Hi, all NY CH'ers! I'm a Seattle CH in town for a week. Had a free lunch time today, so thought I'd treat myself to Bouley. It can be a bit weird as a solo person, esp. on a day like Valentine's day. Anyway, Bouley did me well, and I wanted to praise them and let y'all know!
First off, I had a lovely table -- not something you necessarily expect for a table for 1. At the end of the banquette so I had some room to myself, they lit a candle so it woldn't be too dark.
I decided rather than the prix fix I would have 3 appetizers + wine. I had:
Amuse bouche--mascarpone mousse + beet sorbet + almond foam w/ tattinger brut
1st course--return from Chang Mai--lobster wrapped in serrano ham w/ passionfruit sauce (w/ rest of tatt. brut)
2nd course--phyllo wrapped shrimp, squid and pan seared scallop in ocean broth w/ sauv. blanc from france (actually sauv blanc/semillion/moscatell--very grassy and floral at the same time)
Then they served me an extra course--pan seared skate with caper/parsley/pineapple sauce and a 2002 Montrachet (and they didn't charge me for the course or the wine!!!) I have no idea why they served me this--felt sorry for a solo on V-day? Were trying to get rid of the skate? Doesn't matter--they were great, the dish was lovely, and I so much appreciated it!
3rd course--hudson valley foie gras w/apple puree & fig/cinnamon compote with a Nuit St. George burgundy
Dessert--pumpkin seed oil cake w/ chocolate ganache & green tea/white choc. ice cream w/ another glass of tattinger (aren't you proud of my typing skills after all that wine!)
The dessert amuse bouche (whatever that might be called) was mango sorbet + star anise foam.
Anyway, Bouley's fantastic service for a solo luncher on V-day is a positive memory I'll retain and I can guarantee I'll be back. (Maybe I'll let my husband come next time!) I hope you all can enjoy such a great meal there.