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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.
Posted by KGB on 03/23/2007
Every Saturday I fight the urge to eat my lunch here again. My appetite usually wins and I stand for 15 minutes (on average) waiting for a table and watching the same routine: 5 open tables, 5 couples waiting and one really lost hostess that can’t do the math. After a 5 minute consultation with a waitress/waiter, she starts to slowly seat guests. And I prey she doesn't get distracted. I believe the place is losing a lot of turn over due to this nonsense. The food is great for the area. I’m sad they changed their dessert menu. Or, to be honest, they eliminated the dessert menu leaving just a couple of items. I guess they really want people to have lunch, not come in for dessert. Too bad.
Posted by theresax on 12/30/2006
Had a great late lunch here on Friday w/ a friend after reading some reviews here. Since most of the tables were taken, we decided to eat at the bar tho they do have a high communal table which I thought I was nice. The service at the bar was super friendly and very helpful when trying to choose from a menu where everything looks yummy. We finally decided to share the Watercress, Endive & Candied Walnuts salad (baby watercress leaves, Belgian endive, candied walnuts, Roquefort cheese, Fuji apples & walnut vinaigrette), I ordered the Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese (San Marzano Roma tomato soup with grilled fontina & gruyère cheese sandwich - sooo good), and my friend chose the ham & cheese baguette (madrange ham, emmenthaler cheese, sweet butter & dijon mustard) which was also tasty. I do agree w/ everyone that everything was rich but if you’re like me and pretending to get to the gym after the new year, then its all good. Also, I wouldn’t necessarily consider the place as a ‘cheap eat’ either but I still thought it was worth it; all that food, plus a hot chocolate and ice tea came out to $60 including tip. I’ll be back.
Posted by vlap77 on 12/21/2006
While the food was satisfactory and at times quite pleasing, the servers were not good. There were so many of them and we had to wait, and wait and wait for EVERTHING! I had to get up and talk to the host to order dessert and coffee. At the end it was a total disappointment. Next time it's easier to go to the counter instead of the restaurant.
Posted by JPS on 10/27/2006
I would recommend this place as a change of pace to grab lunch on a weekend or even weekday. IT’S NOTHING MORE THAN THAT! Please do not come here in the evening expecting to get anything more than a simple ham and cheese sandwich on French bread and a 12 dollar bowl of chicken soup. It's very basic with an extremely limited menu. No complaint specifically about the food, but it is not something that will WOW! you. So over hyped it hurts. Really, it was in the top 10 for New York magazine cheap eats. Maybe top 50 would have been more appropriate.
Posted by none on 10/24/2006
I've been here a couple of times hoping for a pleasant post-park experience. The food is very good, not overpriced for its location. The staff, however, seem in over their heads. The first time I went, it took them 15 minutes to make a latte--I had to ask the "if looks could kill" server twice where my coffee was. The second time, I asked them not to put in quite so much milk--a simple modification you can ask of any cafe in the city--and they just couldn't pull it off. Too much milk in the latte to taste even a double-shot of espresso. They look so harried, even with a modest line of people there, that you don't have the heart (or the patience) to ask them to make it the way you asked. Expect a wait for one of the few tables, which they wipe with a cloth that smells bad--you have to point this very obvious fact out to them. And all this to sit in a rather empty corner of a vast and sterile mall. I wouldn't bother returning.
Posted by Lord on 10/12/2006
What a place to just sit and enjoy looking out at 57th and cross town amid the statue in the Circle. Top class place. Top class food and service (but not cheap by any standards). The highlight of the visit was buying some dog biscuits to take back to my two dogs after holiday. They scarffed 'em up. They had foie gras in them....no doubt they enjoyed them. Hats off to some of the finest desserts outside of Paris.....I hope to spend more time there next trip....my dogs want me to go tomorrow!