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labor day dinning review

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labor day dinning review

mrsjoujou | Sep 8, 2004 09:21 PM

We were in NYC for ou anniversary and for the most part we had great food. Our second stop after having a snack across from the hotel was la masion du chocolat. Every thing is always good there if you are willing to pay the high prices. Their service was OK. For our anniversary dinner, we had reservations at cafe boulud. Every thing about cafe boulud was perfect. We were seated at the cozy corner. The service was very good, and the food was amazing. We had the shrimp appetizer and the trio of the summer soup to start with. Then we had the spicy lobster chiang mai and the bbq short ribs. The lobster was very good and it had many different layers of flavor. The short ribs were as good as it gets. We shared the warm chocolate souffle and it was very good. They had the most amazing olive rosemary bread (Made in the house at Daniel). I wish I could buy that bread!! Lets just say this dinner will be remembered for a long time. I would return to cafe boulud anytime. The next day we checked the new whole foods at the time warner building. I had high expectations for this place and I was surprised at some of the short comings. The pizza was good, but the crust was a little too thick. Some of the items at the salad bar were under cooked, specially the beans. Their dessert was good, but not amazing. Their bathroom was too small for all the people out there. That night we went to the tabla bread bar. We had the aloo nan, dal, short ribs frankie, and eggplant chutney. I liked the nan and chutney the best. The dal was good, but I have had better one in vancouver. The short ribs frankie was good, but ofcourse after Cafe boulud's short ribs this was not that special. The next day we went down town and walked around and around lunch time we tried to go to balthezar, but ofcourse it was packed. My husband spoted this yellow restaurant and suggested we give it a try. Their was no menu posted out side and a crowd of people seating and dinning ouside. We figured it is italian, we just go and have some pasta!! Big mistake. The place was Cipriani and as soon as we saw the prices we were ready to leave, but it was too late. They have the most stuffy, unfriendly staff ever. We had to wait twenty minutes for our pasta. The portions were too small and the bill too high. They charge you $21.50 for a child portion pasta. I can't belive they can get a way with that and the place was packed as we were leaving. Are all this people crazy!! Let's just say we were hungry when we left. I stopped at the balthezar bakery and bought an orange brioche and almond croissant. The croissant texture was not flaky at all. I tried to go to the chocolate bar, but never made it there as we were tired of all the walking. Perhaps next time.

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