The longevity of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship is be due to many factors—a sumptuous setting, a discreet aura and superior French cuisine. Like walking through Business on your way to First Class, you have to pass through buzzy Nougatine to get here. Low-slung chairs and large tables mean you need a certain confidence in your conversational delivery if you wish to entertain the whole table.
Dishes showcase everything from attention to detail and impeccable products to thoughtful garnishes and nuanced flavors. The omnivore menu is also appealingly versatile thanks to contemporary accents and classic techniques. Picture charred beets with tamarind and saffron or buttery Wagyu with crispy potato and black truffle to get those taste buds going.