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What's going on with Bouley?

mash1982 Aug 15, 2013 07:54 AM

For my anniversary I reserved Bouley and was very excited about our upcoming meal, wanted to go there for a really long time. All of a sudden yesterday I got a call saying that they will be closed because of some renovation! I was so shocked that I didn't even asked any questions.
They called me 3 days before my reservation to let me know? Really?
Very disappointed and upset because now all my plans for Saturday are ruined!

  1. ellenost Aug 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    According to OpenTable, Bouley is taking reservations starting Tuesday, August 20. Bouley is one of my favorite restaurants, and I hope the OP gives them another chance. Very disappointing that the restaurant waited until 3 days prior to inform the OP that the restaurant would be closed. I usually dine at Bouley for my birthday, and I would have also had a reservation for tomorrow night. I would have been extremely annoyed to find out 3 days prior that the restaurant would be closed.

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    1. re: ellenost
      foodwhisperer Aug 16, 2013 08:53 PM

      I went by Bouley last night, They are redoing the whole kitchen. All new equipment, i have no idea why. They are opening next week I was told by the employees.

      1. re: ellenost
        janethepain Aug 17, 2013 05:16 AM

        Me too! I would have booked my annual birthday lunch here for today, good thing we didn't this time. Happy birthday!

        1. re: janethepain
          ellenost Aug 17, 2013 07:08 AM

          Happy Birthday to you too! Enjoy your day!

      2. f
        foodwhisperer Aug 15, 2013 03:35 PM

        Go to Jungsik, even though it's in Tribeca, the food is better than Bouley

        1. b
          Barcelonian Aug 15, 2013 11:40 AM

          Some restaurants use that as an excuse when they have a last minute buy-out. I'm very surprised they didn't try to reschedule you. Sounds shady.

          1. Monica Aug 15, 2013 11:30 AM

            After spending more than $300 for lunch, I had one of the most awakward meals of my life so I won't be sad to see the place go.

            1. m
              mash1982 Aug 15, 2013 10:06 AM

              what's even more strange is that one of the yelp reviews from Aug 1 describes the same situation! his reservation also got canceled due to renovation!

              1. kosmose7 Aug 15, 2013 09:23 AM

                Additionally on Sat. Aug 17th ,

                Jean Georges (5:00pm, 5:30pm)

                Marea (9:00pm)

                The Modern - Dining Room (5:30pm, 5:45pm)

                Del Posto (4:30pm, 5:00pm, 10:00pm, 10:30pm)


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                1. re: kosmose7
                  mash1982 Aug 15, 2013 10:07 AM

                  Jean Georges would be too expensive
                  and the rest is not that exciting for my taste

                  1. re: mash1982
                    rrems Aug 15, 2013 01:07 PM

                    <and the rest is not that exciting for my taste>

                    Bouley is the only higher-end restaurant that is "exciting"? Nothing else would do? Forgive the expression, but I find that a bit hard to swallow. There are some excellent suggestions here.

                    1. re: rrems
                      mash1982 Aug 18, 2013 03:50 AM

                      Yes. And I've been to every restaurant that was suggested above except Jean Georges, and didn't find them exciting enough for a speacial occasion. I can even tell you that I hated Del Posto. People's tastes are different, learn to deal with it.

                      1. re: mash1982
                        alepenazzi Aug 18, 2013 07:31 AM

                        Have you tried Jungsik or Atera?
                        I believe Bouley and Daniel are the least exciting of all the top restaurant of NY...
                        Maybe you should consider giving an other shot to those other restaurants..

                    2. re: mash1982
                      deprofundis Aug 17, 2013 10:05 AM

                      Bouley is not that great, and it's steeply expensive.

                  2. sgordon Aug 15, 2013 09:11 AM

                    Oh, wow. Weird. Must have been something rather sudden - when you look at them on opentable it says "restaurant offline"

                    A few higher-end places I'm seeing listed with openings for that night, though, for a last-minute change. In alphabetical order: Ai Fiori, Aquavit, Café Boulud (late tables only), Craft, Del Posto (late only), Gramercy Tavern, Jungsik... All obviously different, but all could be anniversary-worthy.

                    1. k
                      kathryn Aug 15, 2013 07:58 AM

                      Did you get a chance to reschedule with them?

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                      1. re: kathryn
                        mash1982 Aug 15, 2013 08:43 AM

                        no, they didn't even offer to reschedule, and I was to upset to think about it

                        1. re: mash1982
                          kathryn Aug 15, 2013 09:07 AM

                          Argh, how frustrating! I would call them back ASAP to try to reschedule.

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                        Scott_C Aug 15, 2013 07:55 AM

                        First Corton, now Bouley. Maybe it's a Tribeca thing.

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