In New York as part of a RTW trip, our party of four wanted to enjoy a formal meal together, and after much discussion, chose Bouley. (On our previous trip we had a superlative experience at Daniel).
It proved to be an inspired choice in terms of value, service and sheer dining pleasure. We booked a 2.30pm setting to enjoy the lunch menu at a leisurely pace, and to allow ourselves time to attend a Broadway show that evening.
The entrance/foyer is much commented on, and with good reason. It signals the sensory experience that you have when dining at Bouley - everything is beautiful to look at, smell, and touch. The "check-in" staff were impeccably presented; and we enjoyed a glass of champagne while our table was prepared.
Five courses for $55 represents incredible (perhaps unbeatable) value in this part of the world, and each course was delicate and yet full of flavour. The famous bread cart was presented multiple times, and is deserving of its reputation.
As we were celebrating a surprise occasion that day, the kitchen and staff gave us extra mementos/courses and I cannot speak more highly of the professionalism of the entire operation. While take-home gifts aren't anything new at restaurants of this calibre, the Christmas-themed sweets were a deft touch (and delicious!)
Thank you, Bouley. We'll be back.
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