Bouchon is perhaps becoming a victim of its own success. The career defining French Laundry has elevated Thomas Keller to such an elite status in the eyes of food enthusiasts that anything but perfection is viewed as a letdown. Bouchon is everything it was meant to be, a casual restaurant that takes full advantage of its location and surroundings. This wasn’t meant as a life altering restaurant, simply enjoy the food, it’s pretty darn good.
Delicious, without question, but questionable if it is without equal. I find that pizza will remain a kind of politics from which I will refrain. However, It felt good to pay homage to an institution, and to go back to basics and to find toppings I still recognize.
Din Tai Fung offers an authentic dining experience in an meticulously clean and comfortable setting. Much is unchanged from Taiwan, which echoing the New York Times article mentioned early, is definitely a good thing.
One pair of gems you’ll find is the multicultural Henrys. There is the French and Spanish, one pup found with a cup of Joe, the other with a most impressive sombrero.
Next time Corona tells you to find your beach, hop on a cab to Elizabeth Street for some tacos.
A solid choice for a hot bowl of ramen when you’re wondering the streets of Williamsburg, and do remember to cap it off with a cup of coffee across the street at Toby’s Estate.