Big Night’s Out. Having been working intensively for a few days after a lot of travel from Melbourne, Australia, I was comfortable in having a mini BNO. Mini because Nougatine is the bar and bistro of the highly acclaimed Jean Georges that is a feature of New York culinary history.
The fun part is that you are still greeted by the same reception, wisked to the left entering a room buzzing with the possibilities, and served in a style that is all class. For this there is still a price tag, but it is certainly not as great as the main event.
The menu is centered around seafood. Being our first night out in New York, we splashed out on a bottle of chardonnay from Burgundy, but there are a host of more reasonably priced options. The chardonnay matched both my dishes but in particular my starter of the Peekytoe crab cakes. There is definitely a combination of elegance and indulgence in the amount of crab in the cakes, and the flavour that results. Catherine’s beetroot and goat’s cheese salad is one of the prettiest dishes I’ve seen in sometime, and the taste was in harmony with the presentation.
For entrée I went all out decadence and ordered the lobster burger on brioche with pickles and gruyere. It was great but the spices added to the lobster pattie meant that I was eating it too quickly as the heat from the chilli increased and became addictive! The slow cooked salmon was huge, such a large fillet being perfectly cooked spoke volumes of the calibre of the chefs here. However, we are still not sure about the passionfruit based sauce, which didn’t detract, but didn’t enhance either.
Dessert was a highlight for me in a terrific meal. The chocolate cake is a signature of Nougatine and would be challenging to improve in any way. The ice cream offsetting the richness of the cake and equally delicious. The butterscotch pudding on salted caramel was really good too. Classically presented, it made me think about how good the main event might be.
Completely satisfied and buzzing from the experience, we set off for the New York City rooftops on our way to a very late night, which included a visit to Katz Deli!