Surely the only real answer to "Should I watch NG Evangelion, or the rebuilds?" is GUNBUSTER.
But seriously, I like them both for different reasons. Though if I had to pick I'd take the series, I find it hella cathartic.
The rebuilds are a gorgeous spectacle that happen to pull from source material that I enjoy. But they don't leave me nearly depressed enough.
Also they don't reference this scene at all... So that's instant minus points.