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Apr 26, 2010 12:47 PM

Birthday Dinner Quandry - Bouley vs. Corton

So my fiancee is taking me out to dinner on Saturday night for my birthday and I am trying to decide between Bouley and Corton. I've eaten at most restaurants in the city but these are two that I haven't had the luxury of trying and really looking forward to. My tastes tend to be fairly progressive with a penchant for good seafood. Wine list isn't terribly important but new and innovative food is. That said, I also like variety and a bigger section. If you've eaten at one or both of the above, would appreciate feedback from recent visits - both pros and cons.

239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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  1. While I haven't yet dined at Corton, I've dined a number of times at Bouley, and I've always had a wonderful time at Bouley. I find the food, decor and service to be wonderful. I'm heading back to Bouley in two weeks for a celebratory dinner.

    1. I know my good friend ellenost is a huge fan of Bouley. I've only eaten there once (lunch), and while the food was fine, it didn't bowl me over. The interior decor is sumptuously beautiful.

      We've had dinner twice at Corton. Both times, the food was superb. If you're looking for innovation, I think you will enjoy Chef Liebrandt's very complex cuisine. Corton's decor is the antithesis of Bouley's opulence; nevertheless, I found its spareness quite pleasing.

      During our first dinner, I left the photography to someone in our party with far superior skills than mine:

      Subsequently, the restaurant decided to impose a ban on photography; ergo, no photos of our second dinner.

      1. I've been to both many times, and there is no comparison. Go to Corton.

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: edwardspk

          I agree.

          I stopped going to Bouley a while ago. Just doesn't deliver, especially the tasting menu which is surprising. Worked best when it was just a bakery. Went to Corton for the first time last night, and had a great time. The tasting menu is dazzling if a bit overwhelming.

          Between these two, it's no contest, but I would consider the tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park as an even better choice unless you count it among the places you've already experienced. Corton is worth a try as long as you're prepared for the complexity--each course is very complicated and has a lot happening, not all of which really harmonizes, but it's definitely an experience worth having.

          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        2. Both restaurant are great. Chef Bouley is amazing and always is in the kitchen. I will pick Bouley.