Jam's gnocchi with burst cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, and parmesan

Full disclosure: My mind these days is as much on baseball as it is on fine dining. My beloved Yankees, once written off for the 2016 postseason, now have an outside shot at a wild card berth.

I mention this because a press release came into my possession a short time ago with the words “3 for 30” in the headlines, and my thoughts immediately went to batting averages.

Now that I’ve had a moment to adjust, I am excited to tell you about a “3 for 30” lunchtime offering, where the “30” represents dollars. What makes the amount exciting is the location: Jams, an award-winning reincarnation of the revolutionary restaurant opened several decades ago by celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, who cooks like a dream.

Even if you don’t know the name Jonathan Waxman, if you have eaten in better restaurants in the last several decades, you have experienced his “touch.” He was one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table phenomenon that has become such a watchword all over the national dining scene.

Jams now makes its home on Sixth Avenue in the shadow of Central Park.

But back to 3-for-$30. An à la carte 3-course lunch at Jams will normally set you back twice that much, which makes this a pretty hard-to-pass-up offer.

Here’s the menu:


soup of the day

kale salad – anchovy dressing, pecorino, breadcrumbs


gnocchi – burst cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, parmesan

berkshire prosciutto & salami sandwich – salsa verde, wild arugula, heirloom tomato, stracciatella cheese

baked meatballs – locally milled corn polenta, smoked tomato sauce, sautéed broccoli rabe

Jams chicken – Goffle Road Farms chicken, salsa verde


peach berry crumble, vanilla ice cream

milk chocolate pot de creme

I don’t know how long the sale is going to last, but I wouldn’t miss it.

Jams, 1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019, 212-703-2007