Cafe Boulud

Almost every season of Restaurant Week, the Boyfriend and I try to pick one restaurant to go to. We usually end up picking somewhere a little out of our normal price range. This season, we went with Cafe Boulud, located on the Upper East Side.

After we were seated, we were given menus to look over. They include both the Restaurant Week prix fixe menu and their regular a la carte menu so you don’t have to ask specifically for either one. Their RW menu includes 3 options for appetizers, entrees and dessert. After we ordered, we were presented with the Amuse-bouche of truffle risotto balls, which were served hot and crunchy. They were pretty good and I probably could’ve sat there and eaten a whole plate of them!

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I opted for the Duck Terrine, which was served with whole grain mustard, pickled vegetables and toasted sourdough bread. The terrine was very good – it was quite smooth and not too salty at all. I wished there was more sourdough to go with it though.

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The Boyfriend opted for the Escarole Salad, which contained grilled red onions, sunflower seeds, shaved sunchokes tossed in a parmesan vinaigrette. We both thoroughly enjoyed this salad. We don’t often rave about salads because it is a pretty standard appetizer but this one was very fresh and light.

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For my entree, I went with the Pan Seared Trout, which is served with winter bean fricassee, black olives and lemon zest. I loved it! The trout was seared to a perfect color – just a tad pink on the inside. The skin was crispy while the inside was soft and melted in my mouth. I’m usually not a big fan of beans, but the fricassee was pretty good.

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The Boyfriend opted for the Rutabaga Agnolotti, which are little dumplings served with a brown butter, cranberry, and ricotta salata sauce. The portion size was pretty small – but then again a lot of French dishes are small. It’s a good size for lunch but definitely not enough to fill up for dinner.

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And finally, it’s time for my favorite part of any meal – the dessert! I opted for the Citrus Tart, which is served with blood orange sorbet. I loved it! The combination of the tartness from the citrus was cut by the sweetness of the blood orange sorbet. Together, it was a little bit sour and a little bit sweet in each bite.

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The Boyfriend went with the Red Velvet Gateaux, which was gorgeous to behold. The piece of cake was served with toasted almond ice cream, which helped to temper the sweetness of the red velvet. I liked that they didn’t use cream cheese like in all other red velvet cakes I’ve had – this one was light and delicious.

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Halfway through our dessert, we were presented with a complimentary small basket of Madeleines, which were served nice and toasty. Iย ย loved them!ย 

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Service was prompt and we never sat too long with empty dishes. I do wish that the service wasn’t as prompt because we ended up feeling a bit rushed throughout our meal. The food was very good, but I do wish we had more time to enjoy it and the atmosphere.

Curry-Ya

The Boyfriend and I were craving something warm and comforty since the cold weather is here. This led us to Curry-Ya for some delicious Japanese curry. Like their neighbor, Hi-Collar, their seating consists of just one bar with stools. They cook right in front of you in an open kitchen – you can actually see the three chefs working!

The Boyfriend went with their Curry-Ya Original Plain Curry ($8.00) with a Mini Berkshire Pork Katsu ($4.50). Each order of curry is served with a generous portion of white rice and your curry on the side in a sauce pitcher. You get to control the amount of curry you want and where you want it. And man was that curry good! It was very flavorful and really hit the spot for some comfort food. The mild wasn’t spicy at all – there was a small kick.

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I went with their Hambaga Stew ($13.00), which features a homemade hamburger steak in their own demi-glaze sauce with shredded cheddar cheese on top. Everything is put into a cast-iron pot and put directly over the stove. You also get a generous portion of rice on a big plate so you can scoop as much sauce onto it as you want. The hamburger steak was so delicious! It tasted like a very good and well made Salisbury Steak, which is one of my favorite meals. The rice portion was definitely more than enough to fill me up – I actually didn’t finish!

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Service was quick and attentive. We were actually out of there faster than we thought – despite it’s small size, the chefs here can cook pretty fast! I’ll definitely be back – next time I think I’ll get a curry dish!