What it’s like to eat at Bouley, the best restaurant in America

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Each plate at Bouley is beautifully prepared.
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TripAdvisor just released its list of the top 25 restaurants in the US, and Bouley in New York City came in at number one.

Originally opened in 1987 by Chef David Bouley in New York’s hip Tribeca neighborhood, the Michelin-starred restaurant has become a premier dining destination for upscale French cuisine.

From its stunning decor to its eclectic and beautiful French-inspired dishes, see what makes Bouley such a special dining experience.


Bouley is located in New York City’s hip Tribeca neighborhood.

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There are shelves of fresh apples displayed at the restaurant’s entrance.

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There is also a waiting area decorated with plush antique furniture, fresh flowers, and a small lounge.

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The restaurant’s Main Dining Room features vaulted ceilings, warm textures, and a fireplace made from the same stone quarry that was used to build the Château de Versailles.

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There is also the intimate Red Room, which features warm Venetian stucco walls, vaulted ceilings, and cozy dim lighting.

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Every part of the restaurant, from the front entrance to the restroom, is adorned with beautiful details that make the setting as unforgettable as the food.

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Before the meal, waiters serve diners a selection of breads that are baked daily on the premises. Bread selections include everything from pistachio and apple raisin to fig and rosemary.

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Guests can consult the in-house sommeliers and choose from a selection of 40,000 different wines.

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Diners have the option between ordering a la carte, opting for a three-course fixed menu for $125, or trying the six-course chef’s tasting menu for $185. Adding the wine pairings cost more.

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Each plate is beautifully and elegantly plated. The dishes are as visually appealing as they are tasty.

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Bouley emphasizes the use of fresh seasonal products. In summer, for example, the menu features in-season heirloom tomatoes in its tomato confit.

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Truffles feature heavily on the menu in autumn. A can’t-miss dish here is the Porcini flan served with Alaskan dungeness crab and black truffle dashi.

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A popular appetizer is the Organic Connecticut farm egg served with Serrano ham, steamed polenta, artichoke, and a coconut garlic broth.

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Or blinis stuffed with Scottish smoked salmon, white truffle honey, and salmon trout roe.

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Entrees range from succulent duck to miso marinated black cod served with smoked milk foam, kumquat puree, and toasted buckwheat.

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Those who prefer vegetables can sample dishes like a warm mushroom compote made with coconut foam, garlic, and three different kinds of mushrooms.

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At the end of the meal, an array of cookies, chocolates, and sweets are served for dessert with a selection of coffees and teas.

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This collection of jellies, chocolate, and cookies is known as Mignardises and is sometimes served in an ornate box to take home.

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