MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Fans of the acclaimed chef will instantly recognize the unmistakable trademark marking the entrance to Bouley at Home—a progressive and ingenious concept from the chef extraordinaire himself—David Bouley. His multi-dimensional and highly refined "home" is no small feat, showcasing a foyer scented with apple-lined walls and dining room with display kitchens as well as a cooking school. As they say, go big or go home. The polished main room may be brightly lit, and at times, noisy, but a seat at one of the three counters will put you eye-to-eye with the team in action. The chefs are the servers here, and there’s ample communication about the cuisine. If you’re intrigued by a dish, you can even learn how to make it in the on-site kitchen. As for the cuisine itself, Chef Bouley has always managed to integrate his philosophy of nutrition and healing into his food, and here he does it again with great ease. Dinner might begin with a soothing porcini mushroom flan topped with Alaskan Dungeness crab. Then move on to eggplant terrine tucked with a purée of red bell peppers, before closing out over Long Island duck breast set over polenta and paired with pruneaux d'Agen-studded wild rice.