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Bar Boulud

In Food on July 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

This past Sunday I joined a few friends for a late brunch at Bar Boulud. There aren’t a great deal of good restaurants in the Lincoln Center area, as most of them are overrun with tourists. But you can differentiate Bar Boulud from a place like Cafe Fiorello, which is right next door. Daniel Boulud is a mastermind when it comes to offering patrons moderately priced French fare of the highest quality.

We started with a small assorted charcuterie plate. This place is known for their expert charcuterie. House made pate to die for, terrines, headcheese, rilletes, pickled carrots, celery remoulade, grainy mustard, and cornichons. We had the Lapin De Garrique, which was Provençal pulled rabbit with carrots, zucchini and herbs. Absolutely savory! Another one of my favorites was the Compote de Joue de Boeuf, shredded slow-braised beef cheek with onion confit and pistachio. The charcuterie plates are accompanied with these deliciously sweet carrots and coriander beets.

We also ordered the shrimp salad with pickled ramps over buttery bibb lettuce and buttermilk dressing on top. The shrimp were perfectly cooked but my favorite were the sweet heirloom tomatoes.

At this point we were still hungry so we ordered the Fromage plate, a selection of  5 cheeses. We had a blue cheese that was sharp and not too salty. My favorite was the tomme de savoie, which is an earthy mild, semi-firm cow’s milk cheese. We also had a stinky cheese, a sheep’s milk cheese, and a bloomy cheese. The bloomy cheese had a buttery yellow and sweet cream interior.

If you find yourself in this area you should definitely stop by Bar Boulud, whether it is for lunch, dinner, or even a late night snack. The food is excellent and reasonably priced for a Daniel Boulud restaurant. Plus they have a wonderful wine selection. The waiters are very knowledgeable about the wine list and will help you pick one out that won’t  break the bank.  This is a charming little place!

1900 Broadway
(between 63rd St & 64th St)
New York, NY 10023
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

(212) 595-0303

 

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