There are a few spots in town that are sure things when celebration calls, whether it be that special birthday, anniversary or wedding proposal. At the top of the list: legendary chef David Bouley’s flagship restaurant, Bouley in TriBeCa.
From the moment one steps into the restaurant, the senses are seduced, with fresh apples lining the walls in the vestibule and filling the hall with an orchard of fragrance. In the dining room, a roaring fireplace, landscape paintings and elaborate flower arrangements welcome diners under cavernous ceilings. And where else can you experience “chariot service” — carts roving the room full of fresh-baked bread, cheese and a dizzying array of digestifs.
It’s the kind of atmosphere that encourages splurging. Do it on the Japanese Kobe mille-feuille with toasted garlic and handmade herbal gnocchi, so special it is only offered on the tasting menu, and at a $50 supplement to the already extravagant $170 six-course tasting menu. The buttery beef and pillowy gnocchi make perfect companions, with the crunch of garlic slivers and a tinge of eye-opening wasabi to snap you out of a reverie.
David Bouley just unveiled his newly refurbished open, Zen-style green kitchen, with a pod-shaped, energy-efficient grill and fog-free dishwashers. An exceptional venue for producing extraordinary dishes perfect for that unique occasion.
163 Duane St.