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veralouise Feb 28, 2012 01:15 PM

Annual birthday dinner coming up - deciding between Bouley and Corton - because we haven't been to either one. Does Bouley still measure up to its reputation?

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  1. ellenost RE: veralouise Feb 28, 2012 01:25 PM

    Yes, Bouley still measures up to it reputation. Bouley is one of my most favorite restaurants anywhere; fantastic food, gorgeous room and attentive service. I've been to Corton too, and think it is excellent. The food at Corton is more "cutting edge" and adventurous. Bouley's food is more classic French. The room at Corton is white and chic; Bouley's dining room is filled with color and flowers. Service at Corton is very professional. I think you will be happy with either restaurant.

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    Corton
    239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

    Bouley
    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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      edwardspk RE: ellenost Feb 28, 2012 03:21 PM

      ellenost hits the nail on the head (as usual!). Both will make you happy - it just depends on whether you're in the mood for a more classic feel or a more modern feel. I like them both and seriously doubt you will walk out of either one wishing you had chosen the other.

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        ellenost RE: edwardspk Feb 28, 2012 03:47 PM

        Thanks!

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          gutsofsteel RE: ellenost Feb 28, 2012 06:33 PM

          ellenost, I'm headed to Bouley for lunch (weekday) soon...any current recommendations for/on the lunch menu? I haven't been in quite a while.

          Thanks.

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            ellenost RE: gutsofsteel Feb 28, 2012 07:16 PM

            I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not been to Bouley for lunch, but looking at the lunch menu that is listed on the website I do see a number of my favorites from the dinner menu: porcini flan; duck; chocolate souffle; and pear dessert. My sister has had the asparagus with the Comte cloud, and loved it so much she barely gave me a taste. I'm hoping to take my mother to Bouley for lunch in August for a birthday celebration so I'll look forward to your report.

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              nextguy RE: ellenost Feb 29, 2012 10:47 AM

              I have had each of those plates. The porcini flan is great, although I know of at least one diner that didn't like the texture. But it is a flan so I don't know what she was expecting. The asparagus and comte cloud is also very good but not as good. I haven't looked at the menu recently, but the farm egg with polenta was also very good.

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                ellenost RE: nextguy Feb 29, 2012 11:23 AM

                I didn't see the farm egg with polenta as part of the Lunch Tasting Menu, but I agree with you that it was excellent.

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                  nextguy RE: ellenost Feb 29, 2012 05:10 PM

                  I ordered it as a supplement and ended up getting it comped.

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