Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club Review -New York Hotspot

It's springtime in NYC, my cab pulls to a stop at the curb of a tree lined street in front of what I imagine is a residential brownstones and townhouses. 

The driver tells me I'm at my destination a New York hotspot on the Upper Eastside Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club. No I 'm looking for 24 East 81st Street he replies, yes, this is it. I look closer and sure enough in the window of a beautiful very private looking townhouse I see a sign - Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club. I thank the driver get out and enter Bruno Jamais. 

I am greeted by a lovely woman who welcomes and escorts me past walls housing an impressive looking wine collection into a warm and lush main dining room. I'm early for my dinner so I sit at the bar and chat with the cute bartender about what their 'hot' drinks are.

I find out that the restaurant houses two wine cellars with bottles that are as expensive as $10,000 each. I'm given a cocktail menu that has intriguing names like 'Sexy Back' and the 'Platinum Bruno Martini'.  Later in the evening I was treated to a brand new martini creation tentatively titled 'the Creme Brulee'.  A delicious creation that was sweet, creamy and beautifully presented with a burnt lacey sugar top covering the martini glass. Not to be insulting to the chef but this drink rivaled the actual Creme Brulee dessert I had, which was delectable.

Wine cellar entryway

Restaurateur Bruno Jamais was inspired to fill a much needed niche by combining a first class restaurant with a nightclub where regular customers could go to drink and dance without leaving the Upper East Side. Bruno sought to model the ambiance of his restaurant after those in the South of France that effortlessly combine fine food with a sexy, glamorous and fun environment.

Tomato Marmalde

I had dinner with Katherine Rothman from KMR, Communications, one of the top Public Relation firms in NYC. A firm so famous they have a salad at Bruno Jamais restaurant named after them!  While we decided what delicious temptations to indulge in, we were brought toasted bread spears with a delightful Tomato Marmalade.


It was a Sunday night and so we were able to order from their Sunday reduced price menu. In order to entice a younger, late night crowd on Sundays they have come up with a 'Disco Sunday' featuring a reduced price menu, dining, dancing, and drinks.

I started my meal with the yummy delicately flavored Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese served on a bed of rocket and roasted beets, in a balsamic reduction. Which was followed by the perfectly cooked and succulently tender Filet Mignon with a caramelized shallot sauce, oyster mushroom, and pommes puree.  Both dishes were delicious, beautifully presented and prepared with extreme pride.


The interior of Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club is designed by renowned architect Tony Chi who combined a clubby living room style environment with the comfortable luxury of a first class dining room.  The restaurant received the 'Best Restaurant Design' Award by Hospitality Design Magazine for 2004.  Currently it is hanging art work by famed French artist Cyrille Margartit with works being changed rapidly due to their quick sales.

Scallops 4 ways

Chef John Keller whose experience includes Nobu and Le Bernadin, is at the kitchen's helm and has created unique menu that has an Asian influence without losing its French integrity. Signature dishes include the appetizer lobster brulee, the braised short ribs and an irresistible chocolate souffle. Keller's philosophy is, 'simple elegance without overdoing it'. Keller's is a cuisine sure to delight even the most discerning palates and the elite and discriminating clientele the restaurant has hosted would be sure to agree. Lots of the movers and shakers of New York and the globe have been spotted here  Billy Baldwin, Joan Rivers, Cindy Adams, Chazz Palminteri, Peter Cook, Chris Noth, Fat Joe, The Gastineau Girls, Spike Lee, Kim Cattral, Fergie, the Duchess of York, and even former President Bill Clinton.

Dining room

The man Bruno Jamais is the quintessential French Restaurateur with suave good looks, charming accent and debonair demeanor. Prior to opening Bruno Jamais Restaurant and Club in 2002, the 45-year-old Parisian born Jamais was an important fixture in the culinary world as the Maitre D at restaurant Daniel. He is indebted to world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud for not only teaching him English, but also giving him the opportunity to preside over one of the country's finest venues for classic French cuisine. While at Daniel, he wielded a powerful position catering to patrons that included world leaders, society matrons, and A-list celebrities. It was during his tenure at Daniel that Jamais learned the art of 'managing the floor,' assuaging egos, and making regular clients feel special. Part of his incredible success is his understanding that, 'a great Maitre' D is a good therapist.' Bruno recognized that when dealing with some of the most powerful people in the world, one must meet their level of expectations. He was savvy and knew that is was essential to do his homework and keep abreast of the individuals who comprised the movers and shakers in New York. Daniel Boulud trusted Jamais because of his keen intuition and his uncanny knack for handling people and making them feel important. Bruno believes that one of the key qualities in being a successful restaurateur means, 'having respect for people and having them respect you.' He is pleased that many of his customers consider him a friend.

Bruno Jamias

The restaurant business is in Bruno's blood, working from the age of 15 in his father's restaurants in Paris and eventually moving on to other notable Parisian establishments such as Lucas Carton, and Le Doyen. Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club was his first foray as an owner. He says that the most stressful part is, 'maintaining the quality of the food and the dining experience, effectively promoting the establishment to an elite clientele, and the ever present awareness that in the cut-throat world of Manhattan dining, there is no room for mistakes.'

Future goals include a restaurant in the Hamptons as well as a downtown supper club venture. Bruno Jamais is a man who knows his business and has his finger on the pulse of Manhattan dining and nightlife.

Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club is a sophisticated, chic and comfortable dining experience complete with a world class menu and wine cellar. The quality of the service, ambience and food is exceptional.

Exterior Bruno Jamias Restaurant Club

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. Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club is unique because it does not solely attract the usual twenty something crowd, nor does it aspire to. Instead, it has an eclectic mix of patrons of all ages who appreciate an atmosphere that evokes memories of the legendary Regine's nightclub

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 and Sunday evenings. The restaurant is also open on Sundays with a reduced price menu served from 6pm-2am.

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