bouley 163 duane st, new york, ny 10013
fantastic, fancy french fine dining for foodies by chef david bouley. jackets are required for the boys while the ladies should keep it classy. prepare for a 2-3 hour lunch/dinner, best enjoyed with good company + intelligent conversation. for the stellar quality & service, it’s quite a steal, especially for lunch.
other than my obsession with foie gras, [i still need to try it here] i’m not too crazy about french food [mainly because of
the fat the butter guilt], but bouley has become a favorite of mine. it has a peaceful ambiance [sometimes slightly uncomfortable at first if you’re more accustomed to loud places], except when i’m there. i would recommend the chef’s tasting but if you decide to order from the regular menu, you must get the porcini flan [x2] or be filled with regret for the rest of your life. some highlights of my visual + palate euphoria:
oh, and they have a parting gift: a splendid lemon pound cake for you to take home & reminisce the
money moment you spent. this michelin-starred restaurant surely deserves a second star.