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“The real disappointing experience”
Review of Bouley Restaurant - CLOSED

Bouley Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: TriBeCa
Cross street: Hudson Street
Transit: Chambers Street stop 1,2,3,A,C,E lines Brooklyn Bridge stop 4,5,6 lines City Hall stop R line
Description: Bouley features the exciting culinary talents of famed four- star Chef, David Bouley. Bouley offers French cuisine with modern Asian influences served in an elegant and intimate setting. In addition to the a la carte menu, the restaurant offers a $59 five course tasting menu for lunch, a prix fixe of three courses for $135 and $195 six course tasting menu for dinner. Parties of 8 or more may order from the tasting menu only and deposit is required to secure a reservation. Chef Bouley is always happy to accommodate all dietary needs and restrictions. Jackets are required for gentlemen at both lunch and dinner.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

The story about Bouley (Trip Advisor Nr. 1 restaurant in June 2013) sounded interesting and we decided to get experienced there. Unfortunately, it was one of our biggest mistakes in our lives :( ... the start was good ... we were in a good mood and hungry and we began our "Tasting Menu" for reasonable USD 55 compared with a bottle of Bollinger Champagne for USD 175 which was ok in our mind for a restaurant like this one ...
During the first few "courses" all the waiters were VERY friendly with us ... all were asking about the food and so on and what was strange for us was the point that they all told us we need a lot of time for the menu ...
Well, we've often eaten in superb restaurant all over the world, so we thought that's strange for USD 55 to eat so many courses ... so we asked the waiter how many courses they will serve ... 11 was the answer ... we were confused ... and asked further ... the solution was that our waiter ordered the chef's special tasting menu for USD 175 each ...
We explained the missunderstanding and because one of us had to catch the plane later we don't want to eat the bigger menu.
After that they changed in total ... all the waiter were looking at us like we are the last crap in the world ... no one was nice anymore and when we tried to explain why we are so disappointed they didn't think about one minute that they did something wrong ...
Food was ok ... but with this much of unfriendlyness we felt that we only want to leave the restaurant as soon as possible.
at the end the only thing left in our mind is ... we were expecting something and received a really sad experience ... and for at least some bucks ... never ever in our live!

8  Thank chmm c
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The food was really good but the dining room... not so much. Many of the tables are around the walls and 2/4 guests have to face into the wall... not the best place to be in a really expensive restaurant.

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Thank ItalianLoveAffair
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Want to know a NYC secret? Some of the world's best returants in NYC offer unbelievable prix fixe lunch menus. Bouley offers a $55 option which has to the best valued lunch in NYC for a resturant of this calibre. This is a stunning dining experience and the lunch menu offers 8 odd courses each one a taste sensation. There are no words except - GO! If you're a foodie you HAVE TO GO. The one guarantee is you will thank me. Enjoy.

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Thank Honest_jane_do
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The service is what service ought to be, as is the lush setting.
The smell of apples as you walk into the vestibule sets the mood for food which only gets better with every course.
I can write a very long review, but it is enough to say that of the 14 some courses we had, every one was excellent - everything perfectly prepared and excellently paired with wine.
I ate there 8 years ago, and I still remember every detail!

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Thank SteelhorseNYC
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

On a cold, rainy Friday night, all we were in the mood in for was a relaxing atmosphere, good wine, and solid conversation. Bouley delivered from the moment we walked in the door, where we felt as though we had left the wet streets of Tribeca and entered a warm, comforting French château. Service was impeccable from the host desk to our server to the sommelier; it struck the perfect balance of being extremely attentive without coming across as intrusive or overbearing.

We started with an amuse bouche, which was one of the best I have ever tasted: strawberry & sheep's milk mousse coulis with lobster. The flavours were out of this world.

I continued with Cape Cod sea scallops with North Carolina pink shrimp, Alaskan Dungeness crab, Point Judith calamari and Ocean Herbal broth. I loved the variety in this dish, especially when you are in the mood to taste a little bit of everything.

For my main I chose New England Black sea bass, which arrived to the table piping hot and accompanied by English peas, purple carrots & globe basil dressing. Everything cooked to perfection, with clearly a lot of thought going into the flavour and texture composition.

Although we were too full for dessert, we had plenty of wine left (the reasonable wine list allowed for a second bottle of budget-friendly Sancerre) and wanted to continue our chin wag. Complimentary orange and pistachio macarons arrived to the table, which made for a very sweet ending.

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Thank Rebecca S
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