Friday, July 8, 2011

$28 Prix Fixe Lunch at Nougatine

After reading Mark Bittman's article on Nougatine in the Delta Sky magazine a few months ago, I added the restaurant to my ever-growing list of places I want to try and made the reservation for the end of June.

Time Warner, steps away from Trump International Hotel, where Nougatine is located.

The picture is quite dark, but the dining area is a bright and airy space. Nougatine is the informal dining room for Jean Georges and has a separate menu that is slightly less expensive.

The pretty open kitchen.

$28 for a prix fixe lunch menu of two plates and one dessert.

Tuna Tartare with avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade. A truly beautiful dish with great flavors.

My friend started with the Sweet Pea Soup with croutons, brie and dill. When the bowl first arrived it looked like this and she got confused and said "it looks kind of dehydrated..."

Then the broth came.

Another friend's starter: Warm Beets & Fresh Yogurt, field mache and lemon oil.

My main course: Sauteed Black Sea Bass with asparagus, shitakes, sesame vinaigrette. A fusion dish done very well. The skin on the sea bass was perfectly crispy. The vinaigrette and shitakes brought a lovely twist to a traditional fish dish.

My friend's entree: Skate with black beans, avocado, ginger and truffle juice. Decent but not spectacular.

Warm Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean ice cream.

Strawberry Rhubarb Linzer Tart with blueberry compote and Thai basil ice cream.

My friend and I visited Jean Georges in February and both agreed it was a much more refined meal than the one we experienced at Nougatine. Nougatine was decent but the service was lacking in comparison and the food was not as exciting. At times when we tried to catch our server's attention, he was busy talking to another server and not as attentive as you'd expect from a restaurant of this class.

1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Phone number: (212)299-3900

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