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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 09/30/2011
At last! Lincoln Center has long been a desert within the UWS Sahara: places to eat before one rushes off to the ballet, opera etc. But there have never been any truly excellent "destination" restaurants in the locale. Daniel Boulud has been doing his best to change that: Bar Boulud first, then Epicerie Boulud. Boulud Sud is his finest hour, by far. Our dinner last night was close to perfect (if you don't count a really hefty bill at the end). First, the food: my charred squid appetizer, stuffed with vegetables and served with a slightly spicy tomato sauce, was really tasty. But my saffron linguini with thinly sliced razor clams, dandelion greens and bottarga, was sublime: some of the best pasta I have ever tasted. My friend's mussels with harissa appetizer was wonderfully spicy (although the dish was quite small), and her quail wrapped in pancetta was luscious. And then the "atmosphere": the place is pretty, and the tables are very well-spaced; as a result, the noise level, even when the place is packed, is completely bearable. The service is knowledgeable and attentive. This isn't just a place to "eat" when you are going to a Lincoln Center event; it is a restaurant to look forward to as much as the event itself. HIGHLY recommended.
Posted by David C on 09/13/2011
My wife and I had one of the best meals we've had in ages and decided that Boulud Sud is our favorite new restaurant of the year. While it IS expensive, it is also possible to have an amazing experience for somewhat less by concentrating on the truly delicious smaller plates. The sardine prep was astonishing as was the duck leg in brique. In fact everything we tasted was absolutely delicious. The room is lovely with good lighting and more then the usual amount of room between tables. The service was friendly and extremely well informed. All in all, we can't wait to return.
Posted by anonymous on 08/04/2011
Daniel's Boulud Sud is quite unique in that you will not find similar fair under one roof elsewhere in Manhattan. While some dishes miss a target, others are exceptional and far make up for any loss. The desserts are fresh and hold a conversation of their own at the dinner table. Over all, my guests and I were more than pleased with our meal and will surely return to explore the changing menu.
Posted by baruch on 06/03/2011
i/we truly wanted to adore both bar boulud & the more recent boulud sud since we live relatively close. sadly, & it is with regret, both are not only pretentious, but also lack that "je ne sais quoi" they both attempt to project. the service at boulud sud is somewhat amateurish in a boorish way, coupled with average food. the theory being that if attractively presented, the bistro will succeed. boulud can dress up a frog, i.e., the beautiful kitchen, but unfortunately it is still la grenouille! maybe if the "le roi daniel" visited incognito, he "might" comprehend the observation, but i seriously doubt he is interested as long as the $'s add up by those willing to accept mediocrity. after several visits to bar boulud & dealing with the supercilious hosts, who somehow feel superior to their customers, atlantic grill, or even papaya king are better alternatives. so 'caveat emptor' to those who like to be overcharged, treated as if it is a privilege to enter these faux bistros. it seems like location is everything - will the public continue to subsidize these 2 below average "bouluds", or will the public discover common sense???? i can only assume boulud believes "you can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public".