Last night, Donald Trump brought possible Secretary of State nominee Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to Jean-Georges, the three Michelin star tasting menu restaurant at the base of the president-elect’s shiny gold hotel tower on Columbus Circle. Twitter was quick to point out that Romney looked super awkward during the middle of their meal:
For the first time in his life, Mitt Romney is All Of Us. pic.twitter.com/e8TyFgmtDl— John Green (@johngreen) November 30, 2016
Jean-Georges — the flagship restaurant of Alsatian-born chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who officially became a US citizen two years ago — only serves prix fixe menus, starting at $138 for three courses. A tasting menu is $218. That’s a lot of money, but it’s not quite as expensive as some of New York’s other acclaimed tasting menu establishments.
For their starter courses, Trump and his conservative wolfpack had young garlic soup with sautéed frogs legs, and diver scallops with caramelized cauliflower. Trump and Priebus had beef as their main courses, while Romney went rogue and got lamb. All three guys got chocolate cake for dessert. Judging by the menu online, it looks like they got a modified version of the three-course prix fixe with an extra round of starters at Jean Hyphen Georges.
Trump likes to eat at restaurants inside buildings that he owns. The food at Jean-Georges — which has been in operation on the ground floor of the Trump International Hotel since 1997 — is lightyears better than the slop served inside the sparkly chocolate diamond he calls home.
This is the second time Trump has hit the town for dinner at a fancy restaurant since the election. Previously, he hoodwinked reporters with an unannounced meal at ’21’ Club in Midtown.