Jean Georges‘ Nougatine 1 Central Park West (between 60th and 61st), New York, New York
In the same building on Central Park West adjacent to the famous Restaurant Jean Georges, you’ll find another eatery called Jean Georges’ Nougatine, its less expensive sibling. The talented chef oversees both kitchens, and the menu at Nougatine, when I stopped there for lunch recently, was tantalizing and a veritable bargain at $32 prix fixe. In the Big Apple to attend an international food meeting, I and another food writer went for a midday meal at Nougatine where we savored a parade of creative and beautifully presented dishes.
There were tempting amuse bouches, including hake fillets drizzled with an unusual rhubarb/ balsamic dressing, an amazing first course of raw tuna and avocados in a light ginger soy sauce topped with artfully arranged radishes, followed by sautéed red snapper on a bed of fresh spring vegetables. A rhubarb tart garnished with a scoop of artisanal ice cream and a molten chocolate cake baked in a fluted mold made memorable finales.
The brightly lit room is furnished with modern blond furniture and has an attractive bar that stretches across one side. Service was warm and attentive, and the maestro himself, Jean Georges, offered us his greetings!
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