Bouley Restaurant

★★★★☆

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Although I don't remember too much of my meal, I know the service was impressive and they sent us home with packaged cookies. The ambiance and dishes seem to cater more towards an older, sophisticated audience.

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★★★★☆

Although I don't remember too much of my meal, I know the service was impressive and they sent us home with packaged cookies. The ambiance and dishes seem to cater more towards an older, sophisticated audience.

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Good, classic french food. A bit too stuffy for my tastes, and not an overly memorable meal, but I'm glad I was able to eat here.

3
★★★☆☆

Good, classic french food. A bit too stuffy for my tastes, and not an overly memorable meal, but I'm glad I was able to eat here.

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Having been before, we booked a month in advance for Christmas Day. We arrived to chaos. No greeting, nowhere to sit or stand, and no table. We were eventually informed (when we tracked down a person) that the wait would be 1/2 an hour. But people in the full waiting area had been WAITING FOR OVER AN HOUR. We also heard the restaurant service was very slow, about 4 hours for the whole meal. People were very annoyed. We went around the corner instead to the old NY standby, where we had lovely, attentive service.

Who would want to spend their significant money for very poor service?

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★☆☆☆☆

Having been before, we booked a month in advance for Christmas Day. We arrived to chaos. No greeting, nowhere to sit or stand, and no table. We were eventually informed (when we tracked down a person) that the wait would be 1/2 an hour. But people in the full waiting area had been WAITING FOR OVER AN HOUR. We also heard the restaurant service was very slow, about 4 hours for the whole meal. People were very annoyed. We went around the corner instead to the old NY standby, where we had lovely, attentive service.

Who would want to spend their significant money for very poor service?

Pros: Its past

Cons: Service

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Bouley is a fine dining experience. You go there for special occassions - birthdays and anniversaries. It's expensive and beautiful but really not stuffy or snobby. Once you are in there (men, jackets are required) and everyone is all dressed up, it's just so civilized.

So the atmosphere works, but just as importantly - the food is delcious. Filling but not too heavy, interesting and flavourful but not gimicky or odd. We just loved it. And we were doing okay till the desserts, where we definitely went overboard. The desserts are too delicious and worth a seperate visit.

The wine expert was charming and we had a great night.

I would definitely go again. Here you get what you pay for.

2
★★★★★

Bouley is a fine dining experience. You go there for special occassions - birthdays and anniversaries. It's expensive and beautiful but really not stuffy or snobby. Once you are in there (men, jackets are required) and everyone is all dressed up, it's just so civilized.

So the atmosphere works, but just as importantly - the food is delcious. Filling but not too heavy, interesting and flavourful but not gimicky or odd. We just loved it. And we were doing okay till the desserts, where we definitely went overboard. The desserts are too delicious and worth a seperate visit.

The wine expert was charming and we had a great night.

I would definitely go again. Here you get what you pay for.

Pros: Event evening

Cons: expensive, but you know that before you walk in

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While dining at Bouley, the Food was at par at best. When you're paying 255 for a Chef's Tasting Menu and a Wine Paring, you'd expect more. The attitude of the servers is unbelievable. I pay to eat and pay your tips, treat me well is my thinking. Troy, the Maitre'D was a complete mess...Fine dining at its worst in NYC.

0
★☆☆☆☆

While dining at Bouley, the Food was at par at best. When you're paying 255 for a Chef's Tasting Menu and a Wine Paring, you'd expect more. The attitude of the servers is unbelievable. I pay to eat and pay your tips, treat me well is my thinking. Troy, the Maitre'D was a complete mess...Fine dining at its worst in NYC.

Pros: None

Cons: Service, Arrogance and Pretentious

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My Husband and I use to go to Bouley regularly recently, however, the food has not been as wonderful. In addition, the room is feeling old. They also seem to have a fly problem bc everything we have gone recently there are flys buzzing around our food--maybe it the flowers but they need to remedy this problem. The breads are still amazing as are the desserts and the service is also very good, but a little stuffy. Good food but not great; more authentic french than Daniel - for example-but over all Daniel is better

2
★★★★☆

My Husband and I use to go to Bouley regularly recently, however, the food has not been as wonderful. In addition, the room is feeling old. They also seem to have a fly problem bc everything we have gone recently there are flys buzzing around our food--maybe it the flowers but they need to remedy this problem. The breads are still amazing as are the desserts and the service is also very good, but a little stuffy. Good food but not great; more authentic french than Daniel - for example-but over all Daniel is better

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Wow!! What a treat. We had the 6 course tasting menu to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Only one flaw, the egg and pancetta dish. It was the most amazing egg with bacon in a cream foam with white truffle (i think). But it wasn't breakfast time. Also ther was a loud woman sitting next to us, We heard her whole conversation. The best was when her date said he didn't want to be in a relationship with her. I laughed loud enough so she could hear me. The service was impecable. I was pampered so much it was a pleasure paying the check. Excellent restaurant expierience.

2
★★★★★

Wow!! What a treat. We had the 6 course tasting menu to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Only one flaw, the egg and pancetta dish. It was the most amazing egg with bacon in a cream foam with white truffle (i think). But it wasn't breakfast time. Also ther was a loud woman sitting next to us, We heard her whole conversation. The best was when her date said he didn't want to be in a relationship with her. I laughed loud enough so she could hear me. The service was impecable. I was pampered so much it was a pleasure paying the check. Excellent restaurant expierience.

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Alone in NYC just before Christmas I decide to treat myself to what I expected would be an excellent meal at Bouley and every aspect of the meal exceeded my expectations. It was really outstanding! A truly incredible gourmet experience! The fragrance of apples one smells when walking in the door at Bouley and viewing them on the wooden shelves was especially innovative as was the rest of the restaurant's decor. I was courteously seated and although by myself was given ample attention. I had come late and expected to eat light so I ordered a few appetizers with the Long Island Duck. Not knowing exactly how the appetizers would taste, I decided to give the sommelier a chance to suggest something special for the wine pairings and this was a great decision as he and the waiter both came up with several fantastic combinations, which I would not normally have tried. The crab leg appetizer with black truffel was served in a neat copper dish and was a unique combination of crab legs in a far eastern flavored stock. The flavors were really "out-of-this-world", a delicious choice by itself, but coupled with the wine which was something on par with a sautern ( which I am kicking myself for not writing down), it was exquisite! The other appetizer I ordered was a pheasant egg which was surrounded with a foam and also had thin slivers of white and black truffels with a blue cheese polenta. It has been a few weeks so I can't remember all the other flavors that were in this dish but it was a real knockout. Then came the Long Island Duck breast absolutely roasted to perfection with remarkable flavors as well but the size was big enough to take half home and it was so, so tender. The Pommard the waiters recommended to go with the duck was again a perfect combination. The entire evening was quite memorable and certainly one of the best meals I have ever had. At $125 not including the tip the prices were very reasonable considering the quality,

2
★★★★★

Alone in NYC just before Christmas I decide to treat myself to what I expected would be an excellent meal at Bouley and every aspect of the meal exceeded my expectations. It was really outstanding! A truly incredible gourmet experience! The fragrance of apples one smells when walking in the door at Bouley and viewing them on the wooden shelves was especially innovative as was the rest of the restaurant's decor. I was courteously seated and although by myself was given ample attention. I had come late and expected to eat light so I ordered a few appetizers with the Long Island Duck. Not knowing exactly how the appetizers would taste, I decided to give the sommelier a chance to suggest something special for the wine pairings and this was a great decision as he and the waiter both came up with several fantastic combinations, which I would not normally have tried. The crab leg appetizer with black truffel was served in a neat copper dish and was a unique combination of crab legs in a far eastern flavored stock. The flavors were really "out-of-this-world", a delicious choice by itself, but coupled with the wine which was something on par with a sautern ( which I am kicking myself for not writing down), it was exquisite! The other appetizer I ordered was a pheasant egg which was surrounded with a foam and also had thin slivers of white and black truffels with a blue cheese polenta. It has been a few weeks so I can't remember all the other flavors that were in this dish but it was a real knockout. Then came the Long Island Duck breast absolutely roasted to perfection with remarkable flavors as well but the size was big enough to take half home and it was so, so tender. The Pommard the waiters recommended to go with the duck was again a perfect combination. The entire evening was quite memorable and certainly one of the best meals I have ever had. At $125 not including the tip the prices were very reasonable considering the quality,

Pros: Innovative Food

Cons: Couldn't find the wine list on the web after the dinner.

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Deeply disappointing overall experience. Food was just OK. There was a 50 minute wait beyond our reservation time with NO apology and NO explanation. At this caliber of restaurant, that is absurd. Also, I emailed the restaurant to complain about this poor management and when I received no reply, the message wes resent. The lack of any response shows you what these jerks think about their customers. Arrogant snobs who won't survive.

1
★★☆☆☆

Deeply disappointing overall experience. Food was just OK. There was a 50 minute wait beyond our reservation time with NO apology and NO explanation. At this caliber of restaurant, that is absurd. Also, I emailed the restaurant to complain about this poor management and when I received no reply, the message wes resent. The lack of any response shows you what these jerks think about their customers. Arrogant snobs who won't survive.

Pros: Nice room

Cons: HORRENDOUS management of front of house

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I had to return my steak 3 times before it was cooked the way I'd asked for it to be done. Also, my table was comprised of 5 women and the service we receieved was condescending.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had to return my steak 3 times before it was cooked the way I'd asked for it to be done. Also, my table was comprised of 5 women and the service we receieved was condescending.

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The place looked really cute, which was what caught our eyes in the first place. The tables are neatly spaced so that we can have privacy, and the place is not too loud. The service is pretty good as well. My friend and I wanted to try the seafood, which seemed to be really fresh and wonderfully flavored. It is a bit pricey, but worth a try.

4
★★★★☆

The place looked really cute, which was what caught our eyes in the first place. The tables are neatly spaced so that we can have privacy, and the place is not too loud. The service is pretty good as well. My friend and I wanted to try the seafood, which seemed to be really fresh and wonderfully flavored. It is a bit pricey, but worth a try.

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Bouley does have great food - it's one of those 'I'm on the expense account and need to wine and dine someone' type places. I don't think I'd ever go there if this wasn't the situation. The price is expensive enough to make your guest feel like they're really getting something and the food is quite good. I've always had good service when I've been there. Sometime the bill comes a little slow, but the food and drinks are usually right there when you need them.

2
★★★★☆

Bouley does have great food - it's one of those 'I'm on the expense account and need to wine and dine someone' type places. I don't think I'd ever go there if this wasn't the situation. The price is expensive enough to make your guest feel like they're really getting something and the food is quite good. I've always had good service when I've been there. Sometime the bill comes a little slow, but the food and drinks are usually right there when you need them.

Pros: food,drink,service

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: nothing

Cons: bad price/service value

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So last month I decided to try and impress my mom. She isn't too familiar with many of the nice New York restaurants so I decided to act like a well-educated big shot and take her to Bouley. Man, she was impressed, but was it worth the $220 dinner? I sure hope so! Food and drink was awesome. I had the Lamb with homemade sheep milk ricotta gnocchi and some other things. Everything was great as you'd expect from Bouley.
Service was excellent and they were knowledgeable. Be sure to take someone here for a high-powered business lunch or super awesome friday night date. Either way, you're sure to impress.

2
★★★★☆

So last month I decided to try and impress my mom. She isn't too familiar with many of the nice New York restaurants so I decided to act like a well-educated big shot and take her to Bouley. Man, she was impressed, but was it worth the $220 dinner? I sure hope so! Food and drink was awesome. I had the Lamb with homemade sheep milk ricotta gnocchi and some other things. Everything was great as you'd expect from Bouley.
Service was excellent and they were knowledgeable. Be sure to take someone here for a high-powered business lunch or super awesome friday night date. Either way, you're sure to impress.

Pros: service,food,ambiance

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You can take your spouse/friend/relative to a much better place and also save tons of money! What can I say about Bouley?! It was simply disgusting! Food below par, waiting staff was wondering around helpless, after all this, the bill was extremely high ($175 pp) The place is old, needs new carpeting, and maybe good cleaning once in a while, it was dirty and worn down. What a disappointment and waste of money! Aside from few dishes and dessert, the rest of food was either bland or turned my stomach just by looking at it! Imagine: warm, raw egg whites with pieces of cooked egg white and almost raw ham drowned in it (nauseous yet?)

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★★☆☆☆

You can take your spouse/friend/relative to a much better place and also save tons of money! What can I say about Bouley?! It was simply disgusting! Food below par, waiting staff was wondering around helpless, after all this, the bill was extremely high ($175 pp) The place is old, needs new carpeting, and maybe good cleaning once in a while, it was dirty and worn down. What a disappointment and waste of money! Aside from few dishes and dessert, the rest of food was either bland or turned my stomach just by looking at it! Imagine: warm, raw egg whites with pieces of cooked egg white and almost raw ham drowned in it (nauseous yet?)

Pros: dessert was decent, breads

Cons: everything, don't go there

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This place is great, so mellow. great ambiance, amazing wine list and great service. love the decor and the staff was really friendly. had the atlantic halibut and it was cooked perfectly.

would highly recommend this great spot for all kinds of events, dates, dinner with the rents. it's just an all around sweet spot....

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★★★★☆

This place is great, so mellow. great ambiance, amazing wine list and great service. love the decor and the staff was really friendly. had the atlantic halibut and it was cooked perfectly.

would highly recommend this great spot for all kinds of events, dates, dinner with the rents. it's just an all around sweet spot....

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Visited Bouley this week for the first time. Service was poor; waiters were slow and unpleasant. The food was below average. It lacked both the flavor and the presentation. The best part of the food was their bread. Afterward I was left with severely upset stomach. One more thing, the place does not look clean and in fact there is a distinct fishy odor in the air. I will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Visited Bouley this week for the first time. Service was poor; waiters were slow and unpleasant. The food was below average. It lacked both the flavor and the presentation. The best part of the food was their bread. Afterward I was left with severely upset stomach. One more thing, the place does not look clean and in fact there is a distinct fishy odor in the air. I will never go back.

Pros: wide variety of breads

Cons: everything else

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While I will say that the food was extraordinary and gets 5 stars, at the end of the meal an extremely frustrating event occured. Therefore, my rating is unfortunately reduced to 2 stars. After a fulfilling and pleasant meal, the waiter brought a bill which included the items we ordered (2 tasting menus, 1 mineral water, 1 bottle wine) along with extra items (embedded into our other items on the receipt) that we had not ordered (2 beef soups, 2 wine pairings, 2 teas, etc). How could this happen?? Was this by accident?? Can't assume so. Who would coincidentally choose the exact same items we ordered? I believe this was deliberately done by the waiter(s) who served us. After I pointed out the error, they came back with the correct receipt and they didn't even apologize. We first considered that they brought us the bill for a different table, but the new bill showed the same correct number of the table we were seated in. Did being non-French affect their treatment of us? In a wonderful restaurant like Bouley, I am regretful to say that the actions of the waiters were extremely disappointing and degrading.

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★★☆☆☆

While I will say that the food was extraordinary and gets 5 stars, at the end of the meal an extremely frustrating event occured. Therefore, my rating is unfortunately reduced to 2 stars. After a fulfilling and pleasant meal, the waiter brought a bill which included the items we ordered (2 tasting menus, 1 mineral water, 1 bottle wine) along with extra items (embedded into our other items on the receipt) that we had not ordered (2 beef soups, 2 wine pairings, 2 teas, etc). How could this happen?? Was this by accident?? Can't assume so. Who would coincidentally choose the exact same items we ordered? I believe this was deliberately done by the waiter(s) who served us. After I pointed out the error, they came back with the correct receipt and they didn't even apologize. We first considered that they brought us the bill for a different table, but the new bill showed the same correct number of the table we were seated in. Did being non-French affect their treatment of us? In a wonderful restaurant like Bouley, I am regretful to say that the actions of the waiters were extremely disappointing and degrading.

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We came here for dinner with a reservation. As we opened the door, the smell of fresh fruit put us in a good mood. The mood was then somewhat spoiled by the long wait for our table. Once we sat down, however, everything was prefect. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We had the sea bass and the lamb. Both were prefect, if a bit on the small side. The deserts were delicious. Overall, I consider this one of the top restaurants in New York. It is also one of the few top restaurants to offer a la carte menus for dinner.

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★★★★★

We came here for dinner with a reservation. As we opened the door, the smell of fresh fruit put us in a good mood. The mood was then somewhat spoiled by the long wait for our table. Once we sat down, however, everything was prefect. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We had the sea bass and the lamb. Both were prefect, if a bit on the small side. The deserts were delicious. Overall, I consider this one of the top restaurants in New York. It is also one of the few top restaurants to offer a la carte menus for dinner.

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went to bouley for a special occasion - had a very enjoyable time. The dining room was lovely and the staff was very accommodating. The tasting menu was very good - and I appreciated them modifying it for my taste. The fish was incredible. Some things were a little bit over-buttered for my taste - the mashed potatoes, for example, were basically sticks of butter with some potato flavoring. The wine was good, although the wine list was very expensive and difficult to get a bottle *that was good* for under 100. No matter - the sommelier was great and gave good advice.
I really enjoyed Bouley but probably won't go back - I felt sick the next day from too much butter and heavy food - it was very luxurious but almost too much. Maybe ordering a la carte is a better idea.

2
★★★★☆

went to bouley for a special occasion - had a very enjoyable time. The dining room was lovely and the staff was very accommodating. The tasting menu was very good - and I appreciated them modifying it for my taste. The fish was incredible. Some things were a little bit over-buttered for my taste - the mashed potatoes, for example, were basically sticks of butter with some potato flavoring. The wine was good, although the wine list was very expensive and difficult to get a bottle *that was good* for under 100. No matter - the sommelier was great and gave good advice.
I really enjoyed Bouley but probably won't go back - I felt sick the next day from too much butter and heavy food - it was very luxurious but almost too much. Maybe ordering a la carte is a better idea.

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Wow! I was surprised to read some of the recent reviews when this has been my favorite (and birthday tradition) restaurant for 4 ys. in a row. I love Bouley! Once again, we did the 4 course tasting menu w/ the wine pairing (by far the best wine pairing from all the top notch restaurants). We even asked our waiter if we could add in a 5th course (foie gras) since it wasn't one of the options on the tasting menu. Though I will say that it wasn't full of flavor and slightly under-cooked (and trust me, I am a foie gras expert!). The service was excellent - we were definitely fussed over and they made sure we were pleased with everything. The amount of time between courses was perfect - some may say that 20 minutes before the main course is a bit of a wait - but I need it to digest the previous 3 courses! The deserts are delicous also. Sorry that some have had a bad experience here, but all 4 of mine have been great and I will be back there next year too!

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★★★★★

Wow! I was surprised to read some of the recent reviews when this has been my favorite (and birthday tradition) restaurant for 4 ys. in a row. I love Bouley! Once again, we did the 4 course tasting menu w/ the wine pairing (by far the best wine pairing from all the top notch restaurants). We even asked our waiter if we could add in a 5th course (foie gras) since it wasn't one of the options on the tasting menu. Though I will say that it wasn't full of flavor and slightly under-cooked (and trust me, I am a foie gras expert!). The service was excellent - we were definitely fussed over and they made sure we were pleased with everything. The amount of time between courses was perfect - some may say that 20 minutes before the main course is a bit of a wait - but I need it to digest the previous 3 courses! The deserts are delicous also. Sorry that some have had a bad experience here, but all 4 of mine have been great and I will be back there next year too!

Pros: Delicious food, lovely ambiance, great service

Cons: high tabs come with high quality food/wine

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Ambience - poor. There were so many suited waiters and managers running around they were literally bumping into one another and hovering . Also, right next to our table was what looked like an end table with a large plant on it. But they used it to store menus in a drawer so all evening they were opening and closing the drawer to retrieve and put away menus. And, they stored half empty bottles of water and wine on top. It was very busy, distracting, and unappealing to look at someone else's half empty bottles all evening.
Service - atrocious. We waited over 10 minutes for our drinks after ordering, and over 20 minutes between appetizers and entrees. We sat waiting close to 20 minutes after our dessert and coffee was finished, with our napkins on the table and the waiter standing watching us before I finally gave in and asked for our check. No one ever came to us and asked how our meal was and if everything was okay.
Food - decent, but nothing outstanding. The Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi appetizer was okay, but very little flavor. The shaved fennel that was supposed to be on it was invisible and contributed none of the desired flavor . We both had the seared halibut for an entree, which was good, but nothing I couldn't make at home. We each had adifferent chocolate dessert - the souffle, and the chocolate brioche. Both were nondescript - very little chocolate flavor. The little plate of cookies courtesy of the pastry chef was also nondescript and unappetizing.
And the bathrooms - broken handle on the faucet, and broken hinge on the toilet seat. For a restaurant of this alleged caliber (oh heck, ANY restaurant), this was unacceptable. When I mentioned it to the manager on the way out, he argued with me and told me it was fine.
Never again. Gotham Grill the previous night - OUTSTANDING!!!! Lots of other restaurants in NYC - go to one who cares, not Bouley riding on its now quite wilted and outdated laurels.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ambience - poor. There were so many suited waiters and managers running around they were literally bumping into one another and hovering . Also, right next to our table was what looked like an end table with a large plant on it. But they used it to store menus in a drawer so all evening they were opening and closing the drawer to retrieve and put away menus. And, they stored half empty bottles of water and wine on top. It was very busy, distracting, and unappealing to look at someone else's half empty bottles all evening.
Service - atrocious. We waited over 10 minutes for our drinks after ordering, and over 20 minutes between appetizers and entrees. We sat waiting close to 20 minutes after our dessert and coffee was finished, with our napkins on the table and the waiter standing watching us before I finally gave in and asked for our check. No one ever came to us and asked how our meal was and if everything was okay.
Food - decent, but nothing outstanding. The Blue Fin Tuna Sashimi appetizer was okay, but very little flavor. The shaved fennel that was supposed to be on it was invisible and contributed none of the desired flavor . We both had the seared halibut for an entree, which was good, but nothing I couldn't make at home. We each had adifferent chocolate dessert - the souffle, and the chocolate brioche. Both were nondescript - very little chocolate flavor. The little plate of cookies courtesy of the pastry chef was also nondescript and unappetizing.
And the bathrooms - broken handle on the faucet, and broken hinge on the toilet seat. For a restaurant of this alleged caliber (oh heck, ANY restaurant), this was unacceptable. When I mentioned it to the manager on the way out, he argued with me and told me it was fine.
Never again. Gotham Grill the previous night - OUTSTANDING!!!! Lots of other restaurants in NYC - go to one who cares, not Bouley riding on its now quite wilted and outdated laurels.

Pros: Good espresso

Cons: Service, ambience, prices

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i had a pleasant enough evening. however, later that night i was stricken with violent food "illness". i had to go the hospital where it was determined that the food "illness" that led me to the waste bin many times was caused by the mushroom salad i had eaten at bouley the night before. i know for a fact this is the case because prior to my meal at bouley, I had not eaten all day. so, I rang the restaurant as a courtesy to let the manager know I had fallen ill from the mushroom salad. I am surprised that I have yet to hear back from the manager or anybody else at the restaurant. this is my third day in bed and will not be running back to bouley. there are many great establishments in the city and not one is worth the ego, illness, or sense of entitlement one feels at the hands of bouley. there is no excuse for rudeness.....or food "illness."

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★☆☆☆☆

i had a pleasant enough evening. however, later that night i was stricken with violent food "illness". i had to go the hospital where it was determined that the food "illness" that led me to the waste bin many times was caused by the mushroom salad i had eaten at bouley the night before. i know for a fact this is the case because prior to my meal at bouley, I had not eaten all day. so, I rang the restaurant as a courtesy to let the manager know I had fallen ill from the mushroom salad. I am surprised that I have yet to hear back from the manager or anybody else at the restaurant. this is my third day in bed and will not be running back to bouley. there are many great establishments in the city and not one is worth the ego, illness, or sense of entitlement one feels at the hands of bouley. there is no excuse for rudeness.....or food "illness."

Pros: i'm not dead

Cons: i have felt close to dead since eating there

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I love French. But this was over-the-top to the point of tragic fall. (Be ready for digestive issues - e.g., mashed potatoes puree = stick of salty butter with potato flecks added.) One appetizer was very good. Nothing was excellent. Atmosphere was very charming. Service was very good, not excellent. Ok. So why am I not recommending it? Because for the price you can do infinitely better in NYC. The real insult was the wine list. A two star restaurant with a mediocre wine list is an absurd combination. The wines that are good are grossly overpriced. Sommelier steered us to a 2001 Barolo ($280 - before tax and tip) that was only a 91 point wine at best. I saw the same wine at an Italian restaurant two nights later for $160. I love great wine with my dinner and Bouley does not allow you to bring your own bottle for even a $100 corkage fee (which I would have gladly paid). If you want outstanding French food, with excellent service, in a lovely setting (the wine room is recommended) where you also have your choice of a better wine list or you to can bring your own excellent wines (no limit) for only a $50/bottle corkage fee? Try Picholine, which I did the next night, and it was night and day experience. I will never put my wallet nor my palate inside Bouley again.

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★★☆☆☆

I love French. But this was over-the-top to the point of tragic fall. (Be ready for digestive issues - e.g., mashed potatoes puree = stick of salty butter with potato flecks added.) One appetizer was very good. Nothing was excellent. Atmosphere was very charming. Service was very good, not excellent. Ok. So why am I not recommending it? Because for the price you can do infinitely better in NYC. The real insult was the wine list. A two star restaurant with a mediocre wine list is an absurd combination. The wines that are good are grossly overpriced. Sommelier steered us to a 2001 Barolo ($280 - before tax and tip) that was only a 91 point wine at best. I saw the same wine at an Italian restaurant two nights later for $160. I love great wine with my dinner and Bouley does not allow you to bring your own bottle for even a $100 corkage fee (which I would have gladly paid). If you want outstanding French food, with excellent service, in a lovely setting (the wine room is recommended) where you also have your choice of a better wine list or you to can bring your own excellent wines (no limit) for only a $50/bottle corkage fee? Try Picholine, which I did the next night, and it was night and day experience. I will never put my wallet nor my palate inside Bouley again.

Pros: Ambience - Red Room

Cons: Butter, Butter, Salt, Butter Salt (there is food somewhere) - Wine list & no corkage policy

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We had our office holiday dinner here, back in December. The experience was wonderful...there were 6 of us, all of whom took advantage of the tasting menu. 3 of us also added the wine pairing. The food was fantastic - each course better than the next. The service was excellent. All in all it was a great night.

2
★★★★★

We had our office holiday dinner here, back in December. The experience was wonderful...there were 6 of us, all of whom took advantage of the tasting menu. 3 of us also added the wine pairing. The food was fantastic - each course better than the next. The service was excellent. All in all it was a great night.

Pros: Food, Wine, Ambience, Service

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If you have a day off, take advantage of the prix fixe lunch - a bargain for the level of service and food you will receive. The service was perfectly paced, not too fast yet not too slow. The decor is a little over the top, but nevertheless beautiful. Friendly and attentive staff. Definitely will return again.

2
★★★★☆

If you have a day off, take advantage of the prix fixe lunch - a bargain for the level of service and food you will receive. The service was perfectly paced, not too fast yet not too slow. The decor is a little over the top, but nevertheless beautiful. Friendly and attentive staff. Definitely will return again.

Pros: Good value, excellent wait staff

Cons: A little stuffy

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In this day and age of Greenmarket / Haute / BBQ / Tapas restaurant models, the city's New French cuisine venues have somehow gotten lost in the fog. Refresh your memory by experiencing what is arguably the best lunch deal in the city today. I had a 2pm reservation at Bouley and spent the next hour and a half in sheer awe of the culinary artistry of David Bouley's kitchen and Viennese Pastry Chef Alex Grunert's unprecedented creations. I had absolutely no criticism of any dish I devoured. What I ordered was not only perfectly executed and promptly served; the restaurant also showered me with free extra courses and sides to my delight. This is what the $38 lunch (minus wine, tax, and tip) at Bouley provided me on this day.

Chef?s Canape of Jellied Beets and Garlic Creme Fraiche/

Phyllo Crusted Florida Shrimp, Baby Squid, Cape Cod Sea Scallop
and Sweet Maryland Crabmeat in an Ocean Herbal Broth/

Complimentary Extra Course: Tender Maine Baby Skate with Pineapples and Capers, Brown Butter and
Balsamic Reduction/

Pennsylvania All Natural Chicken with a Chicken Confit filled Ravioli,
Yellowfoot Chanterelles and Chicken Hazelnut Sauce with
complimentary side of Fingerling Potato Puree/

Palate cleanser of Texas Pink Grapefruit Soup
infused with Green Cardomon, Star Anise, and Tahitian Vanilla
with Campari Sugar and Fromage Blanc Sorbet/

Hot Valrhona Chocolate Souffle
Vermont Maple Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Chocolate Sorbet with a complimentary
extra dessert of White Chocolate Flan topped with Citrus Granite/

Choice of breads:
? Garlic
? Apple Raisin
? Raisin Anise
? Cheese
? Poppy Seed
? Sesame
? Olive
? Pepper
? Pistachio Hazelnut
? Multigrain
? Whole Wheat
? Spelt
? Brioche (weekends only)
? Challah (Friday only)
? Saffron Walnut/

Oh yes. Did I mention that on my way out of the restaurant, they gave me a gift bag which included a gourmet pound cake from Bouley Bakery and their quarterly BOULEY MAGAZINE?

2
★★★★★

In this day and age of Greenmarket / Haute / BBQ / Tapas restaurant models, the city's New French cuisine venues have somehow gotten lost in the fog. Refresh your memory by experiencing what is arguably the best lunch deal in the city today. I had a 2pm reservation at Bouley and spent the next hour and a half in sheer awe of the culinary artistry of David Bouley's kitchen and Viennese Pastry Chef Alex Grunert's unprecedented creations. I had absolutely no criticism of any dish I devoured. What I ordered was not only perfectly executed and promptly served; the restaurant also showered me with free extra courses and sides to my delight. This is what the $38 lunch (minus wine, tax, and tip) at Bouley provided me on this day.

Chef?s Canape of Jellied Beets and Garlic Creme Fraiche/

Phyllo Crusted Florida Shrimp, Baby Squid, Cape Cod Sea Scallop
and Sweet Maryland Crabmeat in an Ocean Herbal Broth/

Complimentary Extra Course: Tender Maine Baby Skate with Pineapples and Capers, Brown Butter and
Balsamic Reduction/

Pennsylvania All Natural Chicken with a Chicken Confit filled Ravioli,
Yellowfoot Chanterelles and Chicken Hazelnut Sauce with
complimentary side of Fingerling Potato Puree/

Palate cleanser of Texas Pink Grapefruit Soup
infused with Green Cardomon, Star Anise, and Tahitian Vanilla
with Campari Sugar and Fromage Blanc Sorbet/

Hot Valrhona Chocolate Souffle
Vermont Maple Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Chocolate Sorbet with a complimentary
extra dessert of White Chocolate Flan topped with Citrus Granite/

Choice of breads:
? Garlic
? Apple Raisin
? Raisin Anise
? Cheese
? Poppy Seed
? Sesame
? Olive
? Pepper
? Pistachio Hazelnut
? Multigrain
? Whole Wheat
? Spelt
? Brioche (weekends only)
? Challah (Friday only)
? Saffron Walnut/

Oh yes. Did I mention that on my way out of the restaurant, they gave me a gift bag which included a gourmet pound cake from Bouley Bakery and their quarterly BOULEY MAGAZINE?

Pros: perfectly executed dishes, stellar service, complimentary courses, romantic decor.

Cons: tough reservation on weekends.

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I count late November dinner at Bouley among the top 5 meals I've ever enjoyed. I took my husband there for his 29th birthday. We were promptly seated in the smaller "white" dining room. I was a bit disappointed at this because I'd reserved over a month in advance and expected to be seated in the iconic red main dining room, but that was the last disappointment of the night. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. Every course was a masterpiece. I started with phyllo crusted shrimp, and moved on to a fabulous lobster dish with mango (decadent, exotic), lamb, and a fabulous chocolate souffle. My hubby loved his Nebraska strip loin! I have to say it was worth every penny. And that's saying a lot, considering this meal was over $500 including tip. Next time, I'll just make sure to ask about the main dining room. One more thing: there were quite a few business types there, and the people were much older than us on average, but one bite of the food make our company irrelevant.

2
★★★★★

I count late November dinner at Bouley among the top 5 meals I've ever enjoyed. I took my husband there for his 29th birthday. We were promptly seated in the smaller "white" dining room. I was a bit disappointed at this because I'd reserved over a month in advance and expected to be seated in the iconic red main dining room, but that was the last disappointment of the night. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. Every course was a masterpiece. I started with phyllo crusted shrimp, and moved on to a fabulous lobster dish with mango (decadent, exotic), lamb, and a fabulous chocolate souffle. My hubby loved his Nebraska strip loin! I have to say it was worth every penny. And that's saying a lot, considering this meal was over $500 including tip. Next time, I'll just make sure to ask about the main dining room. One more thing: there were quite a few business types there, and the people were much older than us on average, but one bite of the food make our company irrelevant.

Pros: FOOD

Cons: Make sure you ask for the main dining room!; business types in the smaller dining room

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Had a wonderful experience here. The service was perfect. Not overbearing or intrusive, but attentive. When I go out for a nice meal, I want to have everything appear when I need it, but don't want to have to chat with an overfriendly waitstaff. I prefer to focus on my companion. Bouley managed that flawless European service where things you need seem to appear in front of you before you need them. The food was also lovely. Suprisingly, the only item that disapointed was the "Return from Chaing Mai" lobster terrine. It seemed to be a specialty (appearing on the menu more than once) so I ordered it. There were so many competing flavors. And, most of the flavors totally overwhelmed the flavor of the lobster - making it taste bland and gel-like. Otherwise, everything else was delicious. We did the wine pairing, which turned out to be a good plan for two because we were able to have the perfect wine for each dish, versus ordering a bottle and trying to match multiple dishes. Note that the dining room is very intimate and you do see all other guests. I wouldn't recommend it for that romantic trist you are trying to keep a secret because you will be seen!

2
★★★★★

Had a wonderful experience here. The service was perfect. Not overbearing or intrusive, but attentive. When I go out for a nice meal, I want to have everything appear when I need it, but don't want to have to chat with an overfriendly waitstaff. I prefer to focus on my companion. Bouley managed that flawless European service where things you need seem to appear in front of you before you need them. The food was also lovely. Suprisingly, the only item that disapointed was the "Return from Chaing Mai" lobster terrine. It seemed to be a specialty (appearing on the menu more than once) so I ordered it. There were so many competing flavors. And, most of the flavors totally overwhelmed the flavor of the lobster - making it taste bland and gel-like. Otherwise, everything else was delicious. We did the wine pairing, which turned out to be a good plan for two because we were able to have the perfect wine for each dish, versus ordering a bottle and trying to match multiple dishes. Note that the dining room is very intimate and you do see all other guests. I wouldn't recommend it for that romantic trist you are trying to keep a secret because you will be seen!

Pros: Impecable service, sophisticated flavors

Cons: disappointing terrine

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We all know the old expression about first impressions. The delightful entry way with fresh apple lined walls is the most brilliant way to start an evening. That made it particularly startling when we received a sour greeting by the staff inside. When I walk into a restaurant, smiling, and say "hello" I'd like someone to smile and say hello to me, or "welcome", or "thanks for coming". I'd like to feel welcome. A blank expression and "what's the name on your reservation" were all I got. And no, I wasn't in a position to voice my feelings. I was with a business acqaintance who was introducing me to his partner.
The warmth and beauty of the rooms in this restaurant are the best I've ever seen. The menu is spectacular. The fois gras was undercooked but with a perfect sauce. The lamb was the work of genius! Perfect desserts, chocolates, coffees,
It's a shame about the staff. Whereas I would recommend Bouley, I would never go back there myself.
As we left I said "thank you" .......silence. Then as I walked through the door I thought I'd give it one last try. "Have a good night"..........no response.
I really don't understand. We were very nicely dressed, very pleasant, and tipped vigorously. I noticed some other people leaving that were attended to very nicely and given a cute little package to take home (which I've read about in other reviews and seems to be an adorable idea). I've read a lot of great reviews for this restaurant and it's a great restaurant in many ways. I can only tell you my experience here and how it left me feeling.

1
★★★☆☆

We all know the old expression about first impressions. The delightful entry way with fresh apple lined walls is the most brilliant way to start an evening. That made it particularly startling when we received a sour greeting by the staff inside. When I walk into a restaurant, smiling, and say "hello" I'd like someone to smile and say hello to me, or "welcome", or "thanks for coming". I'd like to feel welcome. A blank expression and "what's the name on your reservation" were all I got. And no, I wasn't in a position to voice my feelings. I was with a business acqaintance who was introducing me to his partner.
The warmth and beauty of the rooms in this restaurant are the best I've ever seen. The menu is spectacular. The fois gras was undercooked but with a perfect sauce. The lamb was the work of genius! Perfect desserts, chocolates, coffees,
It's a shame about the staff. Whereas I would recommend Bouley, I would never go back there myself.
As we left I said "thank you" .......silence. Then as I walked through the door I thought I'd give it one last try. "Have a good night"..........no response.
I really don't understand. We were very nicely dressed, very pleasant, and tipped vigorously. I noticed some other people leaving that were attended to very nicely and given a cute little package to take home (which I've read about in other reviews and seems to be an adorable idea). I've read a lot of great reviews for this restaurant and it's a great restaurant in many ways. I can only tell you my experience here and how it left me feeling.

Pros: the warm decor, the inventive menu, crisp service

Cons: cold, ungracious front door staff

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By far one of my best dining experiences ever! Bouley was not only pleasant to look at, but the food was amazing. Fresh breads wheeled right up to your table, 7 or 8 different kinds, great choice of wines, the appetizers were light and decadent, followed by main courses to make your heart melt. My father and i went together, and tried as much as we could on the menu. Nothing was a disappointment, everything was delightful. Now if i had been paying i probably wouldn't have had so much, but since daddy picked up the tab we went all out. A must try! David Bouley is truly an amazing chef!

2
★★★★★

By far one of my best dining experiences ever! Bouley was not only pleasant to look at, but the food was amazing. Fresh breads wheeled right up to your table, 7 or 8 different kinds, great choice of wines, the appetizers were light and decadent, followed by main courses to make your heart melt. My father and i went together, and tried as much as we could on the menu. Nothing was a disappointment, everything was delightful. Now if i had been paying i probably wouldn't have had so much, but since daddy picked up the tab we went all out. A must try! David Bouley is truly an amazing chef!

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Took my boyfriend here a few hours ago, and I am speechless. The decor is heavenly, very romantic, relaxing and not stuffy at all, and I was expecting it. The scent of the apples at the entrance is breath taking. Moving on, when making reservations,(2 days ago), I mentioned that this will be his birthday dinner, didn't think anyone would pay much mind to it. When we arrived (20 min early) we were seated immediately. We had 2 main waiters and 3 other men. We decided to stick with the tasting menu ($95pp), the server was very helpful when we were deciding whether or not to go with the wine pairing, although it was significantly more expensive, he was not by any means pressuring and we decided against it.

The 1st "course" came and it was simple, but heavenly (I have ate in many 4 star restaurants, none so memorable: ex, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges), 2nd "course," both mine and my boyfriend's were delicious (he had a tuna dish; I had a phyllo crusted scallops...mmmm). Anyway, the Fois Grass wrapped in cabbage was outstanding. Skipping through, the dessert came and I was a little disappointed when there was no candle in his chocolate souffle (which was outstanding, paired with 3 scoops of coffee, vanilla beans, and dark choc ice cream), moments later a creme brulee (on the house) arrived with a "Happy Birthday" plate with a candle. The brulee was outstanding, creamy & perfect! Another few moments later we were served (also on the house) strawberries layered with foam, compliments from the pastry chef (very light & refreshing, finished my meal with it). When leaving, were given a cake from their bakery for his Birthday.
The food, service, and everything was absolutely outstanding. The food was very memorable and worth every $. We will definitely be back. And another plus: very few out of town, umm..."experts" all true NYorkers with sophisticated palates and not expecting their food to speak to them for their $$ Too many +'s to list, def. needs to be tried.

2
★★★★★

Took my boyfriend here a few hours ago, and I am speechless. The decor is heavenly, very romantic, relaxing and not stuffy at all, and I was expecting it. The scent of the apples at the entrance is breath taking. Moving on, when making reservations,(2 days ago), I mentioned that this will be his birthday dinner, didn't think anyone would pay much mind to it. When we arrived (20 min early) we were seated immediately. We had 2 main waiters and 3 other men. We decided to stick with the tasting menu ($95pp), the server was very helpful when we were deciding whether or not to go with the wine pairing, although it was significantly more expensive, he was not by any means pressuring and we decided against it.

The 1st "course" came and it was simple, but heavenly (I have ate in many 4 star restaurants, none so memorable: ex, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges), 2nd "course," both mine and my boyfriend's were delicious (he had a tuna dish; I had a phyllo crusted scallops...mmmm). Anyway, the Fois Grass wrapped in cabbage was outstanding. Skipping through, the dessert came and I was a little disappointed when there was no candle in his chocolate souffle (which was outstanding, paired with 3 scoops of coffee, vanilla beans, and dark choc ice cream), moments later a creme brulee (on the house) arrived with a "Happy Birthday" plate with a candle. The brulee was outstanding, creamy & perfect! Another few moments later we were served (also on the house) strawberries layered with foam, compliments from the pastry chef (very light & refreshing, finished my meal with it). When leaving, were given a cake from their bakery for his Birthday.
The food, service, and everything was absolutely outstanding. The food was very memorable and worth every $. We will definitely be back. And another plus: very few out of town, umm..."experts" all true NYorkers with sophisticated palates and not expecting their food to speak to them for their $$ Too many +'s to list, def. needs to be tried.

Pros: Food, ambience, service.

Cons: None at our time of visit.

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I went to Bouley last night with my wife and we each had the tasting menu. We were quite let down by the whole experience at Bouley. In addition to being expensive ($95 per person), the experience was just ordinary and I've had much better dinners elsewhere in NY . The tasting menu was 5 courses, two of which were desserts and the choices for the other courses were heavy on the fish. There is no steak on the tasting menu for the $95 price but you can upgrade for an extra $45 to get 2 pieces of strip steak as one of the courses ($140 total price). At this price for just food you are expecting an amazing experience, but we were sorely let down. The food was generally good (not great) but the portions are very small except for the steak which was a good sized portion for a tasting menu. If it weren't for the bread and the fact that I ate one piece of my wife's steak, I would have been starving at the end of this meal. I've read about bad service at Bouley, but we didn't experience anything like that and I thought the service was quite good. We asked the somelier to recommend a bottle of red to go with the tasting menu instead of wine pairing and his recommendation was very good. This was probably the best part of the meal. Overall, we paid close to $500 for a meal that was just ok and I would recommend going elsewhere to have a good fine dining experience.

1
★★★☆☆

I went to Bouley last night with my wife and we each had the tasting menu. We were quite let down by the whole experience at Bouley. In addition to being expensive ($95 per person), the experience was just ordinary and I've had much better dinners elsewhere in NY . The tasting menu was 5 courses, two of which were desserts and the choices for the other courses were heavy on the fish. There is no steak on the tasting menu for the $95 price but you can upgrade for an extra $45 to get 2 pieces of strip steak as one of the courses ($140 total price). At this price for just food you are expecting an amazing experience, but we were sorely let down. The food was generally good (not great) but the portions are very small except for the steak which was a good sized portion for a tasting menu. If it weren't for the bread and the fact that I ate one piece of my wife's steak, I would have been starving at the end of this meal. I've read about bad service at Bouley, but we didn't experience anything like that and I thought the service was quite good. We asked the somelier to recommend a bottle of red to go with the tasting menu instead of wine pairing and his recommendation was very good. This was probably the best part of the meal. Overall, we paid close to $500 for a meal that was just ok and I would recommend going elsewhere to have a good fine dining experience.

Pros: Good Ambience

Cons: Bad Value; Small Portions

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My husband and I came here for our one year anniversary dinner. It was disappointing from the moment we walked in. When we were escorted to the table, I observed an insect (pretty large) crawling from underneath one of the dinner plates on the table. The hostess, who seemed young and inexperienced, tried to cover it up. We moved tables but nothing else was said about it. I expected someone to come over and apologize since we were about to pay for an expensive meal at what has been labeled one of the finest restaurants in the city. No one said a word. Obviously this initial impression lasted throughout dinner but besides that, The food was not great at all. I had a mozerella and tomato appetizer which I could've ordered at any restaurant. My husband ordered a shrimp with pancetta appetizer and the flavors did not go together. My lobster was okay. All together, it cost a lot of money and it was very disappointing. We've been to some of the finest french restaurants all over the world and I'd never go back to Bouley.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I came here for our one year anniversary dinner. It was disappointing from the moment we walked in. When we were escorted to the table, I observed an insect (pretty large) crawling from underneath one of the dinner plates on the table. The hostess, who seemed young and inexperienced, tried to cover it up. We moved tables but nothing else was said about it. I expected someone to come over and apologize since we were about to pay for an expensive meal at what has been labeled one of the finest restaurants in the city. No one said a word. Obviously this initial impression lasted throughout dinner but besides that, The food was not great at all. I had a mozerella and tomato appetizer which I could've ordered at any restaurant. My husband ordered a shrimp with pancetta appetizer and the flavors did not go together. My lobster was okay. All together, it cost a lot of money and it was very disappointing. We've been to some of the finest french restaurants all over the world and I'd never go back to Bouley.

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This was our first experience with Manhattan restaurants. As Europeans, just returning from a trip to Lyon, France, we expected more than we got.
Service was fine, although we asked for a pause after the entree so we could finish our wine before dessert and coffee, and this was just neglected.
I think the food was too fusion. I had a panache of 3 different things, one was a shrimp with a coquille, and the other foie gras. That just did not taste well together. My entree was veal. That was fine, but not mind blowing.
If this is the standard for top Manhattan restaurants, I'm happy I'm only here temporarily...

0
★☆☆☆☆

This was our first experience with Manhattan restaurants. As Europeans, just returning from a trip to Lyon, France, we expected more than we got.
Service was fine, although we asked for a pause after the entree so we could finish our wine before dessert and coffee, and this was just neglected.
I think the food was too fusion. I had a panache of 3 different things, one was a shrimp with a coquille, and the other foie gras. That just did not taste well together. My entree was veal. That was fine, but not mind blowing.
If this is the standard for top Manhattan restaurants, I'm happy I'm only here temporarily...

Pros: Extensive selection of wines

Cons: Loudness, little value for money

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I must admit the food there is quite good, and I had a very memorable lunch experience there a couple of months ago, and was REALLY looking forward to my tasting menu dinner there. The service by my waiter however so marred my experience that I don't feel like I ever want to go back there again. There was a misunderstanding with the menu and my order was not what I expected, which led to the waiter being very frustrated, which was fine, everyone is entitled to feel frustrated - but to express his frustration by SLAMMING THE PLATE DOWN ON MY TABLE is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE for a fine restaurant with the reputation of Bouley, OR any other semi-respectable restaurant for that matter. When I came to citysearch to write my review, and saw the other reviews of sub-par service by several other reviewers, I am now a little bit less surprised by this behavior. Apparently there is insufficient quality control of the manners of the waiters - to think another reviewer had a waiter mutter unpleasantries with a scowl in front of the customer is quite unthinkable too, and right down there on the manners scale with slamming food down in front of a customer's face.

1
★★☆☆☆

I must admit the food there is quite good, and I had a very memorable lunch experience there a couple of months ago, and was REALLY looking forward to my tasting menu dinner there. The service by my waiter however so marred my experience that I don't feel like I ever want to go back there again. There was a misunderstanding with the menu and my order was not what I expected, which led to the waiter being very frustrated, which was fine, everyone is entitled to feel frustrated - but to express his frustration by SLAMMING THE PLATE DOWN ON MY TABLE is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE for a fine restaurant with the reputation of Bouley, OR any other semi-respectable restaurant for that matter. When I came to citysearch to write my review, and saw the other reviews of sub-par service by several other reviewers, I am now a little bit less surprised by this behavior. Apparently there is insufficient quality control of the manners of the waiters - to think another reviewer had a waiter mutter unpleasantries with a scowl in front of the customer is quite unthinkable too, and right down there on the manners scale with slamming food down in front of a customer's face.

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My husband and I love good food, especially French, so he took me to the restaurant for my birthday.
We were both soooo disappointed. We ordered the tasting menu, the appetizer was too salty and the main course had no taste ( we had to use salt & pepper)! The bread was left uncovered and tasted stale.
The waiters were hovering beside our table so we were very uncomfortable and had no privacy to set a romantic mood.
We were also very disappointed that some people were in jeans and sneakers, took away from the night .
I cannot believe that they accept jeans and sneakers.
( we were both very dressed up as their site states that attire is formal)
We were very upset about the restaurant. It cost $380 ( with tip) and it wasn't worth it!
We will never go back and never recommend the restaurant at all!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I love good food, especially French, so he took me to the restaurant for my birthday.
We were both soooo disappointed. We ordered the tasting menu, the appetizer was too salty and the main course had no taste ( we had to use salt & pepper)! The bread was left uncovered and tasted stale.
The waiters were hovering beside our table so we were very uncomfortable and had no privacy to set a romantic mood.
We were also very disappointed that some people were in jeans and sneakers, took away from the night .
I cannot believe that they accept jeans and sneakers.
( we were both very dressed up as their site states that attire is formal)
We were very upset about the restaurant. It cost $380 ( with tip) and it wasn't worth it!
We will never go back and never recommend the restaurant at all!

Pros: nothing

Cons: bad food

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My wife and I enjoy trying tasting menus at various higher-end restaurants; some recent choices have been Eleven Madison Park (EMP) and Gilt, so this review is in comparisons to EMP, one of our best dining experiences. Overall, Bouley was excellent, but not quite EMP.

The quality of the space and interior was exceptional. In the foyer, we were greeted by the scent of real apples that lined the hallway, leading up to a curved, nicely detailed door. The interior space was plush, somewhat dark, and very sedate.

The service was attentive, but the senior staff was somewhat distant.

We are not oenophiles, but the wine we chose (Chardonnay, by the glass) was very nice. All the courses on the tasting menu were excellent, but heavily oriented toward meat and fish. We both started with a medley of seafood, the second course a rouget (fish), and the third squab (wife) and lamb (myself). The pinnacle was the desert which was preceded by a confection of rhubarb, and the deserts were either a souffle (wife) or a strawberry shortcake (myself). None of the servings were in any way deficient, and in fact, all of the food was excellent.

The entire meal, the tasting menu for my wife and self, as well as two glasses of wine each, cost $275, excluding tip.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I enjoy trying tasting menus at various higher-end restaurants; some recent choices have been Eleven Madison Park (EMP) and Gilt, so this review is in comparisons to EMP, one of our best dining experiences. Overall, Bouley was excellent, but not quite EMP.

The quality of the space and interior was exceptional. In the foyer, we were greeted by the scent of real apples that lined the hallway, leading up to a curved, nicely detailed door. The interior space was plush, somewhat dark, and very sedate.

The service was attentive, but the senior staff was somewhat distant.

We are not oenophiles, but the wine we chose (Chardonnay, by the glass) was very nice. All the courses on the tasting menu were excellent, but heavily oriented toward meat and fish. We both started with a medley of seafood, the second course a rouget (fish), and the third squab (wife) and lamb (myself). The pinnacle was the desert which was preceded by a confection of rhubarb, and the deserts were either a souffle (wife) or a strawberry shortcake (myself). None of the servings were in any way deficient, and in fact, all of the food was excellent.

The entire meal, the tasting menu for my wife and self, as well as two glasses of wine each, cost $275, excluding tip.

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I am trying to figure out why my experience was so positive considering some of the complaints by other reviewers.
Two things: there were not a lot of people there at 5PM on a weekday so we got great attention and we are teetotalers and much of the complaining has to do with the wine selection and service. I am not naive and found things to criticize about
Jean Georges and Masa but I found the food, service and decor to be expemplary.
I was wowed on entering the crimson room by the plush, comfortable and beautiful settings and the elegant floral arrangements. I was getting tired of tasting menus that week so had an appetizer, entree and dessert. There are many fish selections, but I proceeded with the duck breast which was the best I've ever had. Food is superb. So is the service. No one had an attitude. I figured that the head waiter used French phrases because it is a French restaurant and he speaks French. I simply responded in French. Many different severs approached us and all were respectful and knew exactly what we were to get and how to serve it. The desserts were great without needing to be bizarre. The chocolates
were above average even for a top chocolatier. The price was high but worth it. I paid much more at Jean Georges which was a fine experience but not like this. I do notice that when you don't drink wine, you get a lot less attention at most restaurants but there is less to dislike!
I truly felt special in the staff's hands.
Hint: Taking a cab to Bouley from the Upper East Side at 4:30PM took forever and cost over $30. Taking the subway back cost $4 for two and was faster.

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★★★★★

I am trying to figure out why my experience was so positive considering some of the complaints by other reviewers.
Two things: there were not a lot of people there at 5PM on a weekday so we got great attention and we are teetotalers and much of the complaining has to do with the wine selection and service. I am not naive and found things to criticize about
Jean Georges and Masa but I found the food, service and decor to be expemplary.
I was wowed on entering the crimson room by the plush, comfortable and beautiful settings and the elegant floral arrangements. I was getting tired of tasting menus that week so had an appetizer, entree and dessert. There are many fish selections, but I proceeded with the duck breast which was the best I've ever had. Food is superb. So is the service. No one had an attitude. I figured that the head waiter used French phrases because it is a French restaurant and he speaks French. I simply responded in French. Many different severs approached us and all were respectful and knew exactly what we were to get and how to serve it. The desserts were great without needing to be bizarre. The chocolates
were above average even for a top chocolatier. The price was high but worth it. I paid much more at Jean Georges which was a fine experience but not like this. I do notice that when you don't drink wine, you get a lot less attention at most restaurants but there is less to dislike!
I truly felt special in the staff's hands.
Hint: Taking a cab to Bouley from the Upper East Side at 4:30PM took forever and cost over $30. Taking the subway back cost $4 for two and was faster.

Pros: Food, service, decor

Cons: None

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I took my boyfriend out to dinner at Bouley... I was underwhelmed...We got the pri fixe dinner, which might have been a mistake. The best part of the meal what when the bread cart went around. I think that there are more places that have a better atmosphere and quality food than this restuarant....but to each his own.

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★★★☆☆

I took my boyfriend out to dinner at Bouley... I was underwhelmed...We got the pri fixe dinner, which might have been a mistake. The best part of the meal what when the bread cart went around. I think that there are more places that have a better atmosphere and quality food than this restuarant....but to each his own.

Pros: Romantic

Cons: It was loud. They had large groups of people that were talking so loud. I could hear their conversations in detail.

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I was in the neighborhood tonight (a Tuesday) and wanted a quiet place to read my New Yorker. I dropped in at 10pm without reservations. They seemed happy to see me and sat me at a cozy table in a corner. From start to finish, the experience was engrossing but relaxing at the same time. 4 or 5 very friendly servers appeared throughout the evening at just the right time with perfectly prepared dishes (favorites were the philo encrusted shrimp, baby pig entree, and "frivolous" chocolate cake) and cleared and reset the table with elegance and a smile. I asked for advice on my dishes and got solid recommendations (that were right on). Most memorable perhaps were the little extras: an amuse-bouche of cold beet flavored sorbet, an extra appetizer (steamed egg with truffle oil and serrano ham) "compliments of the chef", a little shot of vanilla something (yummy), and then a plate of cookies ("in case you're not yet completely full"). At the door, the coat check girl handed me a sizable lemon cake to take home as a "good-bye present." Really a wonderful experience. (I was splurging, and so ordered a glass of $29 Bordeaux - with that, the total for an appetizer, entree, and desert was $114 -- not cheap, but worth it.) Not sure if they bestow this kind of attention on busy nights, but rainy Tuesdays at least are perfect!

2
★★★★★

I was in the neighborhood tonight (a Tuesday) and wanted a quiet place to read my New Yorker. I dropped in at 10pm without reservations. They seemed happy to see me and sat me at a cozy table in a corner. From start to finish, the experience was engrossing but relaxing at the same time. 4 or 5 very friendly servers appeared throughout the evening at just the right time with perfectly prepared dishes (favorites were the philo encrusted shrimp, baby pig entree, and "frivolous" chocolate cake) and cleared and reset the table with elegance and a smile. I asked for advice on my dishes and got solid recommendations (that were right on). Most memorable perhaps were the little extras: an amuse-bouche of cold beet flavored sorbet, an extra appetizer (steamed egg with truffle oil and serrano ham) "compliments of the chef", a little shot of vanilla something (yummy), and then a plate of cookies ("in case you're not yet completely full"). At the door, the coat check girl handed me a sizable lemon cake to take home as a "good-bye present." Really a wonderful experience. (I was splurging, and so ordered a glass of $29 Bordeaux - with that, the total for an appetizer, entree, and desert was $114 -- not cheap, but worth it.) Not sure if they bestow this kind of attention on busy nights, but rainy Tuesdays at least are perfect!

Pros: Delicious food, elegant service, warm surroundings

Cons: Not cheap, but worth the luxury

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Pricey, but worth every penny! This restaurant is out of this world good - I can't wait to go back!

1
★★★☆☆

Pricey, but worth every penny! This restaurant is out of this world good - I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Food

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I agree with other reviews that at these prices, one should justifyably expect an other-worldly experience. Our dining party of 8 was there to celebrate a special birthday. Thank goodness for the warm, elegant (but not too stuffy) ambiance. The head waiter, in an appartent effort to shirk the "pretentious" label, acted like more of a cool-guy buddy than a professional server at an upscale restaurant. We found fault with the uncoordinated service as well. My husband had to call the head waiter over to point out that a server had poured a different, less expensive bottle of red wine (that BELONGED TO ANOTHER TABLE!) into a glass already half full with a much more expensive wine. Apologies abounded but instead of opening a new bottle to replace the faulty glass, the remainder of our current bottle (the fourth bottle we had ordered) was poured into a clean glass. They also failed to offer me wine before removing the clean glass in front of me. To our knowledge, nothing was done to replace the other table's glass of wine mistakenly poured from their bottle. Do they play these games in hopes that their happy, buzzed, moneyed diners will not notice?? They brought out a few extra desserts and a bottle of (delicious) Hungarian dessert wine to account for the wine mishap. Nice gesture but at the end of a long ho-hum meal (food-wise) with wonderful wine, the last thing we wanted was more desserts than we ordered and more alcohol. We took this all in stride and with good humor at the time, however it should not be overlooked as part of the overall experience. The most disappointing aspect of the evening was the halibut. It was bland and unremarkable. I've had much better at much less-acclaimed restaurants. Good thing the grilled eggplant terrine appetizer was delicious and satisfying. And they kept piling the bread onto our plates as if to not-so-subtly make up for the fact that their portions are small and unsatisfying. Pretty place but unremarkable service and food.

2
★★★★☆

I agree with other reviews that at these prices, one should justifyably expect an other-worldly experience. Our dining party of 8 was there to celebrate a special birthday. Thank goodness for the warm, elegant (but not too stuffy) ambiance. The head waiter, in an appartent effort to shirk the "pretentious" label, acted like more of a cool-guy buddy than a professional server at an upscale restaurant. We found fault with the uncoordinated service as well. My husband had to call the head waiter over to point out that a server had poured a different, less expensive bottle of red wine (that BELONGED TO ANOTHER TABLE!) into a glass already half full with a much more expensive wine. Apologies abounded but instead of opening a new bottle to replace the faulty glass, the remainder of our current bottle (the fourth bottle we had ordered) was poured into a clean glass. They also failed to offer me wine before removing the clean glass in front of me. To our knowledge, nothing was done to replace the other table's glass of wine mistakenly poured from their bottle. Do they play these games in hopes that their happy, buzzed, moneyed diners will not notice?? They brought out a few extra desserts and a bottle of (delicious) Hungarian dessert wine to account for the wine mishap. Nice gesture but at the end of a long ho-hum meal (food-wise) with wonderful wine, the last thing we wanted was more desserts than we ordered and more alcohol. We took this all in stride and with good humor at the time, however it should not be overlooked as part of the overall experience. The most disappointing aspect of the evening was the halibut. It was bland and unremarkable. I've had much better at much less-acclaimed restaurants. Good thing the grilled eggplant terrine appetizer was delicious and satisfying. And they kept piling the bread onto our plates as if to not-so-subtly make up for the fact that their portions are small and unsatisfying. Pretty place but unremarkable service and food.

Pros: ambiance, diners can order a la carte or from tasting menu at same table

Cons: muddled service, subpar food for the price

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Went to Bouley for Christmas Eve dinner, party of three and we three were all unimpressed with the food and disappointed in the service. In an attempt to not be rude, service at Bouley was below average for any eating establishment. Our waiter was unprofessional given Bouley's attempt to be ranked as one of the best restaurants in Manhattan. Our waiter never inquired about our meal, service was rushed, he questions my wife?s choice of desert, and he served my wife crossing me. The sommelier?s presentation and preparation of the wine was pedestrian. We ordered two bottles during the course of the meal. The first bottle was a white that the sommelier rushed while pouring all three dinners at the table, I felt as if a teenager was serving out wine. For our second bottle we selected a red wine, 2001 Pomerol, to pair with the meat dish. I was annoyed that the sommelier asked me if he should decanted the wine. First, I expect any experienced and professional sommelier should present and decant the wine prior to the tasting. In addition, when I asked the sommelier to decant the wine he asked he if it was okay to leave the wine in the bottle to decant. I thought Bouley is a French restaurant but there was sushi on the menu! Besides the lack of service, I expected the food, given the $150 tasting menu, would be inspirational given the holiday and Bouley?s ?assumed reputation?. Unlike the service was food was average. The taste was boring. I order cod, which was tasteless, and I suspect went from freezer to pan prior to being plated. I had a duck dish for my main, which was over cooked, and I didn?t bothering eating. Given the number of restaurants in Manhattan and the level of competition I?m amazed Bouley obtained high reviews for food and service. My remarks may be trivial to most diners but given my wife and I live in the city and we eat out four days a week I expect something better than a casual diner when I dine at Bouley.

1
★★☆☆☆

Went to Bouley for Christmas Eve dinner, party of three and we three were all unimpressed with the food and disappointed in the service. In an attempt to not be rude, service at Bouley was below average for any eating establishment. Our waiter was unprofessional given Bouley's attempt to be ranked as one of the best restaurants in Manhattan. Our waiter never inquired about our meal, service was rushed, he questions my wife?s choice of desert, and he served my wife crossing me. The sommelier?s presentation and preparation of the wine was pedestrian. We ordered two bottles during the course of the meal. The first bottle was a white that the sommelier rushed while pouring all three dinners at the table, I felt as if a teenager was serving out wine. For our second bottle we selected a red wine, 2001 Pomerol, to pair with the meat dish. I was annoyed that the sommelier asked me if he should decanted the wine. First, I expect any experienced and professional sommelier should present and decant the wine prior to the tasting. In addition, when I asked the sommelier to decant the wine he asked he if it was okay to leave the wine in the bottle to decant. I thought Bouley is a French restaurant but there was sushi on the menu! Besides the lack of service, I expected the food, given the $150 tasting menu, would be inspirational given the holiday and Bouley?s ?assumed reputation?. Unlike the service was food was average. The taste was boring. I order cod, which was tasteless, and I suspect went from freezer to pan prior to being plated. I had a duck dish for my main, which was over cooked, and I didn?t bothering eating. Given the number of restaurants in Manhattan and the level of competition I?m amazed Bouley obtained high reviews for food and service. My remarks may be trivial to most diners but given my wife and I live in the city and we eat out four days a week I expect something better than a casual diner when I dine at Bouley.

Pros: Ambience & making reservation

Cons: Service, food, & special occssion

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Went to Bouley for Christmas dinner. Party of six. Unmerry Christmas. A young French waiter assigned to our table was extremeley rude and kept muttering unpleasantries in his mother tongue. These utterances were accompanied with scowls. Such disservice should be dealt with immediately, especially when they command $150 per head. We approached the head person to express our concerns, but he too, simply blew us off.

They should get a copy of Danny Meyer's book "Setting the Table" - and set the rude im-Mateur waiter straight. Very disappointed.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to Bouley for Christmas dinner. Party of six. Unmerry Christmas. A young French waiter assigned to our table was extremeley rude and kept muttering unpleasantries in his mother tongue. These utterances were accompanied with scowls. Such disservice should be dealt with immediately, especially when they command $150 per head. We approached the head person to express our concerns, but he too, simply blew us off.

They should get a copy of Danny Meyer's book "Setting the Table" - and set the rude im-Mateur waiter straight. Very disappointed.

Pros: the decor

Cons: Service, total lack of hospitality.

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if you want your napkin folded and refolded for you, then you should apparently not go to bouley. i always bring my mommy with me when i go to bouley so that she can fold my napkins for me. she accepts the deal because she gets the some of the most outstanding food in the world. and by the way, the wine guy, whatever you call it, is my favorite in the city as he remembers me everytime and always puts me into an incredible wine. i love the red room. THANK GOD THEY DON't FOLD MY NAPKINS FOR ME! IT's the kind of pretentiousness that bouley somehow manages to avoid. there is one head waiter that can be a bit prickly, but come on, did you taste the food? come on. But don't pick on the wine guy. it's undeserved and unfair. my favorite restaurant in the city. sincerely, edgar b rutz

2
★★★★★

if you want your napkin folded and refolded for you, then you should apparently not go to bouley. i always bring my mommy with me when i go to bouley so that she can fold my napkins for me. she accepts the deal because she gets the some of the most outstanding food in the world. and by the way, the wine guy, whatever you call it, is my favorite in the city as he remembers me everytime and always puts me into an incredible wine. i love the red room. THANK GOD THEY DON't FOLD MY NAPKINS FOR ME! IT's the kind of pretentiousness that bouley somehow manages to avoid. there is one head waiter that can be a bit prickly, but come on, did you taste the food? come on. But don't pick on the wine guy. it's undeserved and unfair. my favorite restaurant in the city. sincerely, edgar b rutz

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chef bouley has been a fixture in new york for years. after 9-11, he shut down for a while, but now back with bouley at 120 west broadway. it claims to be french, but i think it's not as traditional. they have sushi and fusion type dishes. food was decent, and service was ok. for new york standards, i guess $150 per person with a bottle of wine is not that bad. for the expectations of spending that $, i was hoping for better service and something to wow about. all in all, i can't say anything was bad, but it just wasn't spectacular. i'd have to totally agree with "andydnyc" and his comments about the service. i had to ask for the wine list, and no re-folding of the napkins. it looks like they hire younger people who might have less experience, but they should still have the experienced ones guiding them and making them better.

2
★★★★☆

chef bouley has been a fixture in new york for years. after 9-11, he shut down for a while, but now back with bouley at 120 west broadway. it claims to be french, but i think it's not as traditional. they have sushi and fusion type dishes. food was decent, and service was ok. for new york standards, i guess $150 per person with a bottle of wine is not that bad. for the expectations of spending that $, i was hoping for better service and something to wow about. all in all, i can't say anything was bad, but it just wasn't spectacular. i'd have to totally agree with "andydnyc" and his comments about the service. i had to ask for the wine list, and no re-folding of the napkins. it looks like they hire younger people who might have less experience, but they should still have the experienced ones guiding them and making them better.

Pros: decent food

Cons: poor service

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My wife and I recently had dinner here for our 2nd wedding anniversary and the Bouley dining room certainly is conducive to a memorable and romantic evening.

Of all the restaurants that we have dined at I cannot think of any that I could say offered more wonderful cuisine. The duck entree was perhaps the best thing I have had in any restaurant. Rating Bouley for the food alone I would be mean to give anything less than a 9. However, despite the unforgettable food, the dining experience was badly let down by some lazy, or maybe just incompetent service. In a restaurant of this standard I don't expect to have to ask twice for the wine list (surely I shouldn't have to ask once). After eventually receiving the list I was given literally seconds to make my choice and I had to hurry my decison as the starters were arriving at our table. Messy. Later I had to struggle to catch the attention of one of the many serving staff in order to have my wine glass refilled. Napkins were neither replaced nor folded on a return to the table.

Call me fussy if you will, but when you are paying these sorts of prices it's not only the food that should be remarkable. It's a real shame when the hardworking kichen staff are so obviously taking great pride and skill in the standard of their offerings but are let down by the front of house staff. Maybe they were just having an off day. For the quality of the cuisine at Bouley its probably worth booking up and taking the risk.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I recently had dinner here for our 2nd wedding anniversary and the Bouley dining room certainly is conducive to a memorable and romantic evening.

Of all the restaurants that we have dined at I cannot think of any that I could say offered more wonderful cuisine. The duck entree was perhaps the best thing I have had in any restaurant. Rating Bouley for the food alone I would be mean to give anything less than a 9. However, despite the unforgettable food, the dining experience was badly let down by some lazy, or maybe just incompetent service. In a restaurant of this standard I don't expect to have to ask twice for the wine list (surely I shouldn't have to ask once). After eventually receiving the list I was given literally seconds to make my choice and I had to hurry my decison as the starters were arriving at our table. Messy. Later I had to struggle to catch the attention of one of the many serving staff in order to have my wine glass refilled. Napkins were neither replaced nor folded on a return to the table.

Call me fussy if you will, but when you are paying these sorts of prices it's not only the food that should be remarkable. It's a real shame when the hardworking kichen staff are so obviously taking great pride and skill in the standard of their offerings but are let down by the front of house staff. Maybe they were just having an off day. For the quality of the cuisine at Bouley its probably worth booking up and taking the risk.

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What a meal I had here... outstanding. Pricey but worth every penny. I washed it all down w/ a Gerwurtzaminer... yum!

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★★★★☆

What a meal I had here... outstanding. Pricey but worth every penny. I washed it all down w/ a Gerwurtzaminer... yum!

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I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was absolutely awesome! The service was impeccable, the wine list extraordinary, the food exquisite, and the atmosphere was perfect. Bouley is fine dining at its best and I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and it was absolutely awesome! The service was impeccable, the wine list extraordinary, the food exquisite, and the atmosphere was perfect. Bouley is fine dining at its best and I can't wait to go back!

 

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