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Posted by Bert on 03/16/2008
My fiance and I celebrated an anniversary at Bouley last night. The entire experience food, service, atmosphere was magical. We ordered from the tasting menu which allowed us to sample the rich, dense flavors in manageable portions. My rack of lamb was spectacular his squab tender. His favorite item was the first course a phyllo crusted crabcake (I'm simplifying). My favorite was the spectacular chocolate souffle desserts. (The desserts are the crown jewel of the entire experience.) I also loved the sheep milk ricotta gnocchi that accompanied my rack of lamb. My fiance reminded me throughout that Bouley was more than just the food it's an experience. And it is. The service was impeccable. The sommelier helped us [select] a spectacular (and, yes, affordable) wine. The team of folks serving us were attentive without being obstrusive. The "red" room was fragrant with fresh flowers on every table, and buzzed with excitement of "who's who" at every table. To cap off the night, the wait staff served us a surprise "gift" a creme brule with a candle to salute the occasion of our anniversary. As we gathered our coats to leave a while later, we received another "gift" a small lemon tea cake from the Bouley bakery next door. A wonderful reminder for us the next day of what was simply a magical experience.
Posted by iampatbateman on 02/22/2008
this place has some of the best food on the planet. new york magazine had written up the "return from chiang mai" appetizer...it was to die for. the service was impeccable, the tasting menu untouchable, the wine unbelievable, and the desserts the best of all. if you ever get an opportunity to eat at Bouley, do not let it pass you by.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2008
Dinner for two. We went for the unlisted seasonal tasting menu, 6 savory courses, plus desserts. Courses included foie gras with prune, colorado lamb rack with gnocchi and red wine jus, king salmon, lobster, scallops and crab meat with a delectable herbal sauce.... All the food was of the highest quality, expertly cooked. Mr. Bouley's food isn't as trendy as some other places, but to me certainly tastes the better for it. The fish was as good as Le Bernardin, and the lamb (tender beyond belief) and foie gras were perhaps the finest I've ever had. Great and charming service, excellent bread, excellent wine, overall we were very impressed, more than we were expecting to be. None of the inconsistency that some reviews mention. I would say my new favorite restaurant in New York.
Posted by Just Enjoy on 01/11/2008
Many of my friends have said they have never eaten better food then here, so when my boyfriend's 30th bday came around, I took advantage of the occasion and decided to go here. We had a wonderful table in the corner at the end of a four table row. I'm not going to say the food was the best I've ever had, though it was quite amazing. The waitstaff was EXTREMELY attentive, but not overly in our face. The only problem I had here were the other guests. We could here everything being said by the other 3 tables in our row. I wouldn't have minded this if they didn't complain so often. Every last one of them complained. One female basically tried to her own dish, another one complaided that the bread attendant wasn't attentive enough to her husband's request, even though he had 5 kinds of bread on his plate (she actually complained about everything the whole evening. Her excuse was that she had a high expectation of the food and service, and if everything wasn't meeting these expectations, then she needed to let them know their faults). We were the only one's in our row truly grateful for the food, the service and the experience. I have never been more disgusted by people in all honesty. People should just enjoy. This is not the restaurant's fault, so I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Qmaster on 12/27/2007
Had dinner here on a trip to NYC for my girls birthday and our anniversary... What a beautiful place! warm, cozy, and very romantic. I made reservations through open table, and mentioned I would like a nice cozy booth, and that it was a special occasion... They sat us right away, in a very romantic corner couch/area, very romantic, looking out on to the whole dining room... Perfect table, and everything got better! We got the tasting menu, kind of wanted the wine pairing but our waiter never offered it... but with thirty dollar for glass of wine or champagne, I would of liked the wine tasting... Another great thing was that we could had lot of choices on our tasting menu... besides the chefs canape, which was some beet and jelly with peanut butter foam, our meal was incredible... The squab with foie gras wrapped in cabbage was out of this world!!! (just wish I had more than five bites..) She had a truffle crusted lamb chop which was outstanding..( again wish we had more than one chop..) Phyllo crusted shrimp with scallops and squid..(WOW!) perfectly cooked, and so damn good...skipping to desert, she got a chocolate soufle with a candle and happy birthday written on it, and we got a creme bulee (on the house) with happy anniversary on it, and kept getting more and more tastings of pastry and chocolate.. The staff treated us very special, and so much attention to detail that our exprience here was just unforgettable... I would be back here for our anniversary pretty much every year from now on... (oh and best chocolate soufle I ever had...) Overall its a FIrst Class establishment, with First class food , and service...
Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2007
Still lovely to look at. $38.00 Lunch is a good value. Quite enough to eat and great breads Little treats from the chef and petit fours with coffee made for a lovely experience. Wine prices are out of sight! Best to order a drink or a glass. Interestingly, nearby tables chose not to order wine by the bottle after seeing the list. When will they ever learn! More places should follow the example of Gotham and Perry Street and offer cheaper wines with lunch.
Posted by R3K on 11/11/2007
The service is fantastic and the little extra details are wonderful. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The food was good- nothing to make you run to the kitchen and thank the chef, but it was good. I’m sure this restaurant gets its share of pompous guests and obnoxious diners, my wife and I are not over the top demanding, still I’m glad we sat in plain site of the service staff. They seemed to be having a good time gathering by the entrance to the kitchen making fun of other guests and their behavior.