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Posted by baruch on 06/03/2011
truly wanted to adore bar boulud since we live relatively close. sadly, & with regret, instead of casual, but sophisticated, it is not only pretentious, but also lacks that "je ne sais quoi". after several visits & dealing with the supercilious hosts, who somehow feel superior to their customers, atlantic grill, or even papaya king are better alternatives. so 'caveat emptor' to those who like to be overcharged, treated as if it is a privilege to enter this faux bistro. it seems like location is everything - will the public continue to subsidize this below average "boulud", or will the public discover common sense???? i can only assume boulud believes "you can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public".
Posted by mdb on 05/01/2011
Food was amazing - so well prepared & full of subtle flavors. Service was excellent. Pricey but well worth every penny. Elegant but casual.
Posted by Veronica on 03/28/2011
Had lunch there last Saturday, pre-theatre. The service was slow and perfunctury. The eggs Florentine were just warm, not hot, the crab meat was cold! I had to ask 3 times for hot water for my tea. It was packed and clearly the staff are not up to the task. However the molten chocolate cake was DIVINE!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2010
I went to Bar Boulud this past weekend. The food was very good. Had the swordfish. The portion was not very big, especially in comparision to my husbands steak Frites (btw - they have excellent fries!) but the swordfish tasted great! Not many wines by the glass offered, which is annoying for me since my husband doesn't drink wine. Overall a very good place. expect to pay at the minimum $150 for 2 people.
Posted by Ellen on 06/07/2010
We arrived at 5:50 for a 6PM reservation and the hosts suggested we wait at the bar. We opted to use the restroom and then we waited in the front for a bit. The door continually opens so the front of the restaurant is barely air conditioned. About 6:10, we inquired about our table and were told that there is a large party and they should be done soon. At this point we headed to the bar (as it was too hot in the front), but there were no seats. The host directed us to seats at the back communal table and was not too pleasant. He was actually annoyed that we were annoyed that there was no table when we had a reservation. I then suggested to him that he might offer us a complimentary glass a wine while we were waiting. He continued to be somewhat argumentative, telling us it was only 6:10, it was already 6:15 (and no table in sight) and then reminded us that we arrived early. Finally after much ado, a glass of wine for my husband and I was brought over. We were finally seated at 6:30. Most of what we ordered was good, not great. The waitress was polite, but very per functionary. We had to ask for water and we needed to ask twice for their popovers, which everyone around us seemed to get. This was not what I consider an enjoyable dining experience. We stopped on the way home at Hummus Place to pick up dinner for our kids. Certainly not the same kind of restaurant, but always warmer and more efficient service!!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2010
if you are looking for great food - you cant go wrong at Bar Boulud. forget everything you think you know about French Bistro food and give it a try. a great secret is the weekend brunch. the croque monsieur and duck has are absolutely unreal. and i promise that i dont say this lightly.
Posted by anonymous on 11/19/2009
Rarely do I have a dish where I am so focused on what's in my mouth that everything else disappears. It happened with the Tourte De Canard. Every bite was a joyous experience. The flavor, texture, balance, arrangement... consumed me. As I neared the end I got a little sad. I would have paid $100 for that dish because (at $15) its memory will live on long past the thousands of merely "very good" $25 dish's I've had. Which brings me to my next point. Why do all these reviewers who clearly care more about price and cheerful waiters than they do about impeccably sourced ingredients and world class (as in Gilles Verot) technique bother dining at a place they'll never appreciate for what it is? And it's NOT even that expensive. My advice would be to open your mind rather than being ready to be offended by a "fancy" French joint. For a lot of people, being a foodie is all about how hard to please and adept at criticism you are. For me it's about appreciating the beauty in (almost) everything I eat. Sorry for the rant.