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Boulud Sud or Tocqueville?

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Who has the edge re: food, ambience, service, wine selection?
If you've been to both, which do prefer and why?

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Tocqueville
1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Boulud Sud
20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Tocqueville is smaller, quiet, more formal and has a shorter menu, essentially French/market-driven. Boulud Sud is big, buzzy, and has a long French-middle eastern menu.

    As for preference, I moderately like each of them, so it would depend on the occasion and - for me - whether I wanted to be uptown or downtown.

    Without checking the menus, I would think Tocqueville is more expensive too.

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    Tocqueville
    1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Boulud Sud
    20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

    3 Replies
    1. re: Wilfrid

      thanks wilfrid...i'm definitely not looking for 'moderately like'....
      definitely want 'wow'!...price isn't really an issue. neither is cuisine. we'll eat anything. leaning more towards 'buzzy & upbeat'...not so keen on the upper west side but happily will travel for food.
      coming in from toronto but been to nyc countless times. staying in soho.
      totally different but i'm booked at kin shop our first night. coming in beginning in november so a little limited re: reservations.
      what about gotham?
      another suggestion???

      1. re: todc1996

        We haven't been to Boulud Sud yet, but Tocqueville is one of our favorites. Our most recent meal there was lunch, and as always, the food was superb. However, as Wilfrid pointed out, it's not "buzzy," though not tomb-like either.

        Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        It's been ages since we've been to Gotham, so I can't personally comment on the quality of the food there currently. But Hounds who have been there recently and whose opinions I trust say that the food is excellent. And it would be on the "buzzy" side.

        I would highly recommend the new La Promenade des Anglais. The French/Mediterranean cuisine is delicious, there's an excellent wine list, service is pleasant and efficient, the decor is very attractive, and the vibe is definitely buzzy and upbeat.

        La Promenade photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        La Promenade des Anglais
        461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: RGR

          Promenade is a good suggestion. I think you might find Gotham a little tired.

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          Gotham Bar and Grill
          12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

          La Promenade des Anglais
          461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011