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Bouley vs. something else?

af_eats Jan 4, 2010 12:38 PM

This is for my boyfriend's 30th. I really wanted to do it on Saturday night, and Daniel is booked. We could do friday but Saturday is preferable -- unless someone tells me I'm an idiot to go to Bouley over Daniel.

Or other suggestions? Aureole? We're doing a seafood thing on Thursday night so Le Bernardin is probably out...


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  1. ellenost RE: af_eats Jan 4, 2010 07:02 PM

    Bouley is wonderful! I had a terrific birthday celebration at Bouley in August. I am looking forward to my next visit.

    1. hcbk0702 RE: af_eats Jan 4, 2010 07:12 PM

      I don't think Bouley's food is even remotely close to the likes of Daniel and Le Bernardin. Between Bouley and Daniel, I'd easily take Daniel. But I'd probably take Le Bernardin over Daniel if given that choice.

      1. Spiritchaser RE: af_eats Jan 5, 2010 03:33 AM

        I was a big fan of Bouley but lately I am not real happy with them, it's been awhile but I still like the old location better and the menu has been getting a little long in the tooth.

        Daniel is easily one of your favorites and I would lean heavily towards going there if given a choice. If you are set on Saturday some other suggestions (if available of course):

        The Modern
        Jean George

        Admittedly I have not been to the "new" Aureole and although I loved the "old" place I still don't hold it in the same regard as the other restaurants mentioned.

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        1. re: Spiritchaser
          ellenost RE: Spiritchaser Jan 5, 2010 05:59 AM

          I had a great meal at EMP for New Year's Eve; I had a mediocre meal at The Modern three weeks ago (food was fine, service wasn't). I haven't been to the new Aureole (even though I was a big fan of the old Aureole); I heard that Charlie Palmer changed much of his front of house staff which is a shame since they were the best part of the restaurant.

          1. re: ellenost
            Spiritchaser RE: ellenost Jan 5, 2010 06:11 AM

            A shame about your meal at The Modern but since I can only comment on my experience it still easily ranks among the best I've had in NYC, and (I thought I would never say this) better than my last meal at EMP.

          2. re: Spiritchaser
            Wilfrid RE: Spiritchaser Jan 5, 2010 06:13 AM

            The main challenge is finding something available on Saturday, but I'd suggest your best choices are Corton and Eleven Madison Park.

            1. re: Wilfrid
              af_eats RE: Wilfrid Jan 5, 2010 04:51 PM

              Thanks for the feedback. Eleven Madison has no tables and I have been there (would prefer something new to me, too). Going to stick with Bouley, probably get the tasting... will report back.

              1. re: af_eats
                ellenost RE: af_eats Jan 5, 2010 04:56 PM

                I had the tasting menu for my birthday, and I loved it! Have a great time!

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