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Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2008
I've never eaten lunch here and can guess that it's probably not a pleasant experience. It's cramped, crowded and chaotic. It's just shoe-horned into an area that wasn't built for a relaxed dining experience. I just grab a couple of pastries and go. Bouchon's takes on the nutterbutter and Oreo are brilliant. Everything is fresh and finger licking good.
Posted by Kramer on 09/10/2008
I have no interest in coming here for lunch. I went to the bakery and most of my selections were terrific (particularly the coffee cake which is the best that I have ever had and the almost too-rich chocolate tart). I agree with the reviewer who said the cookies were not that interesting. I stopped by the other day and saw 4 new pastries that took my fancy, so I can't wait to go back to buy them. It's definitely one of the top bakeries in NYC, along with Bouley Bakery, Sullivan Street Bakery, and Sullivan's former "sister" Grand Daisy Bakery.
Posted by aje on 08/26/2008
Food was not fresh. Servers were inept. Save your money and go somewhere else. This is a tourist trap. I give this place a year and it will be closed down.
Posted by anonymous on 04/22/2008
Extremely pricy for the quality of food, which is barely decent. I've had much better sandwiches that cost a third of the price. Tuna salad sandwich is okay, my boyfriend couldn't finish the Wagyu brisket sandwich because it was so bland. On the plus side, the fresh butter they serve with bread is very tasty, so is the light dressing on all the side salads. So it'd be great if you could just get bread, butter and a side salad and avoid the main courses. The view is also very pretty, but not enough for mediocre, expensive food.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/21/2008
After waiting over an hour on a Sunday to sit down and paying $13 for a grilled cheese I was expecting it to be amazing. It wasn't. The tomato soup that came with it tasted just like tomato paste out of a can. My companion who I was with got the soup special, and it was just a watery broth for $7. To be fair I did not have dessert, which is supposed to be their biggest strength, but if you are just looking to have lunch- go somewhere else.
Posted by NYfoodista on 07/25/2007
Bouchon Bakery is one of my favorite places in NY and so far I have never been disappointed. The food is consistently excellent, the waiters very polite and attentive and the view over Central Park is just great. Perfect for lunch - but be prepared to wait a while before you get a table. Sandwiches and Salads are good, but try the "soup du jour" and the desserts - here you can feel the big brother Per Se having an influence on the quality and innovativeness. Yesterday I had a chilled watercress soup with truffles and shaved parmesan - for 7 Dollars including fresh bread and salty butter. What more can you ask for?
Posted by bob on 07/24/2007
Yes, lunch is overpriced and very good, not anything ethereal. But the restaurant is not called Bouchon Lunch. It is not called Bouchon Sandwich. It is not Called Bouchon Soup. This is the best French pastry ANYWHERE in New York. Not Payard, not Financier, not Patisserie Claude, not Ceci Cela -- they are all excellent, but this is truly transcendent. The cookies are a little overrated -- but still phenomenal. It's the tarts -- the tarts, the mousses, the little pastries -- just OUT OF THIS WORLD! I spent two weeks in Belgium essentially running around eating pastry, and Bouchon is up there with anything I had in Belgium.