We all know that the eponymous inspiration for this and other restaurants is a star, but can his people do breakfast - it may be the simplest meal of the day, but it is, arguably, the most creatively arduous. And the folks at Cafe Boulud more than rise to the occasion, they create an occasion. I say the folks and not just the person behind the big stove in the kitchen because everyone one here helps you forget that breakfast is a morning event. Cheerful, friendly, but unobtrusive, each person you encounter has a smile, a welcoming air, and - if you like a few words in the morning - some pleasant comments about the 'day so far'.
Let's get down to it - I've never had better pancakes; don't know if these are the best ever, but i've never never had better. The juice - orange for me - was heaven. The coffee was good, not great, but good (I had a cappuccino, two actually, and it seemed squeezed into too small a cup - I think a cappuccino deserves a bit more breathing space for that frothy foam).
There were six of us at the table, and you could tell by the animation in the conversation that each one was happy and well-served and fed - lots of good comments about the crab cake eggs Benedict.
So I loved it - I wish I were in the city more often in the morning; or I wish I were in this part of the city more often in the morning - I would become a familiar face here if so.
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