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Posted by FoodieNYC on 09/18/2006
I recently took my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday at Bouley and was very disappointed in the service, food and atmosphere. First of all, the waiter was unattentive, the food was average at best and they need to update their decor. I made a special request beforehand about his birthday and they failed to remember. I had to remind them when they brought out the dessert menu which is really embarrassing. For $300, you are better off going elsewhere
Posted by litlbug on 08/16/2006
My boyfriend took me here last night to celebrate my birthday and I could NOT have asked for a more enchanting evening. From the smell of fresh apples in the foyer to the red vaulted ceilings and plush banquettes, it was so comfortable and had such a glow. Then the food starting coming! Everything was scrumptious and beautifully presented, including the added refresher courses given to us. The brought a beautiful dessert that said happy birthday in chocolate which topped it all off! The service was truly impeccable as well, extremely detailed. I will remember this evening for a long time!
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.