I would like to thank the staff and proprietors of "Bouley" for one of the worst dining experiences of my adult life.
We made reservations about a month ago for our 4-year anniversary. We showed up on time. We were told that our reservations -- which we had confirmed twice in the previous week, including once that day -- had been cancelled. Not to fear, however: they would find us a table. We waited about ten minutes.
They found us a table. In the back of the restaurant. Near the kitchen. In fact, facing the door of the kitchen. I kid you not -- our table looked directly into the kitchen -- we could see the guys in white coats running around, cutting up the raw meat, yelling at each other, etc. Pleasant. Fortunately, they seated us side-by-side (instead of facing one another) so _both_ of us could look into the kitchen. Classic. They must have considered this some kind of perq.
(This whole table looking into the kitchen thing was really quite cunning. The kitchen is separated from the dining room by a wall, so that the rest of the guests can't see it. We were given the special table, _behind_ the wall. What nice people.)
Shockingly, we decided to ask to be re-seated. Unfortunately, having seated us at this lovely table, they decided to leave us in peace to enjoy it. I.e., they ignored us for about another ten or fifteen minutes. No one took any notice of us until we got up to leave. Then they offered to re-seat us. We stood around for another five or ten minutes or so. Then we left. And you all know how easy it is to just walk into another good restaurant in NY on a Saturday night.
Voila! Anniversay ruined. Thanks guys.
P.S. This is all the more classic in that our other choice for tonight was a table at Jean-Georges, but we settled on Bouley to support them post 9/11.