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Nougatine or Compass, pre Lincoln Center

ABT Apr 1, 2008 08:16 AM

Looking for a nice pre-concert dinner that won't break the bank, will be eating with my husband and parents. Have narrowed it down to these two, but have never been to either. Thoughts?

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    David W Apr 1, 2008 03:39 PM

    Nougatine, hands down the better choice...but I assume you've looked at the menu. If you choose carefully, you won't spend too terribly much. The same applies to their wine list. But you can also spend quite a bit.
    As an example, I ate there last night-we had the asparagus with a soft-cooked egg, pea soup, sea bass, short ribs, and citrus semi freddo, with 3 glasses of wine (including a pricey Chateauneuf du Pape-hey, I had a hard day) and 2 espressos for a pre-tip total of $163.65. Not to mention the amuse and tidbits with coffe, and the roll and the amazing butter. And the perfect service.
    Compass, on the other hand, has a 3 course menu for $35. There is no way you can do that at Nougatine. But it is no where near as good, both in terms of food or service or space. I think Nougatine is one of the best values for the money you can find for dinner. They are also very good at pacing the service based on your time needs.

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    1. re: David W
      ABT Apr 1, 2008 06:19 PM

      Thanks Jane and David -- I was already leaning toward Nougatine, so Nougatine it is! Given the spring goodies that seem to already be in the menu (asparagus, peas), I'm very excited.

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      Jane A. Apr 1, 2008 08:27 AM

      You can do very well at either - it's a question of which menu you prefer. Each of them has it's fans on this board. Just remember to tell them you have a curtain at (presumably) 8 o'clock and you want to be out the door by 7:30 (at the latest). I always look to have the check by about 7:15 in order to leave a little extra time for getting it finished, getting coats, etc. I don't mind sitting a little longer over coffee, I just don't want to have to wait for them to get their paperwork done. And I don't want to have to run up/down B'way in heels to get to LC. For what it's worth, we had a wonderful meal at Nougatine last week. Haven't been to Compass in a while.

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