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Jonathan Waxman's 1980's Cali Hit Jams Will Make Its Return to the NY Scene Tomorrow

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Look out for tiny nods to the original.

Daniel Krieger

Tomorrow night, Jonathan Waxman will bring back the 80's, or at least the restaurant he was famous for during that decade: Jams. The remake of the Cali-cuisine spot, in the new 1 Central Park Hotel, has been ready for a little bit now, but appeared to be stalled by the hotel's opening.

Designed by AvroKO, the 110-seat restaurant looks very much of the moment with its cement floors, exposed pipes, and giant windows, but there are small nods to the original for those looking. The shelves over the bar are lined with glassware from the original that somehow managed to survive 30 or so years in storage and a few menu items like grilled chicken with tarragon butter and red pepper latkes with smoked salmon and corn are back, according to Flo Fab, but most other things have changed.

Waxman's been on an expansion tear of late, opening Adele's in Nashville, Montecito in Toronto, and planning a restaurant in Atlanta's Ponce City Market. As for his beloved Barbuto, which was threatened by the potential sale of the building, it seems to be safe for now.


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