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dishes at gramercy, bar boulud?

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sgilliga Sep 24, 2008 10:35 AM

Hello,

I will be in town this weekend and have reservations at Gramercy Tavern and Bar Boulud. Any recommendations for particular dishes? Thanks!

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    kathryn Sep 24, 2008 11:11 AM

    For Gramercy Tavern, assuming you're going to eat dinner there, at formal room (since you have reservations), there are a number of nice items. BTW, you can switch in an item from the tasting menu if you're ordering the prix fixe meal and vice versa.

    The lemon risotto with fennel and clams is excellent and not too heavy or creamy. The warm vegetable and farro salad is also very hearty and good. Also like the lamb parpardelle (just make sure you don't order the lamb for your main as well) and rack of pork (really tender because they cook it sous vide). I also liked the braised lamb shoulder but it got a little monotonous after a while. The steak or rack of pork are much better.

    Save room for dessert! The chocolate bread pudding is great. So are the petit fours: plum jelly, blueberry-almond cake, and chocolate-peanut butter bon bon. Yum!

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      RGR Sep 24, 2008 12:23 PM

      At Bar Boulud, no question: charcuterie.

      http://www.danielnyc.com/barboulud/ba...

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        cimui Sep 24, 2008 06:41 PM

        Ok, I've eaten my way through an embarrassingly large part of the Bar Boulud menu. Conventional wisdom (based on the NYT review) has it that the charcuterie is the best thing on the menu. Having sampled each and every one they have on offer right now, I agree: They are good. But also excellent are the boudin noir and blanc (esp. noir), butter poached halibut, arctic char, poached cod, diver scallops (in roughly that order). I've never had overcooked fish, there. The cauliflower gratin side is beautifully made, simple comfort food. The fig tart for dessert is... wow... just really good. And I'm not even a dessert person.

        I haven't tried any of the red meat entrees or coq au vin, though a dining companion's coq au vin smelled so lovely on a recent visit, I had to try really hard not to look longingly at it while she ate. ;)

        In general, Bar Boulud has a solid menu.

        (Haven't been to GT for over a year, now, so I am probably not very qualified to talk about it.)

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          pilches Sep 25, 2008 12:59 PM

          Just ate at GT Saturday night. The lamb papardelle was delicious as was the glazed duck. The standout was the chocolate bread pudding. I'm not a true chocolate lover, but it was amazing.

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            emgoodman Sep 26, 2008 02:06 PM

            I second the charcuterie at Bar Boulud. I had the sampler last weekend and it was terrific. The rest of our dishes were fine, although nothing was as amazing as the charcuterie.

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              cricri7 Sep 26, 2008 04:20 PM

              I had the steak tartare at Bar Boulud and really liked it. I also liked their wine list of wines by the glass. They are affordable and great!

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                Simon Sep 26, 2008 09:44 PM

                i like the place and am planning on posting a longer review soon......but i don't know if i'd say 18/glass for perfectly-solid-but-not-great wine deserves praise as "affordable"!...my nutshell impression is very-nice-but-overpriced...

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                  cricri7 Sep 27, 2008 06:20 AM

                  I went to Bar Boulud last March and there were affordable choices on the wine list. I had a Cotes-du-Rhone for 9$ that was very good. I don't remember the name but I tried finding it in Montreal but they don't sell it here. I had another glass, an Italian wine, at 14$ and I preferred the one that cost 9$. The prices must have gone up in the 6 last months. Sorry for the false information:(

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