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What's going on with Bouley?

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!

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

    1. Did you get a chance to reschedule with them?

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      1. re: kathryn

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

        1. re: mash1982

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

      2. 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. 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

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

            1. re: mash1982

              <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

                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

                  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

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

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

                    1. 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

                        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

                          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

                            Happy Birthday to you too! Enjoy your day!