Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Urban Eats @ Bouchon Bakery & Cafe, NYC

I just revisited one of my favourite lunch spots yesterday and thought I would update and re-post my entry on Bouchon Bakery in New York City. I love to grab a window seat on this mezzanine-level restaurant overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park and just soak up being in this city. The wait list can be long, so I recommend putting your name down and having a take-out coffee and dessert from the cafe first while you wait for your table. The homemade Oreo-style TKO sandwich cookie is a must. The desserts and macarons really do try to steal the show here.

Yes, we are a little addicted to Bouchon and Thomas Keller on both coasts.  We LOVED the coffee so much at their Las Vegas restaurant, that we jumped at the chance to visit The Bouchon Bakery inside The Time Warner Centre at Columbus Circle. 
For lunch, I split the Chicken Soup with Herb Dumplings ($11.50) with my husband. The soup itself could be your lunch, but our server was nice enough to bring us two bowls. The broth was incredibly flavourful and not too salty. The herb dumplings were soft and perfectly poached with generous chunks of dark meat chicken and vegetables that floated along in the soup.
Next up was The Roasted Turkey Sandwich on Stirato ($13.50) served with a Salade Maraichere and Cornichons. The bread was incredibly fresh and the sandwich is real roast turkey and not that cold cus stuff - it's Thomas Keller, not Subway. The sandwich is complimented with smoked gouda, tomato marmalade and a cilantro-almond aioli.
Paul ordered the Wagyu Beef Brisket Reuben on Caraway Rye ($14) which I am totally ordering next time.  This sandwich was melt in your mouth goodness with some serious beef, sauerkraut, cheddar cheese and Russian dressing.  If you are going to go big, do it with Wagyu beef is what I say.
On our most recent visit, Paul ordered the Croque Madame with French ham, Gruyère cheese and a sunny side egg with sauce mornay on brioche ($17.95). Like a French Sloppy Joe, it's everything you would want in a creamy cheesy sandwich. 
My Tuna Tartine ($13.50) had tuna salad piled high to the max. I felt really bad scraping half of it off and pushing it off to the side. It was a healthy choice with niçoise olives, bibb lettuce & garlic aïoli with sliced egg & radishes on pain de campagne. However the whole thing wasn't overly spectacular and I probably wouldn't order this one again.
Goodies from the take-out cafe
Bouchon Bakery is still a refreshing place for lunch with lots of comfort food classics made ten times better. Make sure you try their coffee and pick up a bag of Whole Coffee Beans to take home with you. They are also very famous for their Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese ($13).  When you have dropped after all you have shopped, head here and schedule a walk in Central Park across the street after lunch. Seating is somewhat limited, so do make sure you call ahead for reservations. Bon Appetit!
10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Centre NYC
(212) 823-9366

1 comment:

  1. I tried to get some baked goodies at the Rockefeller location but it was so busy (mind you, I was there during the Christmas holidays). Everything looks so good.