1414 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Back in the '80s, Jonathan Waxman introduced California farm-to-table cuisine to New York at the original Jams on the Upper East Side. The restaurant shuttered by the end of the 80s, but in August 2015, Waxman brought it back, this time to a Midtown block near Central Park South. The upscale Cali menu features Jams classics like a half-chicken grilled over wood and savory red pepper and smoked salmon pancakes. The interior feels more like Brooklyn than California with its utilitarian warehouse vibe and floor-to-ceiling windows.