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Posted by MINKOVICH on 06/13/2014
We were regulars at the original Bouley some 20 years ago, and had the same impression as most everyone else, that it was the best restaurant in New York. Since then, we have tried each of its incarnations a couple of times, the current restaurant twice over a period of the last three years. The decor is fine, the service is fine, the attitude is fine, the house wines are fine. However, the food is not great or even very good, just good, and that includes the famous breads. There are two possible explanations for this impression. One is that in the past couple of decades we have eaten some dozens of dinners at Michelin three-star restaurants in France and Spain, and our tastes have become more educated. The other is that this restaurant has gone down. In any event, if we were to rate it on our Michelin scale, it would be one star, and about 24 on the Zagat scale.
Posted by Wanda Hernandez on 01/07/2014
We had Christmas dinner on 12/13 and found the place had changed a great deal and not for the better. The food was good, however we waited a veeery long time for our entree. When the Maitre D' came to ask us what we needed and we told him our main course he replied that great food takes a long time! Our waitress made no apologies for the delay, as if it was perfectly normal to wait that long for your entree. I don't think we'll be going there again the next time we visit New York!
Posted by Restaurant commentator on 05/19/2013
My boyfriend brought me here and I fell in love with him all over again. Beautiful place. Romantic. Mouth watering food.. Great service. A must!
Posted by Guest on 12/21/2012
My family's dinning experience is very vast, and we have all been to many incredible michellin stared restaurants in both the states, and Europe, yet few have been as enjoyable as Bouley. Upon arrival the atmosphere completely blew us away, the smell of fresh apples, and the beautiful decor. Service was impeccable, and the food was amazing to say the least. Michellin should raise this place to three stars. I also higly reccomend the porcini flan, as out of all the undoubtably great food this was the highlight.
Posted by anonymous on 12/19/2012
I've been wanting to go to Bouley for quite some time. I wouldn't go again. The atmosphere was lovely but not enough to lure me back. I didn't feel wowed by flavor. The only thing I enjoyed were the desserts and bread. Go elsewhere.
Posted by James on 10/10/2012
A wonderful time. I took my wife, a client, and my client's husband to dinner here about a month ago. It was perfect. My client - who has been feted around the world - said it was the best restaurant experience she could remember having in New York for a number of years. The wine steward was knowledgeable and helpful. We were well treated and well fed. We left feeling great, the way you should after a good meal out.
Posted by Jacqui Jones on 04/24/2012
A pompous maitre d' exorbitant prices and untrained/unprofessional waiter staff, admin staff and very average menu make the experience a laughable one. Certainly not a fine dining experience or a treat - A bad experience followed by very little desire to win over our patronage. I would not recommend Bouley to anyone. For that sort of money treat yourself to a real dining experience with a much better level of customer service. A recommendation- Eleven on Madison Experience and price bitter pill to swallow.