Bouley is located near the financial district (Tribeca) of NYC so, geographically, was perfect following our visit to the 9/11 Memorial.
To be clear, and for the avoidance of any doubt, you must wear a jacket to dine here. Unsure of the requirement (after reading mixed reviews), we decided not to wear a jacket. When we arrived, the receptionist loaned us a ‘house jacket’. Should you wish to avoid the rather unflattering (stained) blazer, you should arrive with the correct sartorial attire.
We were escorted downstairs to dine in the château – clearly the more exclusive area. I have no idea how we managed to secure the hot-spot – perhaps request the château when you book (30 days in advance).
The food was French, with a Japanese influence – very unique. As we waited for our order we were given two complimentary dishes: 1) a Japanese flat bread with cream cheese and caviar and; 2) a cold tomato soup with crème and Japanese cucumber. Both dishes were light and a great way to freshen the pallet.
The 5 course luncheon tasting menu was great value at $55 (plus tax and tip). Dishes to note were: 1) Blini of Scottish Smoked Salmon (Salmon Trout Roe, White Truffle Honey) and; 2) Black Cod Marinated with Pistachio Miso (Heirloom Tomatoes, Elderflower, Homemade Raspberry Vinegar, Tonka Bean, Fresh Verbena) - very unique flavours, which clearly do not follow a recipe.
If you are looking to experience Michelin on a budget (oxymoron), then check out the luncheon menu at Bouley. Perfect.
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