We celebrated my fiance's birthday at Bouley on Friday night. I thought it was as good, and a much better value than Per Se where we ate last month. He thought that while all the dishes at Bouley were amazing, Per Se had a few standouts but also a few misses. We had chef's degustation with 6 courses, an amuse bouche, a palate cleanser course, 2 dessert courses, and of course a lemon tea cake in a goody bag. The cost was $135/person and that included a complimentary large pour of Sauterne to go with the Foie Gras. We had a few different courses because of my shellfish allergy. Service was lovely and very much on top of their game without being rushed. We left at midnight feeling very satisfied, very full, and definitely ready to return again soon.
My favorite course: organic farm egg with 100 year old balsamic vinegar, hint of truffles, parmesan crisp, foamy goodness, and serrano ham. The ham portion was generously sliced, not too fatty but salty compliment to richness of the egg. On the a la carte menu only, not the tasting menu.
His favorite course: Maine Dayboat Lobster.
The foie gras was outstanding. Huge piece. Gorgeous armagnac sauce and soaked, sweet large plum to go with it. My fiance absolutely hates venison and devoured the portion that we were served. My least favorite dish was the braised Japanese yellowtail; however, it's a favorite of one of our friends.
The desserts were good, but didn't blow us away. Though at that point in the meal, we were exhausted from eating. The chocolate ice cream and apple sorbet (served as part of desserts) were the best.