A late-night restaurant in midtown!

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These days (for obvious reasons), finding a restaurant that serves much past 9:30 or 10 PM is rare. And finding a restaurant that serves market fresh, healthful fare in midtown Manhattan is even rarer.

I was pleasantly surprised to find an eatery that checks both boxes.

James Beard winning chef Jonathan Waxman, known for his breezy California cuisine, has a restaurant in the beautiful 1 Hotel just east of 6th Avenue on 58th Street.

Jams serves until 11 PM many nights and boasts a healthful, vegetable focused menu, including a market stir fry, amazing breads with carrot tahini spread, a finely chopped (and well massaged) kale salad, and even a cocktail that can serve as your green juice requirement for the day (with lovely Roku gin added in to create a sublime adult beverage.)

You might remember Waxman opened the original Jams in NYC in the mid 80’s. This restaurant offers a new and fresh version of his signature dishes, all served in a woodsy well-spaced dining room, complete with copious amounts of greenery.

Jams has been open for 6 years, yet this was my first time there. It’s always interesting to find a new place, that is not that new at all.

This Jonathan Waxman outpost serves liberally throughout the day with cafe service from early morning into the night, dinner Wed.-Sun., 5-11 PM and brunch on the weekends. http://www.jamsrestaurant.nyc/


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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