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nougatine or perry street?

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i've got the option to go to either to celebrate my birthday. which is preferred? reviews in the usual places (nymag, nytimes) are all over the place. i feel a bit lost...

and if i'm barking up completely the wrong tree with these places, what's a good alternative?

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  1. well i cant comment on nougatine, but i LOVE perry street. Its spacious and comfortable and the food is fantastic....

    1. Lunch at perry street was excellent and great value. Lunch at jojo was also great but given the choice, I would pick perry street over jojo.

      1. Never been to Nougatine, but I love Perry Street.

        1. Perry St. is very good (although it's been a while since I've been). I haven't been to Nougatine, but Jean Georges is great.

          1. Had a great lunch at Nougatine yesterday. It's a great value, with really nice service. The open kitchen is spotless, and the food is smart without being over the top. We left stuffed from the $24.07 prix-fix with beef fillet. A real bargain.

            Here's the thing... It strikes me as a perfect lunch spot, and there wasn't a moment where I thought about returning any other time of the day. I would probably suggest it for lunches first and foremost, as a result. It's a very mature, easy going room, with a pretty view of the park. Very little pretention, just a solid dining experience.

            I don't think all of Jean-George's places are created equal though.

            1. Both are good choices. Having been to both I would choose Perry Street only because it is newer and the space is very modern. Having both as choices, I might do it based on location. Perry Street is a pain in the neck all the way on the west side highway and downtown which is a trek for me.

              Happy Birthday.

              1. I have been to both nougatine and perry st. quite a few times, but I have only tried nougatine for lunch so my comments were entirely based on lunch service and not sure if there is any variation during dinner time. I found the nougatine room to be quite inconsistent, both in food and service. I have had great food there, yet there were times when food was overcooked and downright touch and dry. Service was the BIG problem. There is one or two servers that really get my nerves and not professional. I don't want to go into details of this but I found Jean Georges (the main dining room) to be MUCH MUCH better.

                As for Perry Street, food is more consistent, but not to say it is perfect everytime (but then, is any restaurant really?). Service is polite except that they may be slow to respond when the place gets crowded.

                As for decor, I much prefer Perry Street.