In November 2009, restaurant thought leader and chef legend Jean-Georges opened Market at the W Hotel in the Theater District. On our short list is to try ABC Kitchen with Jean-Georges in New York.
Although the dining room was fairly full, the bar area was quite empty when we visited. Immediately upon our seating, the bartender introduced himself and crafted a drink based on my specifications. A cocktail whisperer. Throughout our service, he was easy going, friendly and thoughtful.
It is so rare to see kumquats on any menu, so we were pleasantly surprised to see them on the cocktail menu. Our mother keeps two indoor kumquat trees. I remember as a child biting into a kumquat and recoiling from the tangy flavor.
The gorgeous Kumquat Mojito with Cruzan Rum, Kumquat, Mint, Lime was unbelievably refreshing and well-crafted ( $11). The bright citrus notes and mint were a great combination. We tried the non-alcoholic version for $6 and would come back for both iterations.
At the 2012 TV Diner’s Platinum Gala, we sampled Market By Jean-Georges‘ homemade jellies, lovely strawberry marshmallows and creamy caramels. Each of these desserts were to unreal and we could not wait to try some more confections from Market.
The cookie and confections plate ($6) were filled with a bounty of sweets from a chocolate macaron, fluffy and fresh marshmallows, a deep chocolate cookies, caramels, shortbread, caramels and a hazelnut chocolate chip cookie.
My favorites were the peanut butter chocolate fudge, the caramels and the hazelnut chocolate chip cookie. At home we have made our own Molasses Cookies, Nutella Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Toffee Cookies, Shortbread Cookies and will have to make our own cookie plate for guests. We have yet to master macarons and marshmallows, but have enjoyed macarons and marshmallows tremendously.
Market‘s menu features Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s greatest hits and there is a Market Express lunch $21 for two plates and dessert. If not for lunch, we will definitely be visiting soon to sample the Peekytoe Crab Cake Sugar Snap Pea Remoulade ($14), Cheese Fritters Jalapeño and Cheddar ($8), Soy Glazed Short Ribs Apple-Jalapeño Purée Rosemary Crumbs ($28) and the Mango Upside-Down Cake Basil Ice Cream ($9).