We had a lovely,but very cold weekend in manhattan. Friday night we went to bouley and it didn't dissappoint. Originally I had reservations at Cafe boulud,but since the menu was kind of the same as last time, I changed it to bouley. First we were served a nice sour dough and yummy rasin bread. Then we were served some kind of refreshing cucumber and fish amuse. For appetizer we had the young garlic soup with organic hen egg,coconut,black truffle pate and giner. My husband seemed to enjoy it. I had the lobster with mango,passion fruit,coconut and tamarind dressing. That was good also. For main course we had the black bass and the lobster. The bass came with jasmine rice and sauce bouillabaisse. The fish was fresh,but it was not that interesting. The lobster was more exotic and tasty and it came with port wine-paprika sauce. We were then served a minty refreshing palate cleanser. We were debating between a pinapple merengue with ten exotic fruit sorbet and an apple with saffron ice cream. The waiter suggested the pinapple,but guess what? we got the other one on the house! That was such a nice thing to do. The best part about both dessert was the very yummy sorbet and saffron ice cream. I could eat ten scopes of each!!Then we had more compimentary stuff that I don't remeber. The service was very professional and we really enjoyed the experience. As we were leaving I wondered if we are going to get the yummy tea cake. At first it didn't look like we were, then some one rushed to us and handed us the best lemon tea cake ever. We will return just for the ice cream and sorbet alone.
The next day we asked our conceriage for a place to eat something light and he sent us to euopa cafe!!What a robbery!! I can't believe the size of their sandwhiches. We had dinner at periyali and it was good,but not great. We liked their olives and the bread. We got the fillet kebab and the shrimp periyali. The fillet came with a little rice and some green beans. The beef had no seasoning. I would of like some oregano and lemon perhaps. The shrimp was fine. We had greek coffee with revani cake(orange)that was pretty good. Overall, for what you paid it was an Ok value.
Sunday we were going to the met so I took the chow hound advice and went to cafe sabarsky for breakfast. At the door to the building the guard checked my purse? We both went fo sabarsky fruhstuck. That included viennese melange(small cappuccino),OJ(2 to 3 oz),two soft-broiled egg and bagutte with butter and ham. Every thing was good,but we were still hungy and for $18 I think they should give you more. I guess thier portion was european and we are not big eaters either. They offered my husband more coffee and charged him $5 for small cap.
That afternoon I made a mistake of Going with city search's best burger,the McHale's. I don't know what is so great about a pound of tasteless meat and a pound of bacon on the top. We forced ourselves and had two bites each. Obviously the people who gave this palce such a high rating never had a good burger and the bathrooms were OLD and yucky. I was sad to end our trip on that note,plus I had to listen to my husband complaining for a while about the burger:)