Edibles – 8.5/10 New American done deliciously with classic presentations.
Vibes – 8/10 – Perhaps a perfect balance of lax n’ chic , its where Don Draper would run a low-key night.
Services – 9 /10 – The staff are funny, accommodating and always have handy suggestions.
Jane Restaurant serves up superb new American fare in a cozy and suave setting.
While they are better known for their brunch of Vanilla Bean French Toast (its dipped in crème brûlèe) and Benedict Jane (a play on the classic with crab and crawfish cakes), this review is about their equally yummy Dinner/Lunch options. Starting with the namesake Jane Burger, which is so good it’s served across all the different menus.
Yes. Yes, that’s a huge pile of fresh, hand-cut, crispy rosemary seasoned fries. Delicious and sure to make you the most loved diner at the table. The burger is a double-hander; it will take both your mandibles to hold on to the toasted bun, sharp cheddar, tomato, caramelized onions, and Oh me oh wow- Double Smoked Bacon. Just a big complex bite of juicy beef, smokey bacon and all held together with the lightly tart and creamy secret sauce. Yumm.
Another great dish served with frites, Big Pot of Mussels.
The mussels, bathing in a white-wine tomato broth, are served in a hot and heavy cast-iron pot. In truth, the mussels seem to have shrunk just a tad since my first visit a few years back, but the flavor remains robust; fresh garden herbs and a significant kick from the chili peppers.
For dessert, I highly highly recommend their fresh baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies take about 15 minutes to prepare and be sent out. Nothing too fancy, just warm, thick, melty-chocolate goodness that is to be dipped in a cup of milk further bettered with two scoops of melting classic vanilla ice-cream. I’m quite certain this is what falling in love in with Willy Wonka would taste like.
Jane Restaurant : It is the flavor of traditional Americana – enhanced.
City Paradise Pro-Tips:
Dinner reservations are good. Their cocktails are also quite yummy.
Brunch reservations are not only recommended but Required. In fact, expect to be waiting about 10 -15 mins on-time with a reservation. Because yes, it is quite excellent and New Yorkers brunch at the pace of the Brooklyn D train crawling to the city on a Sunday night, dammit.
100 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
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