Bouley
Bouley

Bouley

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.davidbouley.com/
  • Phone: 2129642525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 2:45pm; Dinner Mon-Sat: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, International
  • Executive Chef: David Bouley
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Bouley offers several different venues for private events ranging from the classic elegance of the Chateau Room to the eclectic functionality of the Test Kitchen.
    Inquires for off-premises events are always welcome.

    Please contact Danielle Falcone to make your special event truly special.
    Danielle@bouleynyc.com
    917-237-3205

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hudson Street
  • Public Transit: Chambers Street stop 1,2,3,A,C,E lines
    Brooklyn Bridge stop 4,5,6 lines
    City Hall stop R line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public garage located at the corner of Hudson Street and Reade Street.
A word from Bouley
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 á la carte menu, the restaurant offers a $55 five course tasting menu for lunch and $175 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Bouley reviews from OpenTable diners
354 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (276)romantic (254)fit for foodies (221)notable wine list (166)great for lunch (140)neighborhood gem (72)good for groups (31)great for brunch (26)hot spot (23)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Disappointed the attitude of staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Staff made a mistake the calculate our payment several times, and they said the tip was short. It made us feel unwell.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Simply Magic
    Good
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food, the drinks, the excellent and kind service was perfection. Nick especially was on point with suggesting wines as well as a champagne that just delighted my senses. What can I say about the food? All of it. The two apps, the special bonuses from the chef that flowed, the entrees, the sweets at the end. Not a single thing I didn't devour, appreciate and love. We started out smiling when we entered, and left in full on cherish cat grins. Thank you so much for an amazing memorable night.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent with one caveat
    Mixed
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a first rate restaurant. The food and service were impeccable. Pricing was in line with one what would expect at one of NY's finest restaurants. The one caveat was that the maitre d' almost ruined our experience. When we arrived at the restaurant, I told him how much we were looking forward to the dinner and that we were celebrating a very special anniversary. Without missing a beat, he directed us to the basement for seating. Subsequently, one of the waiters moved us back upstairs after asking us if everything was ok.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the tasting menu with wines.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    There were multiple possibilities for each course so we were both able to chose easily. The sommelier made excellent wine pairings for each course. The service was prompt, efficient and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Was recommended Bouley by a friend, particularly the lunch menu which is outstanding value, and was not disappointed. It was a great way for me and my gf to finish our long weekend in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely perfect
    wjenh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We just had the tasting menu, outstanding. We both consider this to be much better than another highly-rated restaurant whose chef's last name also starts with B, we're dropping that one from our list. The food here is innovative and perfectly prepared. While we didn't both necessarily love each dish, every dish was liked by at least one of us. The front-of-house works together seamlessly, the dining room decor is striking, there's nothing to not like here. The cheese quality was possibly the best I've had in NYC, perfectly aged. I mentioned I liked strong cheeses, the server made a special trip to the cellar for an absolutely perfect Epoisses. Heaven. Not a single service or kitchen flaw. Absolutely top of our list for next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occassion!
    Sara
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I came here with my husband for our anniversary and we really enjoyed our dinner. The food was fantastic, and so was the setting. My note left on OpenTable during reservation was taken into account for seating and dessert course. The staff is prompted and helpful, and they are kind of everywhere though; the waiter to guest ratio is quite high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • French Cuisine at its Best
    RayO
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Having lived 4 years in Paris we have frequented many excellent restaurants and Bouleys compares very well with the best we have seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Expensive but not overly impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    In the end, with a tasting and wines, you are at over $400 a person. It's a nice, well spaced out room. Weird uncomfortable waiting area / bar to get in -- but at least it means there is no outside access to the restaurant so it remains special and calm. It's very nice, but I've eaten equally well for half the price in NYC
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding again
    DineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Visited about a decade ago & had a wonderful experience. A few changes, the little bakery has been replaced by an opulent velvet reception area where one might have a pre dining cocktail. The tasting lunch did not disappoint. Outstanding dishes blending textures, favors, temperatures. The staff could not be nicer very professional but not at all unapproachable. No longer live in the area but hope I don't have to wait another decade to repeat this wonderful experience.
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  • we were wowed !
    DianeDreyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bouley is in the top NY restaurants - but someone tipped us off that the Lunch tasting Menu at $55 was a great bargain ($110 with the wine parings) and they were right ! From start to finish every dish was brilliantly executed, interesting to look at and TASTY (this is not always the case with high end food). We found the pace of the meal very relaxing and the room - with beautiful oil paintings of the lavender fields in Provence = elegant & great place for a celebration... The wine paring was done with care and is recommended. The only miss was we dropped the hint twice that it was a birthday lunch - but it took a third direct request to get a candle, but they made up by brining out an extra dessert. We will definitely will go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent value for lunch
    seoulfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bouley has an excellent tasting menu for lunch. Their seared tuna was heavenly, and the flan was as delicious as promised. The truffle was a bit too rich for me, since I was having the organic wild duck for my main dish, but the overall balance was excellent. I'd go for the wild mushrooms next time to make the meal a bit lighter, but if you are a fan of truffle, go for it. At some point comes a cart full of unique bread and they are delicious. I would definitely go for the fig again. The dessert was also excellent. Unfortunately the last tray with sweets is below standards. I tried one of the milk chocolates despite its looks and immediately regretted it. They are dry, not fresh, and a sad ending to such a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    cqchoi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Extravagantly great as always! Bouley is where I very often take my girlfriend for very special occasions.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I died and went to heaven
    JunctionJoVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went to Bouley for the 5-course tasting lunch which we had with the wine pairings. While expensive, you get more food than the 5 courses, lots of surprises and extras. Blini with salmon was a particular treat; the blini are more like large marshmallows that melt in your mouth, and then you get a salmon surprise taste. The porcini flan with crabmeat is my all-time Bouley favorite-a rich, flavorful dish. Endless desserts, each one better than the last. Impeccable service, formal but not stuffy. Oh, I almost forgot the cherry bread, filled with tart cherries. The wines were all good and this is an easier way to go, as they have an extensive and pricey wine list. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the world !
    hanahana
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I'm a Japanese tourist and it was a first time visit to NYC . I've long wanted to eat at one of the authentic restaurants with the excellent service in NYC. I'm so happy to find my choice right. The interior of Bouley was very elegant, luxurious and superb. The service staff spoke beautiful English with French accent, which gave us the impression that we were in France. Nothing can beat food in Bouley,. Out of the world ! I've visited several prestigious restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe. Bouley's food tasted much much better. When I come back to NYC, I'll definitely have dinner at Bouley.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    ATFujiVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You cannot easily find this super experience even in NYC, Japanese friendly taste, but French. All the servers were with the most sensitive and careful, which made us very comfortable to stay there and have wondeful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • SPECTACULAR IN EVERY WAY!!
    al6237
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Spectacular in every way! Food was great with some very unusual tastes. The staff was attentive and friendly, somewhat unusual for a NYC restaurant. I would recommend highly and without reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    HowdiVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bouley offers what may be the best dining bargain - its $55 per person lunch tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The great one
    West2East
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    5 course tasting menu for lunch wax the very meal we have had JB years! A 29 Zagat rating is herd to come by, some cities high ratings are not the same as big cities. Bouley did not disappoint. Excellent food, will challenge and delight your makes your taste buds! Fanomonal service, have already recommended to other foodies and people who seek fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York lunch
    WinedinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch here on our last day in NYC. The setting is beautiful, service exceptional, and the food was just amazing. Creative yet grounded in traditional French style. Want to come back for dinner.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as ever
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Bouley never disappoints. The food steals the show - creative, delicious, artistic and fantastically delicious. The service is gracious and attentive, and the warm dining area is still one of the most beautiful spaces in all of NYC. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Leila
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    When we dine so expensively, we expect the food that we cannot prepare at home - every bite was a surprise and perfection. Attentive and knowledgeable but very respectful service... Ambiance - could be more contemporary considering that the majority of guests were in their 30s...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Best French cuisine
    2HungryBirds
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is the best French cuisine I have ever savoured, created by the Bouley chefs to please the eyes as well as the tongues. the restaurant is big enough to serve all our needs yet small enough to know all the guests. The staff display hospitality and render service with a smile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great restaurant.
    JIJIVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is undoubtedly a very special restaurant.The food and service are impeccable.We had the best time ever. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • a little off it's game
    bkfoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    been to bouley in its last location several times, never had a mediocre course before this visit. apps and amuse bouche were right on- unlikely but vibrant combos of sweet and savory. then the main course of chicken, sadly overcooked and a little tough. must've been an off night on the line, not what you'd hope for at the staggering price tag. wine, service, ambience all top notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Just Lovely
    JoolsK
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had a wonderful experience with the tasting menu for lunch. It was more than enough food, and they even brought out a couple of amuses and an extra course to try. I couldn't even sample the petitsfors. I was way too full. And very satisfied. For my palette, the dishes could have pushed more toward the savory side. There was a lot of surprising "sweet" throughout my menu choices. But everything was interesting, and beautiful, and delicious. Most men were wearing a jacket, so know that going in. Although I was somewhat casual, I was very relaxed, comfortable and well taken care of. I would absolutely go there for the "chlorophyll" soup. Out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I sent a review to the restaurant directly because I did not want to disparage their reputation as a 5 star place. But I did not hear back from them so I'm left with thinking they do not care, so I won't care either. The food was average at best, how can veal be tough? The service generally was good, but the server took my dish over to the table near by and let everyone stick their noses into the dish. We weren't sure we even wanted to eat it after seeing that and not knowing what germs may have been there. There are so many great restaurants in NYC -- save your money and try them.
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  • Excellent Experience
    lovinglife2831
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    George Thomas was very attentive and the wine steward was wonderful. Heavenly food and great ambiance. If you are a Foodie, it is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • foodlover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had the lunchtime $55 5-course tasting menu. Everything was excellent and quite unique, so it was well worth the money for a birthday special occasion. In addition to those 5 courses, you get amuses bouches at the beginning of the meal, as much bread as you want from an array of tempting choices on a bread cart later in the meal (this on top of the delicious bread you're given at the beginning of the meal), and a selection of very fancy chocolates, macarons, etc served after dessert. Of course, when you add a bottle of wine and coffee, the meal is rather pricey, but it was a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Service with a smile
    2HungryBirds
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Bouley is Big enough to serve you👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 It is also Small enough to know you👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bouley is 3.5 stars
    Valo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had tasting menu and a la carte. Foie gras app was delicious. Now tasting menu: Sea urchin w osetra caviar - sea urchin from the shell was not naturally sweet as expected, disappointment. It was complemented w mandarin gelee which brought out the taste of the osetra. But I taste the mandarin flavor again in gelato w hot chocolate lava cake, which contained bits of crunches as I bute throughout the whole cake--poorly done. Next was the alaskan king crab w other crab n blk truffles, really enjoyed it- large chunks of meat good portion. Next lobster boat- not naturally sweet very bland, good portion & cooked jus right. Duck not complemented well. Petit fours were too sweet. Didnt care for raspb soup. Waiter left plate n didnt intro it, rude
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Bouley is absolutely the best, consistently! We had a wonderful time, terrific meal. Wine pairing was fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Is she a grande dame yet? Love it
    DoctorstanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Not my first time but the attention and excellence were evident from the start. Very expensive and worth it. For a special occasion or to treat yourself there are few equals. George our waiter and The lovely enthusiastic bread steward guided us flawlessly. After my massive fois gras, I thrilled to a delicate and light chicken supreme cooked in hay. Like a light country breeze, I floated on delicate flavor. Marvelous experience
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Nice atmospher
    Salazio
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you are on a business dinner or at a love couples dinner this is a great place. Very good and high skilled sommelier.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never going back!
    Coisaline8
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had one of the worst dining experiences of my life. The waiters paid almost no attention to us, screwed up our orders and forgot all of our drinks. Also, I had loved Bouley for their care with food allergies and wonderful gf free bread. But this last time they screwed up the allergies, and the slices of bread were so think I could see through the slice! When the waiter was cutting the bread in front of us it seemed as if they were saving up on bread which was absolutely ridiculous for a restaurant that charges $50 for an entree. And when I asked for more bread they never brought it! Overall the dinner was bad, the food came in cold, the flavor was terrible, just a poor disappointing experience overall.
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  • davidVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A truly superb dining experience! Food, service and interior ambience excel in every way!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bouley dining experience
    Kev8
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Dining experience at Bouley is never disappointing. This is the 2nd year we went there for our anniversary. Last year we had dinner there and this year we reserved 2 seats for lunch. Both years were wonderful experiences. All the restaurant staff paid attention to details since the reservation process. After having had lunch and dinner at Bouley, it is not hard to understand why this place was filled all the time. Must see for yourself.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still amazing after all these years
    BDAYGRL
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The last time we dined at Bouley, we were blown away by the food and the service. That was over 15 years ago. It is wonderful to know that some things never change. We were lucky enough to be able to dine at Bouley this weekend and were very pleased with the 5 course tasting menu. Everything we ordered was a delight to our palate. My mom still raves about the Kobe beef and I am still dreaming about the souffle I ate. And the $55 price tag was a delight as well. The service was very attentive and constantly in motion. If I had one criticism, it would be that the place is not spacious enough. But the ambience is cozy, like someone's living room. This restaurant is a MUST to experience. We plan to return again and again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    SNYdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Did the 5-course lunch tasting menu. What a fantastic bargain! What I like about having choices for each course is that you get to try other things that other people in your party ordered. So it's almost like having a 10- or 15-couse meal! The duck was just ok, but everything else was delicious... prepared well and beautifully presented. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Consistently One of the Best
    SixSigmaBBVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We come here once a year for my dear friend's birthday because it's way down in lower west Manhattan and in the $$$$$ category. If I were rich, I'd make the trip and dine here weekly. The shrimp and scallop appetizer was one of the best I've had. The duck was beyond divine. The desert courses endless and scrumptious....with a lemon bread gift at the door as we left). The ambiance is literally what you'd expect in the parlor of a palace, breathtaking lush silk brocades, satins and velvets... and stunning art. I just can't find fitting words, but no cascade of superlatives is sufficient to describe this meal or this place. It is always an experience to go here. I only wish I could do it more often.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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