Michelin-starred chef debuts restaurant atop the city's tallest building

Hadas Kuznits
August 23, 2019 - 12:42 pm
Jean-Georges Vongerichten

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It only takes 48 seconds — and 60 stories — to enter the highest restaurant in town.

At the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, which sits atop the Comcast Technology Center, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his restaurant, Jean-Georges Philadelphia on the 59th floor on the building.

This restaurant is his first in Philadelphia but 39th worldwide, showcasing the city through 40-foot windows in every direction.

The Michelin-starred Vongerichten said he combines "French technique, American ingredients, a little accent flavor."

The most expensive item on the menu: "Probably the rib-eye for two people," he said, "but we have appetizers from $14 to $28. Main courses start at $28 and finishes at — depends if you have the rib-eye for two — it's around $90, and then the (seven-course chef's) tasting menu for $138."

Vongerichten said there's a lot of emphasis on the overall dining experience.

"Service is very polished but very relaxed," he said. "Usually when we hire our staff, it's like a casting for like a movie, so we say about 600 people but we selected 80 waiters, but we're looking more for characters."

Jean-Georges Philadelphia
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Opening this restaurant has been an exciting time for Vongerichten — five years in the making.

In that time, he said the most challenging part of opening his first Brotherly Love restaurant was simply "waiting for the building to be built."

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