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Posted by Car & Jar on 04/07/2008
We went for Sunday brunch to take advantage of the pre fixe menu. Staff was great and explained the dishes, as some may be difficult to understand if you are not used to that kind of food. We ended up getting a pate appetizer that was pretty much a meat gelatin and we hated it! Salmon sandwich and eggs were good but very salty and rich. Dessert was our favorite part- choclate ice cream mousse and cheese platter. Over all, if you like this rich and heavy kind of food then try it because the service is good and they truly care about people enjoying their food, but if you are "trying" it, the way that we were, go else where- u need to really appreciate this kind of cuisine to enjoy it.
Posted by foodie19 on 02/27/2008
I disagree with the negative reviews below. I have been here 5 times and each time was better than the last. For what you pay, you REALLY get a good deal considering the food is much higher quality than any other brasserie/bistro and the prices are about the same. I have frequented all of Daniel's restaurants and I love that this new addition focuses primarily on charcuterie which is a completely new take on French food in New York. All of the pates and especially the Boudin Blanc (white sausage) is delicious and very well made. Try the aoli dish with steamed seafood and vegetables served with a dipping sauce - a very refreshing dish. They have an excellent wine and cheese selection as well. It is true that the service can be a bit spotty, but like all new restaurants, they have to learn how to work out the kinks here and there, which is normal.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/13/2008
What a disappointment! A lot of hype and price for a crowded, mismatched subway station of a place. I am referring to the look and feel of Bar Boulud. Having eaten in many wonderful restaurants in Lyon and in France I was looking forward to some good food. This place would not rate very high in France. The food is mostly edible but not good, and while the somelier makes a great show of pouring wine into your glass, a serving of wine by the glass barely reaches half the glass (the glasses are regular size). In addition, unless you are seating in a booth, be prepared to be trampled over by people waiting to get a table, by waiters, busboys, and suited emlpoyees. Our party of four was seated in a booth and we sampled a small charcuterie plate (dry and lacking in distinctive flavors), saucisson en brioche (ok) steak frites (edible but not good) all sorts of vegetable platters (heavy but not bad), sunchoke soup (excellent), rotisserie chicken (just ok), pasta with cuttlefish (just ok) petits fours (not good) pear tart (outstanding), almond tart (very good), coffe eclair (mediocre), chocolat noisette (ok). The only part that impressed me was the service which is excellent and attentive. I expected more from a Boulud restaurant since I very much enjoy eating at Daniel. However, since they just opened, perhaps they will improve.
Posted by HannahTaylor on 02/08/2008
I went to Bar Boulud last night and sat at the high top bar. I have to say, and this is coming from a girl who goes out to eat EVERY night, I absolutely adored everything about this restaurant! Daniel definitely hit a home run with his excellent combination of wine, meats, cheeses and amazing vegetables. Every dish was extremely thought out and creative! I will definitely be back, and I would recommend Bar Boulud to everyone!!
Posted by rachel on 02/07/2008
Took my boyfriend here saturday 2/2 for quiet bithday dinner...always wanted to eat at a Boulud place. Went early because we had plans for later in the night empty at 530, but packed by 615. Atmosphere is like an old-world euro wine cellar, but furniture doesn't fit that theme - seems cheap and ikea-ish. Wine was excellent, our waitress did a good job of recommending based on our tastes. He got the steak frites - good but not the best ever. Fries were average. I got the Salmon entree, over some weird pureed root vegetable with syrah sauce which was awesomely addictive in the "I-don't-even-know-whats-in-this-but-i-love-it " way. Spinach side is goo. Dessert was a trio of sorbets, yummy and light to counter the heavy food. Service was great for everthing (coat check, drinks, silverware refresh, bread, etc.) Looks like fun to sit at the back tasting table, or the high-top bar. Type of "safe" upscale place you can recommend without hestitation and bring your parents to when they're in town, but not somewhere you'd long to return again and again...
Posted by Jay on 02/04/2008
I popped into this popular new restaurant for brunch before going to the theatre. They have a prix fixe but I was told I could order a la carte and chose their herb omlette. I also asked for green tea, but was told they don't offer it. The omlette came with a small serving of hashbrowns. Ther was absolutely nothing distinctive about the food. In fact, it was rather bland and portions small. The bill came and the omlette cost $28! I told my waiter I thought that was a bit ridiculous. He came back and adjusted the bill to $24 for the omlette. Maybe there other offerings are better, but I won't be going back to find out.