Michelin-starred chef debuts restaurant atop the city's tallest building

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
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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.

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."

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