katie @KatieDid May 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

those desserts look absolutely amazing! and green curry sauce is the only kind i like! not too spicy.

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ellen May 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

whoa. that looks delicious. all of it! will put this place on my short list :)

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Katie May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Ooh, I’ve got to try the spring tasting menu! Everything looks fabulous, especially the asparagus and salmon. I’ve also had that cake several times!

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