We're visiting NYC for a week this january and I've been able to get a table at Bouley that saturday at 9:30 PM. I would have choosen EMP but it is fully booked, so I thought that Bouley was the second best choice (Per Se is too expensive).
I am however wondering if 9:30 PM is too late when we're getting the tasting menu, couting 17 dishes according to the menu on their web page.
Do you have any experience starting your dinner around 9:30 PM on Bouley? I'm afraid that they will try to rush us through the menu - we really want to enjoy the dinner and take us time doing so. Normally we would use the whole evening (in this case half the night?).
About the restaurant prices in USA. At Bouley the the tasting menu including wine is $280 pp. Is this including service, tips, tax, etc.? Or do you have to add 20%, which makes it ~$340?
What do you think the _total_ price for the tasting menu and wine pairings will be at Bouley for two persons?
Thank you very much for sharing any experinces. Also if you have other suggestions that I should consider instead of Bouley (being somewhat less expensive), feel free to share them :-)