Tuesday, December 14, 2010

J&G Steakhouse at The W Hotel

A couple weeks ago I went out with some friends for a birthday celebration.  I'd still never been to The W since they transformed it from Hotel Washington so I was super excited to check it out.

When I first walked in I was immediately in awe of the gorgeous crown molding on the ceiling, the huge light fixtures and the very chic feel of the place.  It was like being transported to some fancy European boutique Hotel - or one in Miami for that matter!  Even with little to no bar crowd that Thursday night, there was a DJ spinning some very fun clubby music.  I hope some people showed up later to enjoy it!  Everything was tastefully decorated for the holidays and the permanent decor was of good quality.  I couldn't wait to get in to J&G (www.jgsteakhousewashingtondc.com ) and try the food, especially I've never been to a Jean-Georges restaurant.... 

As it should be at a steakhouse, all of the meat was delicious- all four of us ordered beef of some sort and I tried 3 of the 4 dishes - yum!  The homemade b√©arnaise sauce was absolutely delicious and the perfect complement.  Their steak sauce as well as a couple other sides seemed to have anise in them, which is a total hit-or-miss flavor, and for our table it was a big miss, so that was a bit of a disappointment.  Really, who puts anise in grits anyway?!?  Bleh!

Anyway - a few must-haves: 

- Baby iceberg lettuce salad
- Any of the steaks or the short ribs
- Potato Gratin
- Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae - with caramel popcorn, chocolate sauce and crushed peanuts - amazing!!

The service was great, our server was knowledgeable and helpful but not at all overbearing, and we even got a complimentary dessert in addition to our sundae for the birthday boy.  For a special occasion, definitely give them a try!