I liked episode 26 of NGE. I don't think it was a good way to end the series, but I loved the slice-of-life segment in the episode, and to me, that was more than enough to make up for the rest of the episode.
I was at a horribly stressful part of my life when I started watching NGE, and even though Shinji is an easily dislikable protagonist, I felt like I could relate to him a lot at that time. Seeing Shinji living a happy, normal life (even if that part wasn't real) made me really happy. It made me hope that I could have a life like that again.