I recently went to the one star Michelin rated restaurant Bouley at Home located in the Flatiron district in New York City. For those who may not know, a Michelin star is a highly coveted award given to restaurants who are at the top of their gastronomy game.

This is the second Michelin star rated restaurant I have visited, the first being Peter Luger in Brooklyn, New York. And for those of you who read the recent New York Times piece on Peter Luger, I strongly agree. The name or popularity of a restaurant does not always mean the food is excellent, sometimes it is just hype or propaganda, but I digress. And so my question was whether Bouley at Home was truly deserving of a Michelin star.

What I Wore-I went during the lunch hours on a Saturday so I opted for a snakeskin print, long sleeve body-con dress by Leith and brown suede boots by Steve Madden. I also wore my Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch.

Below you’ll find my rating for the following categories: Ambiance, Service, and Food. On a scale from 1-5, 5 reflects excellent and 1 indicates poor/needs improvement.

Ambiance– I give it a 3.75 out of 5. The dining room has an old world, antique charm; however, the test kitchen, is modern and updated.

Service-4 out of 5! The wait staff were very professional, attentive, and pleasant! However, I had to ask their names as they did not formally introduce themselves. The General Manager, Stephane Dorian was friendly and welcoming. 

Food-5 out of 5. The food was excellent and can I say excellent four more times! I opted for the 5-course meal and the flavor pairings were absolutely delicious.

  • First course- Malibu Sea Urchin, Green Apple Cloud, Golden Osetra Caviar
  • Second Course-Black Truffle Dashi Flan
  • Third Course- Homemade Gnocchi with Beef, Blue Kale, and  Black Truffle
  • Fourth Course- Pineapple Granita
  • Fifth course- Le Vacherin, Raspberries, and Lychee
Black Sea Bass
Kuzu Crisps with Aligote Purée and Amuse Bouchée

Additionally, the executive chef and pastry chef sent me bonus dishes during my entire time there which included-kuzu crisps with aligote purée and amuse bouchée; pan seared black sea bass, mushrooms, asparagus with a coconut and black truffle reduction; coconut soup pineapple granita with vanilla ice cream and exotic fruit sorbet.

Le Vacherin, Raspberries, and Lychee
Pineapple Granita

All and all, I highly recommend Bouley at Home. Often times people are dissuaded from going to a fancy restaurant because they think they will leave hungry because of the small portions.  However, I can confirm that I left Bouley at Home full and ready for a nap. The experience and food at Bouley at Home was definitely worthy of a Michelin star.

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