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Posted by Heather on 08/08/2006
I love this restaurant and have eaten here a good half dozen times. Bouley is supremely talented - and an absolute god with anything to do with mushrooms! The only shortcoming is a hard one to fathom: at such a sublime establishment as this, why is the wait staff so inexperienced? It's a silly way for this grand restauranteur to skimp, for sure! I have found it difficult to get the bread guy's attention (as well as others), had tap water poured into my mineral water gazeuse glass and plates eagerly taken away. It's not terrible, but it does make me think twice about preferring to book a table at a place where the staff is more professional and seasoned.
Posted by Celebrators on 07/04/2006
We celebrated our 3rd anniversary here last night. We had the tasting menu including the wine pairings. The food was fantastic - fresh, imaginative, presented well and very tasty. The wine was perfectly matched with each course - we ended up really enjoying a white wine that we never would have chosen for ourselves. The atmosphere, as others have commented, was well-considered down to every detail. On the other hand, the service, in our opinion, left a little to be desired. We were called 3 separate times before last night to confirm our reservation, even though we had already confirmed. One caller (the third one) even left a message with the wrong time, which required us to call back again to reconfirm the original time. Once we were there, the waitstaff seemed to watch our table, not necessarily to ensure that we were taken care of, but to take our plates the moment we even seemed done (the sort of situation where you feel like you need to hold onto your utensils if you want to keep eating). The restaurant closed at 11:30 - we sat down at 9:30 - it didn't seem as though we needed to have our meal "moved along" quite like that. Altogether, the food and overall atmosphere were as top-notch as the prices suggest. The only thing lacking was the time to linger and enjoy it!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2006
mMy best friend and i celebrate important milestones (anything from finishing a book to graduating from graduate school) at bouley where we meet for the prix fixe lunch. it's sublime. the service is genial, the atmosphere relaxed and understated, but elegant. the kind of place that makes you sit up straight in your chair. the food is consistently exciting, the culinary equivalent of a well-curated art show: learn a little, challenged a little, appreciate aesthetics and marvel at technical prowess. it is a bit expensive for me, but worth every cent. i wouldn't take my boyfriend here, he's a steakhouse kind of guy, but it's wonderful for the girls.
Posted by Farah &Tiago on 06/05/2006
One of the best restaurant we've been in the world. My boyfriend is Belgian , visited 39 countries. lived in 13 cities in the world Whilst I visited 26 countries and lived in the Philippines, Thailand, England. As we entered the restaurant, you are welcomed by the smell of the delicious apples and you are met by a very friendly hostess.The service was first class from the receptionist , to the waiter down to the bus boy . The food was abosolutely worth it. I enjoyed the "return from Chiang Mai" followed by Sea Bass in a Sea Scallop Crust and the endless array of dessert. My boyfirend had a feast with Foie Grois, then lobster with a Fricasee of Sugar Snap Peas and an endless array of dessert. The serving is just perfect and you did not have to wait for 30 minutes for your entree to be served. It was such an exquisite ,fine dining experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/31/2006
The vaulted ceilings, candlelight, at once, make the room seem intimate. The fact that everything is red is warm, not overpowering. The service was on par with what is expected of such an uspcale restaurant, though not remarkable in anyway. The food is delicious, among the best in the city. For appetizers, the tuna sashimi was wonderful but couldn't compare with the foie gras which I'd easily rate as being among the best in the world. For entrees, the rack of lamb, and the lobster were fabulous. Among the desserts, the chocolate souffle was absolutely perfect, and the creme brulee tasty as well. The meal was expensive, but well worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/04/2006
Lunch for two in a quiet corner with absolutely delicious food, excellent but no hovering servers, and the added enticement of the equally excellent bakery across the street - with wonderful food and desserts to go. The prix fixe is not cheap, but a steal for the quality of food and overall experience. A great special occasion restaurant. And a great excuse for inventing a special occasion!
Posted by WorldEater on 03/25/2006
I don't understand all the praise for this restaurant - 2 michelin / 3 star NY Times. This was one of the most disappointing high-end experiences I've ever had. The food was disappointing as well. All the meat dishes were overcooked (veal and squab) and some were cold when they shouldn't have been. The sauces were amazing, but the game should be about the main ingredient. That's like serving the best pasta sauce with completely undercooked pasta. Some dishes were very good (scallop appetizer), but the majority were average to below average. The only redeeming factor are the desserts which were sublime.