Sunday, 30 May 2010

Bouley in New York

Sunday night in New York city...On Sunday, May 23rd we had a gastronomic adventure that may never be repeated.

We had the good fortune to meet a cousin and her husband for the first time, and joined them at their friend David Bouley's restaurant. Our time with them was absolutely wonderful. It was great to get to know them, and learn about them. They are a terrific couple and we enjoyed every minute of our time with them. The food, and our dining experience was also an absolutely incredible adventure.  There is a lot I can say about the experience.

Where to start?

First of all, the decor. The foyer of the restaurant is decorated with shelves of apples giving you a welcome greeting of apple scented air when you enter. Bouley's is filled with French influence on both of its levels.

The downstairs private dining room is patterned with stones from Versailles and wide antique doors from France, which have the fleur de lis open into the private dining room. Beams from 1751 that Bouley found in the village of Salernes are in the lobby of the restaurant.

The art of Wouter Dolk adourns the walls of the restaurant. Bouley also had arches made for the ceilings of the main floor. Many of the dining tables are round, as was the one the six of us sat at. All of the tables had fresh boquets of roses, sweet peas and peonies. Tall tapered candles lit each table.
Even the bathroom was an interesting room with stalls the size of large and elegant change rooms. Each room had large antique doors. The large outer room had beautiful sinks mirrors and plush chairs to rest in.

Here I am, at the end of the post and I haven't even talked about the food...which was the most amazing part of the visit.

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