- Zion Aug 7, 2006 11:08 PM
What do you think of Bouchon B? besides the samsung sign....the whole mall bit etc....
Bouchon is pricey because of the location, but they do use the top quality ingredients in everything. I'm no pastry virgin and I love it! Eating at the cafe I would reccommend any of the salads and sandwiches. They are nicely presented and the service is gracious. I think the pastries and cookies, etc. are just as good at the retail store as in the restaurant (not always true of the sandwiches). It's worth a trip, even if the Samsung sign is a bit ridiculous.
I agree with Lutkie. I place it in the same category as 'Wichcraft--not in the quality sense, but in the sense that I usually feel like I'm paying a little bit more than I should be, but end up being just fine with that given the delicious tastes and fresh ingredients.
I was never a big fan of macarons till I tried them at Bouchon Bakery--go for the caramel!
Also, as nice as the sit-down service is at BB, I prefer to pick up from their takeout counter and walk over to the Park--the perfect centerpiece of a perfect New York summer day.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed eating there. A friend and I celebrated her birthday at lunch there recently (in fact, we celebrated at dinner, too, but that is another story) and we had a fine time.
We sat at the communal table, which occasioned a string of questions from the hostess, struck us kind of funny. Do you want to sit near the window or away? Near. Side-by-side or across from each other? Side by side. Do you want to face this direction or that direction? She was very nice and we all laughed.
We both had a most excellent seafood salad with tender-crisp shrimps, squid, lovely bits of scallop and Peekytoe crab. Every bite was great, and perfectly dressed. Should be at $18.95, but we were pretty happy, despite one mean leaf of mache. Sheesh, can I have another leaf? Thanks? Tart cherry crèmes brulee tarts for dessert, quite nice enough, although I can generally skip dessert.
I'd gladly go back.
I've only eaten at the counter. If only mall food were more like this! Their croissant and counter service are both excellent. For a stark contrast in quality, try a lackluster croissant at recently opened Tisserie. The macaroons are like the ones provided after dinner at Per Se. That is, the last time I went, which was a while ago.