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Posted by Scottk on 11/10/2008
Four of us had dinner at Bouley this past Saturday night. We all had the tasting menu. Two of us were given cold fish dishes which were replaced by raw on the inside bass. the next course consisted of raw squab and raw fois gras. full plates of food were retrieved without the waiter asking what was wrong. I got up and told our experience to the maitre'd. They took two $95 tasting menus off of our check. What a wasted night.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2008
My husband selected this restaurant as a special surprise for my birthday. We paid $350 without tip. The Tasting Menu choice was better than the selection of foie gras as appetizer and pig as main course (a tiny square of food for $44). There were at least 6 waiters in black suits and several others, who served the food and water. The "men in black" were not able to answer any question competently and they were arrogant too. The only two persons, who's knowledge reflected what this place claims to be, were the maitre and the sommelier. For the change of the dessert of the Menu to cheese, we were charged additional $24! Definitely a place, were you pay for all the employees, but not for a reasonable/even little overpriced dinner.
Posted by Michael Loh - Singapore on 09/22/2008
Bouley was definitely our most memorable dining experience in New York city during our 3-week stay in the Big Apple in August. We were very warmly greeted in French (no less) the minute we arrived and promptly escorted to our table. Our comfort was assured before they presented the menu. We appreciate the extra care they took in ensuring our comfort. This was the start to a great dining experience. The dining room was decorated in Continental style with fresh flowers on every table. The warm red hues were also to my preference. However the placement of the tables were quite close to each other leaving little room for privacy. We had neighbours who were talking not too softly but we tried not to let that get in the way of our enjoyment. Service was impeccable. The waiting staff were very attentive, courteous and friendly yet very professional in their approach and demeanour. I had no doubt that they deserved every penny of the 20% tip. Well what can I possibly say about the food? Everything was fantastic from the Chef's welcome appetizer right up to dessert. Our favorite dishes were the Florida Shrimp, Baby Squid and Cape Cod Sea Scallop - the seafood were fresh and done just right to retain its ocean freshness, and the Tuna Sashimi served on a bed of shaved fennel - the tuna sashimi was so fresh and tender it almost melted in my mouth. After we have paid the bill, we were graciously thanked for our patronage (nothing too ostentatious or embarassing) and my wife received a lemon loaf as a parting gift which we really appreciated. We had initially made a mental note to buy a loaf from their bakery across the street. Overall a most satisfying and unforgettable experience for us. As tourists without a car, we had absolutely no difficulty finding the restaurant from Chambers Street subway station. It is a mere 5 mins stroll from station.
Posted by rjfoodwine on 09/21/2008
Very stiff service to the point it makes you unconfortable. Tables are too close together for this type of dining. If it is a quiet atmosphere why have the tables 6 inches apart. All conversations could be heard. No butter served with bread, water glasses left empty, no manager around from what i could see. The basic service issues not even followed. Food was good but not great. Nothing I can even remember stands out. Even the famous bread was just average. Ended up spending about $800 on the meal with glasses of champagne and a decent Burgundy and would of been happier even if spending more somewhere I liked. Sommelier recommened a 2003 red burgundy and when I said I not very fond of the warm vintage he said I would be impressed with this domaine. He was wrong, hot and unbalanced. Overall bad experience and could not wait to get out of there.
Posted by Australian sisters on 07/14/2008
Chocolate muffin - could get better at Starbucks, cheesecake was soggy and boring. We were recommended to go here by some Australian friends, they will no longer be our friends as we did walk quite some way for sullen service and overpriced average baked goods.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2008
the food was a total disappointment...service was good...but the food was just fussy and did not taste good!
Posted by Food Addiction on 06/26/2008
I rate all the restaurants I go to and Bouley is the FIRST restaurant ever to get a 10 out of 10. The service was absolutely fantastic (the person before must have been on an off day). The ambiance was so pleasant and I have no words to describe how delicious the food was. I had the 5 course tasting menu and couldn't wipe the smile off my face after taking the first bite of each course. Needless to say I'm still smiling now. I can't wait to go to Bouley again. It's a great place to impress a date or an out -of-town visitor and it's a great place to just enjoy with friends. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED! Take me with you -)