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Posted by Anonymous on 12/17/2008
I liked it! The food was excellent, particularly the lamb special that I had portions were of good size (you definitely don't leave hungry), the Pate Grand Pere was a tad disappointing though, since I didn't see/taste much of foie gras there, but it was still good. Decent coffee, lovely desserts. Our service was excellent. Was nice that the place became very lively at about 6 pm, with a very diverse crowd (not like at Benoit Restaurant, which I also love but haven't seen anyone younger than 50...). It ended up being somewhat pricey for my wallet ($145 for 2 glasses of wine, one appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 coffees and one dessert, plus tax and tip), so it's not the best value out there, but considering the scarcity of yummy and reasonably affordable places near the Lincoln Center, I'll definitely be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2008
Food good, service bad. Arrived early, saw an open table and was escorted to the bar. 10 minutes later, Maitre d' came by and says table is being set. 5 more minutes and we were taken to the empty table I saw earlier, but it wasn't set. Waitress forgets to bring the specials menu. I ask, she goes to retrieve it, but decides to take the orders of other tables first. She returns without it and stumbles and mumbles her way through. We order. Food comes promptly, but medium steak frites is not medium and its a bit tough. Tasty though. The bill arrives, but 2 items were listed on the bill for higher amounts than on the menu. I mention it to the hostess and she offers to take it off, but I didn't have the energy to wait for $4. I won't return.
Posted by Mrs. L. on 07/11/2008
One of the best meals I have ever eaten! The small the dégustation de charcuterie (small plate for two) was amazing. The crab salad and the escargots were also perfectly executed and completely delicious. In addition (and maybe more unusual in Manhattan) the service was impeccable attentive and helpful without being the least bit snooty. We also tried two excellent wines (a pinot and a chardonnay by the glass) but I cannot remember their names. Did not have any room for dessert, but will definitely have one next time . . . and next time will hopefully be very soon.
Posted by Mr. K on 07/07/2008
An excellent place for a quick bite before or after a performance. If you are used to eating chartecurie often, not all items will impress. But many pates are delicious and many wines are affordable. Unfortunately there is a rather limited selection of wines by the glass, so you have to get a bottle if you want to drink what you like. Definitely a welcome addition to Lincoln Center.
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 05/29/2008
I've always wondered about the dearth of good dining (vs. eating) experiences available in the Lincoln Center area. Cafe Luxembourg gets old after awhile. Compass has lost traction since the departure of its wonderful chef for Dovetail. O'Neal's is okay for a bite, but it is far from wonderful. And, as for Picholine, see my review. But Bar Boulud has changed that. Granted, it is not cheap. However, for an excellent meal before or after the ballet/opera/symphony, it can't be beat. My two friends and I shared the small charcuterie platter as an appetizer, and while it was far from generous, all the offerings were tasty, and the accompanying bread was great. We also shared the cauliflower and ramp gratin as a side, and it was marvelous. Ditto my skate with brown butter, which was prepared just "comme il faut." The service is excellent, too. My waiter suggested a wine and, when I told him it wasn't to my taste, he immediately substituted another full glass, which I liked a lot. The atmosphere is nothing to shout about (sort of Swedish modern overall), but the booths are comfortable, and they now have outdoor seating, which is a plus when there is a crowd.
Posted by anonymous on 04/13/2008
I arrived on Friday, early evening, to have a bite before the opera. The place was 3/4 full, and I wanted to eat at the bar...but there's just a long communal table for those eating alone- With my glass of wine I was brought two small gougere, (a nice bit of hospitality) then my soup...in a lovely deep bowl, almost a small terrine. There was no rushing me, even though it was apparent that the place was getting crowded. My pate grandmere was superb! Redolent with cognac, and the cornichons were just right. A little arugula salad accompanied this and it was a perfect light meal. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2008
Despite our reservation, we had a 15 minute wait. My steak frites was delicious. My husband had the sausage blanc for $27, which consisted of 1 sausage & a tiny portion of potatoes. His entree looked like an appetizer portion.