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Why do people keep equating Nougatine with Jean Georges

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Coincidentally over the past 3 months I have heard at least 3-4 different people telling me how disappointed they were with Jean Georges. When I asked more about their experience, however, I discovered that they only went to Nougatine.

I don't think it's fair to attribute Nougatine as the real Jean Georges. They are from the same kitchen, so to speak, but the menu (and prices) are clearly different, and from my experience there is a corresponding difference in the quality and entire experience as well.

What do you guys think?

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  1. I used to go to Nougatine quite a lot... until my first visit to the Main Dining Room. After that, the only time I've ever visited Nougatine is walking through it on the way to the Main Dining Room.

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    1. I had an excellent dinner at Nougatine on Tuesday. shrimp salad w/champagne dressing. short ribs of beef "melting" as adam platt would say. my wife and her mom enjoyed their fish dishes. OK it's not JG but its own thang -- also less $$ and not as time-consuming.

      1. If I am not mistaken, the kitchen that is in the Nougatine dining area services the formal dining room of Jean Georges. There is a kitchen downstairs that pumps the food into the Nougatine room.

        Jean Georges is the 4 star experience, Nougatine is the hotel's 7 day a week spot for fabulous yet more simpler fare. (Both owned by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and partners).

        I do agree with Zen to question why these 2 places are lumped together. It's not right and is very misleading. A tip: ASK FOR THE FORMAL DINING ROOM. No misleading with that line

        :)