My wonderful partner booked this as she likes to spoil me with great restaurants.
Tasty, upmarket entrance gives you a taste of what is to come. Smiling and friendly greeting and straight to table. The Maître d is a true professional as I watched him very discreetly watch over his front of house and make sure everything ran to his, clearly, high standard.
We have eaten and stayed in many a French Château and restaurant and I immediately warmed to the French atmosphere that has been carefully crafted and created by M. Bouley. I also like restaurants where you are not shoe horned into tables that are far too close so you can see and hear everything next door. No. We had space and privacy....nice touch.
I am glad we came for lunch which is excellent value as really you would need a tax deductible company account to have dinner here. Service was a little odd in that we kept getting different servers and, as a personal preference, I would have liked two servers (food and wine) and less often. The sommelier was most helpful and together we picked a delightful wine that was just perfect. Our server, new to the restaurant, was a bit stiff at first but we soon warmed him up, relaxed him and he was then a true professional.
Now to the food! We had the tasting menu and Chef Bouley is truly a master at combining ingredients to create dishes with sublime tastes to delight your palette and senses. Not only do they taste darn good....but they look good as well. Visual and taste...both superb. Chef Bouley equals, and in parts surpasses, the one and two star Michelins we have eaten in and there is no doubt in my mind this should be a one star immediately.
On leaving after a wonderful experience we were pleasantly surprised to be offered a small box of chocolates. Another nice touch! Very, very professional and excellently run establishment.
Well done Chef Bouley from two very happy customers from Ireland.
This, for certain, is our first stop every time we come back to the Big Apple.
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