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163 Duane St., nr. Hudson St. (Tribeca)
New York, NY
(1) 212-964-2525 | www.davidbouley.com
BEST FORDinner; lunch
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 22-45; USD 46-53
FAMOUS PLATESPorcini flan; Chatham codfish; organic Colorado rack of lamb
DRINKS AND WINEVaried wine list; full bar
# OF SEATS100 in main dining room
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYChambers St.-West Broadway (1, 2, 3); Chambers St.-Church St. (A, C)
David Bouley's flagship is designed to whet the appetite with warm, pleasing colors and vaulted, arched ceilings (we love the rows and rows of apples on the wall that greet one upon entering the restaurant). The sense of space and elegance of the table settings are matched by the beauty of the food served here. The seasonal menus have garnered loyalty from those who come for the all-natural and fresh ingredients used in the dishes, from an organic Connecticut farm egg to Cape Cod black sea bass seamed with heirloom cherry tomato salad. While the food may come fresh from a farm, the surroundings and the clientele evoke simple French sophistication.
Sophisticated business types and well-heeled New Yorkers.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
A chic, understated dress with fabulous heels and a gorgeous bag.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; colleagues; family; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
The display of apples as you enter really gives you a sense of the agricultural abundance to come. The fresh ingredients and attentive, unobtrusive service make for a wonderful dining experience.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
The restaurant's tasting menu is perfect for sampling the best of what's on offer (luncheon tasting is available for USD 55, and dinner tasting menu is available for USD 175, with specialty menus (at different prices) offered on holidays). Add the wine pairing option, and the result is nothing short of divine.
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