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Aug 18, 2010 12:06 PM

Bibou tasting menu

Going to Bibou this week. Have already had the delicious pig's foot, escargot, and foie gras during a previous visit.

How is the tasting menu? Recommended? Or stay a la carte?


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  1. It depends on how many people you're going with, whether they are into sharing everything and how much control you have over what everybody orders. Everyone will get the same 7 courses with the tasting menu, so if you're going with a group of 4 you can taste more things if you order a la carte. But if you're alone or with one other person, the tasting menu will let you taste more things. However, some of the items on the tasting menu (at least when I had it) weren't on the regular menu.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      Thanks! It will just be me and one other person. So I was figuring splitting two entrees, two appetizers, and one desert - "a five course" meal.

      Anything on the tasting menu not on the regular menu particularly exciting?

      1. re: FattyFatMan

        It's been a long time since I had it, no doubt the menu you get will be totally different. But when I got it, it was I think 5 courses from the regular menu plus 2 that weren't on the regular menu. The one of those that stood out was a gazpacho.

        If you're comfortable there, ask to sit at the little bar by the kitchen, watching them work in the kitchen is fun.

    2. Have been there once every 3-4 weeks since it opened. Have never had tasting menu as too much food for me. An app and entree works fine. Last time in earlier this month had veal tongue for app, fabulous; octopus for entree, even better, and the corn soup for dessert. Charlotte was in top form as was Pierre and was great night. Escargot with the fava beans never did it for me, maybe too gentle, need bigger flavors, guess l'm goofy as everyone else seems to love it. Last time in with the owner of Blue Moon farms and a NY chef had just about everything on menu for the four of us and most everything was stellar.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Disappointed this place is closed during my visit - Charlotte was SUPER friendly and helpful both via E-mail and on the phone.

        1. re: uhockey

          Love, love Charlotte--------------when you're back and going there, would defintely go! They are the feel like you are in France

        1. I was looking for a different thread to reply to where there was a discussion about the 7-course tasting menu but I can't find it. Anyway, I was at Bibou recently and I asked Charlotte about the tasting menu and whether you can just order it whenever, or if it has to be pre-ordered, or what. She said that if you are sitting at the counter (the 2 seats in front of the kitchen), you can order the 7-course tasting any time if you want it with no advance notice. If you are sitting at a table, you have to let her know beforehand (preferably when you make the reservation) that you'd like to do the 7-course tasting.