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After suffering a heart attack, chef/owner Simpson Wong reopened Jefferson as Jefferson Grill with a lighter, healthier menu.Review By: Brian Scott Lipton
Below is our original review of Jefferson.
Anyone expecting Colonial American food at Jefferson (now there's a new trend) will be in a big surprise. Fortunately, this nine-month-old West Village restaurant is one of the year's most wonderful surprises (provided one doesn't mind paying rather immodest prices for rather modest portions).
Chef/owner Simpson Wong (who also runs the nearby Café Asean) is turning out remarkably inventive, Asian-accented fare in this pretty, minimalist space. His strong suit is definitely seafood, from pristine slices of yellowtail sashimi given textural contrast by slices of pear and avocado, gorgeously meaty big-eye-tuna seared rare and coated in sesame seeds, a first-rate tuna tartare heady with wasabi, potato-noodle-wrapped halibut, and a signature dish of barely-battered fried lobster pieces napped in a creamy nage that gets a decided kick from mussel juice and kaffir lime leaves. Vegetarians may want make their dinner from a double appetizer portion of translucent ravioli filled with a delicious mixture of black edamame and mascarpone cheese, while carnivores will be satisfied by nicely done, spiced lamb chops accompanied by a yummy parsnip puree.
Pastry chef Jacqueline Zion matches Wong with some fine finales, especially her marvelous take on the ubiquitous warm chocolate cake: a phyllo tart encasing gooey hazelnut chocolate mousse topped with chopped nuts. An extensive, well-priced wine list and impeccable service also contribute to making Jefferson a must-visit spot.
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Entree Price: $10-15
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard Discover
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