I don't have first-hand experience with Bouley Bakery,
but didn't they get a 4-star review from the Times
last week? That about says it all for me!
As for Mario Batali, he had an aneurysm. He underwent
emergency brain surgery and, according to a report in
the Times, is doing very well.
re: pat hammond
re: jonathan gold
Jonathan: I am NOT a medical professional. That
said,let me explain that I'm a fan of Batali, on TVFN
as well as at Babbo. Whenever I saw him on TV, it
occurred to me that with the inherent stress and
frenetic lifestyle of his chosen profession, and the
fact that he is overweight, I had concerns about his
I sincerely hope I didn't sound flippant in the
previous post. I hadn't heard about the aneurysm and
am glad things are looking up. pat
re: pat hammond
Bouley Bakery *really* impressed me. The food was excellent and I wish I had heeded the advice I was given to skip appetizers and have more bread. The bread is beyond imagination and they give you quite a selection as well as both salted and sweet butter. The desserts are very good but beware: we each got a big bowl of fresh sorbets (and one scoop of homemade frozen vanilla yogurt which complimented the fruit sorbets very well) as a freebie so we left feeling too stuffed. I would say split an appetizer and split a dessert and then each have your own entree and you'll be fine.
One note: I had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated and I have heard of others being seated even later than that so make your res. a little earlier than normal perhaps.