I have been frequenting Bouley for many years and each time, thoroughly enjoying my dining experiences. It had been quite a few months since I had been there and we decided to go all out (it was a very special occasion) and have the chef degustation menu. Amazingly, we have never ordered it before--the one where you put yourself in the highly talented hands of the kitchen/chef and await surprise and delight at each course.
Well it was awesome. After 3 different amuse bouche offerings, we began a 9 course parade of wonders. Pardon me that I can't recall each to full detail but briefly:
1-seafood/scallop wonder thing mixed with caviar
2-a creamy hamachi, lightly cooked
3-a soft cooked egg with truffle (it's on the menu but we had it without the ham)
5-foie gras with prune
Each course was considerable in size--no itsy bitsy tasting. The tab for this was $135 per person. But of course we added on champagne so the tab grows a bit. A healthy glass of dessert wine was provided at our last course--thanks.
We are now in love again with Bouley and highly recommend to those who might have felt that they have experienced Bouley, if you haven't done the chef's degustation menu, please do--we found it rivaled our previous Per Se dinners.
Service was amazing--warm, attentive, friendly and helpful. Yes, we had been fairly frequent visitors but it had been many months since we were there. We thorougly enjoyed the evening--but will likely not step on the scale this morning.