10 Reasons to Fall in Love with JoJo--All Over Again

JoJo has reopened

  1. Despite the rumors, JoJo has not closed, nor does its owner and chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, have any intention of shuttering this Manhattan brownstone restaurant.
  2. In fact, JoJo has reopened, with a brand-new, very luxe and très chic decor. While more bordello than bistro, it works brilliantly.
  3. The New York Times' critic may have thought the "soundtrack pumps out music that must be at least 40 years too young for the clientele," but not so the night we visited. The crowd was a stylish mix of social butterflies, serious foodies, and young Upper East Side couples.
  4. Elegant and charming as ever, Lois Friedman, who has been with Jean-Georges at his various New York restaurants for 16 years, is back where she belongs--managing the front of the house.
  5. The chicken roasted with ginger and green olives is still on the menu . . .
  6. . . . and still being served with the chickpea frites.
  7. Rare duck served with fig and apple-pear purées.
  8. Panna cotta with peach confit and apricot sorbet.
  9. A window table upstairs, overlooking a verdant stretch of East 64th Street.
  10. Because it just may be the most intime setting for a romantic dinner in Manhattan.

Dinner, $100. At 160 E. 64th St.; 212-223-5656; fax 212-755-9038.

Restaurant prices reflect a three-course dinner for two, excluding beverages and gratuity.