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.”
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.”