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Boulud Sud dinner review

I finally tried this, and I agree with this review. I am a big fan of Cafe Boulud, Bar Boulud, Daniel, Bar Pleiades, and even really like Epicerie Boulud. But this place feels like a ripoff. The prices are high for what often amounts to pretty simple food, and just as often amounts to ho-hum food. If these were tapas prices I would say it's good, but my wife paid $35 for four small, tough and largely flavorless medallions of lamb loin. Their entrees usually have no starch, and side dishes run another ten bucks apiece. It actually turned out that the best things they served us were the cheapest. The drinks here are very good, but that quality again comes at a price. It's funny, all his places are this expensive, but it really didn't seem worth it at this one. We had the fried artichokes (they didn't trim them enough, so we had to spit out tough leaves, plus they were bland), the anchovy escabeche (tasted primarily like vinegar), the spiced duck leg (pretty good, actually. Crispy and gamey.) the baby goat orecchiette (the best thing we had), the lava lake lamb (Pfft. Insulting.) and I had the chicken tagine, which amounted to stewed tomatoes and olives with a sous vide chicken breast and a chicken leg, which was fine but unexciting, and downright terrible compared to the chicken Telepan serves nearby. When the best thing you serve is the bread, there's a problem. We paid $80 apiece without having expensive wine or dessert. In this neighborhood alone there are better options.

Cafe Boulud
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Bar Pleiades
20 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

Epicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Aug 31, 2011
Ghostly in Manhattan

Cheap Beers with Merit?

This isn't cheap by most standards, but in terms of Belgian dubbels, I've found that I quite like Grimbergen, and it's both priced lower than most and is easy to drink with its lower alcohol content (6.5%). I'm actually fairly impressed with the flavor they get at that lower ABV%.

Dec 02, 2010
Ghostly in Beer

Martinis, which Vermouth?

I'll agree with the (now aged) post by byrd - in choosing between what tends to be readily available to me (Martini & Rossi, Noilly Prat, and J. Boissiere) I prefer J. Boissiere. It's the only one of the three that I like on its own. Haven't tried the others mentioned, and will look for stuff like Vya and Carpano Antica

Oct 05, 2008
Ghostly in Spirits

Best diner in Manhattan?

I guess I'd agree with that for Tribeca, but only because there are very few diners there. I don't know that I've ever actually liked a meal I've had there. I got a pie at Gee Whiz once that I swear was made with canned fruit cocktail. My experience is mostly on the UWS, Midtown West and Tribeca, and my choice would probably be Utopia, or Big Nick's, though the latter doesn't really have the diner "feel". I haven't found any diner in Manhattan that matches up to the places I've visited in New England.

Sep 22, 2008
Ghostly in Manhattan

Bobby's Burger Palace (Flay's new chain) opens

I think cooking burgers to medium is fine. A steak often loses tenderness if cooked that much, but 80% lean ground meat doesn't really have that problem, especially considering that it can be seasoned all the way through. If it's good enough for White Manna and Shake Shack, it's good enough for me. Flay's place looks pretty good, although I might not bother with the "upscale" extras.

New additions to the Upper West Side

Some of the good press involves popular places opening outposts on the UWS and Columbus Circle, like Magnolia Bakery, GranDaisy Bakery, Mermaid Inn, Jacques Torres, Blue Ribbon Sushi and the soon-to-be-opened Shake Shack and Fatty Crab. I think Bar Boulud near Lincoln Center is worth a try. It got mixed reviews for the full menu, but there are great things there, particularly the charcuterie. Grom makes some mighty tasty gelato, but they seem to be opening stores downtown now.

Jun 19, 2008
Ghostly in Manhattan

Fun/Casual/Reasonable Bachelorette Dinner for 15

With a group that size you could rent out 'inoteca's downstairs wine cellar (on the LES.) They do it as a prix fixe, but I think it's pretty reasonable, and if my memory serves me right, the price included wine.

Jun 19, 2008
Ghostly in Manhattan