My wife and I ate at Jean-Robert's Table last night with another couple. We were seated at a booth that was incredibly uncomfortable: it was far too narrow for average American men to sit across from each other (my chest was nearly against the table), even though it was long enough for three people abreast; the table top was oddly high; and adjoining booths abutted such that the head of the patron behind was mere inches away from my head. Looking up at the ceiling would cause a cranial collision...a knocked noggin...a literal tête-à-tête! The restaurant had square tables that would normally seat four, but were set up as two-tops, arranged diagonally, as well as large round booths for larger parties. Be forewarned. However, I am happy to report that the food was almost uniformly excellent; the prices were relatively reasonable; and the service was high class, but not snooty. The waitress described about seven or eight appetizer specials (please just print them out if there are more than two or three). We shared escargot and "mac-n-cheese". The escargot were merely "ok" (too small, too cooked), but the "mac-n-cheese" was extraordinary (even though it contained duck and lots of cheese, it was not too heavy). For entrees, I had the skate wing (first time) and my wife had the flounder, both off the regular menu. The skate was expertly cooked (consistency like a sea scallop, but flakier) and "swimming" in a broth of leeks, fennel, thyme, etc., with fingerling potatoes and mushrooms. The flounder was in a lobster sauce with veggies and mushrooms, though my wife thought the purple potatoes had an unappetizing appearance. I had two cocktails, and my wife had two glasses of French white wine (the wine list has few non-French offerings). The portions were typical of a high-end, European-style restaurant (i.e. small by bloated American standards, but enough to be filling). We skipped dessert, being satisfied with two courses already, and not seeing anything special on the dessert menu. The tab was $100 for two, with tax, prior to gratuity. I would certainly return, but only if I could sit at a regular table or a round booth. JR's Table strikes a nice balance of approachable, but luxe aspirations, food quality and affordability. It is special enough for the romantic dinner, but not too special to visit several times per year.
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