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Posted by JAFNY on 04/22/2007
I was just here on Saturday April 21 with my wife, daughter and her boyfriend to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The entire evening was absolutely delightful and memorable thanks to the wait staff, the uniquely elegant atmosphere and of course the remarkable cuisine. After readng some of the previous reviews I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about which Bouley we'd experience. We arrived at 7pm and despite the fact that the place filled up quickly the super attentive and friendly service didn't skip a beat from start to finish. Everything from the appetizers right through to dessert was just to die for. I'm a life long native New Yorker who's been to some of the finest restaurants both in and out of town and I must say this dining experience set the bar. My Italian mother would very rarely feed me food out of a can. The philosophy here is the same - all organic , fresh natural ingredients and it showed. Of course everyone at the table got a taste of everything we ordered and nothing dissapointed. My personal favorites were the cold lobster salad ( Return to Chang Mei?) and the seared scallop crusted sea bass. The rose petal and asparagus ice creams they presented us gratis for our big day were just over the top delicious. The chef kept sending little extras out during dinner that were, not surprisingly, every bit as sumptuous as the rest of our meal. Yes, dinner was very expensive but I've spent this much and more (especially in Europe) at other restaurants and rarely did any of them equal Bouley last night. We'll be back.
Posted by Foodie on 04/22/2007
The prix fixe lunch is outstanding! Great value for the food quality, just a wonderful experience. Have had dinner here as well, which was excellent. Particularly like the breads they offer you between courses and the long island duckling is to die for! Bouley definitely lives up to his reputation.
Posted by East Side Foodie on 02/21/2007
Okay David Bouley, you should be ashamed of yourself. Salty food that makes you actually pucker when you taste it? Ugh! Aloof service and snooty attitudes don't help what seems to be the big slide downhill either. Our waiter was incredibly short with us and if it weren't for him forgetting his "French" accent and slipping into Brooklyneese, it would have been much more infuriating. The food used to be world class and has clearly degenerated into third rate cuisine that can be had for half the price most anyplace else. Yes it's a beautiful place, but it looks like it's time for a facelift. I can't say how truly unimpressed we were and we've been there many times. I understand from our friends that they share the same view, so save your bucks or at least go somewhere where you can enjoy your food and have better service. Unbelieveably, after giving the waiter a 20% tip (which he really didn't deserve) he actually gave us a nasty look and made it a point to make us feel uncomfortable. Since when does 20% of the total bill mean you have to take a beating?
Posted by doctorted on 12/01/2006
Its easy to see why David Bouley is not only one of the worlds great chefs but one of its most successful also...Bouley epitomizes this..When one dines at this level [and price] an experience covering all five senses is in order...Bouley is such: Sight: Bouley is a small elegant restaurant, plush, cozy painted in a soft whimsical red with thick carpeting and pretty lamps lighting each table...It has a glow...Tables are nice and large and intelligently spaced...No Siberias in this room or dark corners. Smell: When you walk in the entance ,the walls are lined with a variety of fresh autumn apples giving off a fragrant perfume...Whoever thought apples could be so beautiful too? Sound: Hushed but not muted: Great acoustics: No sounds from street. Touch: All the right ones...Service impeccable...Right on targer...Not overbearing or stiff. Taste: First course a palate cleanser of a grapefruit granite with a light meringe on top,,,super chilled with a bit of sugar...wonderful and refreshing...Two appetizers: Eggplant terrine with light tomato sauce ang chevre was as delicious as it looked...Seafood in phyllo brings out fresh distinct flavors...Main of buttermilk chicken over mushrooms was the most tender i ever had...With creamy mashed potatoes truly delicious...The food here is light but satisfying ,not overwhelmed with heavy saiuces or seasonings..But heres where the generousity comes in: Even though my fiancee and i shared a wonderfu. chocolate souffle...they also brought a tiny strawberry yogurt desert...then a delicious vanilla sorbet with a concord grape reduction then a plate of divine mini cookies...At this point we begged for them to stop...But on the way out they had one more surprise...A bag with a delicious lemon poundcake from BOULEY Bakery ! Summary: An extraordinary dining experience even for the most jaded NYC foodie.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2006
Went here for lunch today and was a great experience, food was amazing, servicer great, they kept refilling my waters and the pistachio bread is fab. would go again, reasonable too for the setting and quality of food.
Posted by ht_foodie on 11/12/2006
One of the best places to bring a date.. was there for lunch today.. excellent!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2006
This was truly wonderful - as you walk in there are apples lining the entryway - all fresh from the farm - it smells so good! i had the tuna - so fresh and good. then the sea bass - really in a scallop crust! there was a wonderful selection of breads and palate cleansers. the deserts were all great - I had the rice pudding but we also had the choloate sufle and figs. everything was fabulous, the service was great and the atmosphere was wonderful.