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Nougatine for B-Day Dinner?

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I just booked nougatine for a special someone's birthday dinner. Any thoughts? I know it's not JG, but it's close... ish? How's the food/service/decor?

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  1. It is not really "close-ish" to JG in terms of quality. Nougatine is very inconsistent and while sometimes food is great other times it could be very disappointing. Service is also very spotty. There are better choices for a birthday dinner than Nougatine, for sure.

    1. I llike Nougatine for lunch, and haven't experienced JG envy there.

      1. Nougatine is very inconsistent. I've made it a habit to go there for lunch/brunch, but on a recent trip (3 weeks ago), we went for dinner. The service was spotty but worse yet, the food was blah. We weren't allowed to order from the JG menu.

        The decor is more informal and it gets quite loud when it's busy. We went on a Saturday night.

        I would recommend JG way over Nougatine for dinner, especially for a special dinner.

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        1. re: cqt

          Thanks for the feedback. Are there any amazing food places you'd recommend without a stiff atmosphere (no jacket requirements, etc.)?

        2. Oops, that comment goes to all!

          Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad I asked before being disappointed!

          Are there any other places you'd recommend that are brilliant food without being stuffy?
          Park Ave Summer/Spring? Nobu?

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          1. re: bhoxie

            Nobu is just a bunch of hype. You're better off going to Nougatine if it comes down to Nobu.

          2. I can't seem to reply to sugartoof - Nobu is consistent, which is what I like. Favorite dishes: Yellowtail with jalapeno, Sashimi Salad, some of their new style sashimi, tuna tiradito, steak in anti-cucho sauce (I've had to ask for this because it's on the standard London menu but not the ones in NYC). If it helps, my sister is taking me to Nobu 57 for my birthday - I haven't been to this location. My favorite of all the Nobu's in the one in London. Dress code in most of the Nobu's are smart/stylish, as opposed to formal.

            Really enjoyed our meal at Degustation but I don't think that it'll have the ambiance for a "special" dinner...you're pretty much sitting around a sushi bar.

            Good luck!

            1. Anyone been to Hearth in the east village?
              Or Cafe Boulud?

              1. I just wanted to add that I went to Nougatine on my birthday for lunch (about a month ago) and had a wonderful meal. Everything went smoothly service-wise and all the food was very tasty. The three of us ordered from the prix fixe, and I think the roast chicken was the best I have ever had in a restaurant. The decor is minimalist, as so many restaurants are these days. Definitely upscale but not stuffy.

                Regarding the mention of Degustation, I think it can be quite special. The lighting is wonderful, but, as stated, you are sitting around a bar, so not sure if that is appealing to you or not. The food was phenomenal, service was top notch, and a very reasonable wine list.

                Good luck!