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Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club

Originally Posted: December 13, 2006

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Bruno Jamais' reputation at the forefront of such prestigious restaurants as Alain Ducasse and Restaurant Daniel is as impressive as his resume of experience. His eponymous Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club. Originally was a temple of the rich and the famous willing to pay a $7,000 a year membership. Now, good looks and perseverance get you into the sumptuous space, with its DJ, contributions by Lalique and silky service. And you needn't be a millionaire to enjoy the excellent wine list, starting at $35 (there are four full pages, priced under $99) and one of the best kitchens in town.

Bruno's is the last word in glamour. Nothing has been spared to create an opulence and ambiance that is far more European in feel than American. He has assembled a fine staff, starting with Chef John Keller of Nobu and Le Bernardin. Together Jamais and Keller created a twist on the menu that lent an Asian influence without losing the integrity of the French cuisine.

Signature dishes include the appetizer duo of lobster brulee and lobster cappuccino and foie gras prepared two ways. Entrees are pure and textbook perfect as a Dover Sole meuniere or a hearty braised short ribs in a port reduction with a velvety celery root puree and delicious ginger glazed carrots. An irresistible chocolate soufflé or an airy floating island are the desserts that steal the show. Don't miss the fabulous housemade, buttery Thumb Cookies or fail to note the exceptional Amuse bouche of filo stuffed with goat cheese and the excellent bread and tomato chutney that are brought with your cocktails. Keller's philosophy is, "simple elegance without overdoing it."

In a beautiful 4,500 square foot townhouse on East 81st street that formerly housed Parioli Romanissimo, the stunning décor has been designed by world famous designer Tony Chi. Bruno and his consultant Chris Palukuca have insured that the staff and service live up to the atmosphere. Thanks to Maitre D' Jacques Le Magueresse, Visar Gervalla and Bednjamin Maury, you will feel pampered.

Architect Tony Chi has designed a 'home away from home' for Bruno's exclusive patrons by combining a clubby living room-style environment with the comfortable luxury of a first class dining room. The large skylight, plush furniture, rich décor and fireplace are essential to the informal 'chic' feel. Bruno is a favorite discreet destination for luminaries such as Keanu Reeves, Former President Bill Clinton, Kim Cattral, The Gastineau Girls, and Spike Lee to name but a few. Every night from Monday through Saturday after the dinner crowd has finished their meal, the restaurant transforms into a supper club with DJ music and live bands.

In an effort to maintain the exclusive nature of the restaurant, the fact that it now is open to the public had been soft peddled. But now, the word is out. Bruno Jamais is a man who knows his business and has his finger on the pulse of Manhattan dining and nightlife. I think you'll enjoy the experience. There's nothing quite like it since Regine's.

Located in the heart of Manhattan (24 East 81st Street between Madison and 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 212-396-3444), Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club is elegant and truly sumptuous. Reservations are required. Casual Chic attire is requested. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. with Live Music on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. On Sunday nights stop by for a live band and a reduced price menu with three courses for $42.00 served from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Be our guest and win a $200 gift certificate to Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club from Hamptons.com just by being a member and signing up for the Hamptons Weekly Brief.

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