Bar Boulud, which is owned by the fame chef Daniel Boulud, serves seasonal French cuisine. During our visit this time, our daughter joined us as she was working in Manhattan on this particular Sunday. We all selected the price fixe dinner of two courses for $42. You also have the option of three courses for $52. My husband and daughter started off with a spring salad that included snap peas, sugar snap, favs beans, mesclun greens, goat cheese, radish drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette. I selected the pate du jour which was chicken liver mousse with cognac. It was luscious. The pate was served with frisée salad, fig jam and crusty French bread on which to spread the pate; it was divine.
For our entrees my daughter and I had the Lamb Navarin that was served with turnip, carrot, comes chateau and pearl onion. The lamb was fork tender and came with a lovely sauce. My husband opted for the housemade cavatelli that came with asparagus, hen of the woods, green garlic and Parmesan. He thoroughly enjoyed his pasta.
We passed on dessert. However, on our way back to the train, we stopped at Breads Bakery. I had seen a food show on PBS were the host visited Breads Bakery. What caught my attention during the show was the chocolate babka. How can you go wrong, bread and chocolate combined together! When we were home, my husband and I sampled a slice. It was heavenly. Babka is made by forming the dough into rolls then they are braided together. Although we were only to sample the bread then freeze it, it never made it past day two. Now when I go to Manhattan not only do I have to go to Madison-Kayser for my almond croissant, but I have to search out a branch of Breads Bakery for chocolate babka!
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.