Jean-Georges Vongerichten came to Boston in the mid-'80s to run the Lafayette kitchen. Since then he's gone on to do one or two other things. Next week, his rapidly expanding Culinary Concepts company opens Market in the new W hotel. The menu is inspired by France, Italy, and Asia, with dishes made from local ingredients. Chef de cuisine Christopher Lee Damskey hails from the Twin Cities, where he worked at Jean-Georges’s Chambers Kitchen, among others.
Meanwhile, Azure at the Lenox is no more. It's been replaced by City Table, though chef Dennis Wilson remains. The menu offers creative twists on American classics, with plates designed for sharing. (This approach seems to be where it's at for Boston restaurants right now.) Yummy-sounding things on the menu include Really Good Lobster Soup (props for not calling it "best ever" or "world famous"); white cheddar fondue with roasted potatoes, apples, brioche, and crispy pork belly; hanger steak tacos; house-made pappardelle with braised short rib; and a Cubano.
OK, poll. Here are the disclaimers at the end of the menu:
Raw Food Thing *These items may contain raw ingredients. Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. We Might Change Our Minds Menu items subject to change. You Might Change Your Mind Just ask! Large Parties Of six or more subject to 18% gratuity. Good Food Thing Whenever and wherever possible we use organic, sustainable, or local products. We do this in careful consideration of the environment and our effect on it. Thank you and please enjoy your visit with us.
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