For our mains, I selected braised beef paleron, with pommes aligot, red pepper piperade & watercress, a very nicely presented dish, indeed, comprising extremely tender chunks of beef in a creamy sauce with a touch of pink-peppery spice. My wife ordered the olive oil poached flounder topped with an "everything bagel" crust, salsify, & wild mushrooms in a delicately prepared sauce "chasseur." We both thoroughly enjoyed our entrees and soaked up the sauces to the last with broken pieces of the plentiful small, crunchy rolls. Boulud had hooked us ... and now we awaited our dessert choices and coffee.
All three courses on the Cafe Boulud prix fixe proved tasty, sophisticated, and seemingly magically blended to kindle our tastebuds, enrich our dining experience & consistently delight.
And so, fully fortified with food & drink (replete with sweetness & lingering savory tastes), we then headed away from the silk-stockinged upper East Side way down to Battery Park and The Museum of Jewish Heritage where we would attend a book discussion, featuring the London-born, San Francisco based music journalist, Sylvie Simmons -- author of the new biography, I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen -- in conversation with Liel Leibovitz, a professor of Media, Culture & Communication at New York University & senior writer at Tablet Magazine.
(As a prelude to the evening's event, we, fortuitously & appropriately, heard a recent Leonard Cohen tune played in the background while we sipped our lattes at a downtown, tip-of- Manhattan Starbucks.)
And a very enlightening, entertaining & pleasant evening this all turned out to be!