After a taping of Anderson there was only one place to go: Bouchon Bakery. It was also in the Time Warner Center, one floor above the studio. This restaurant has been in my NYC folder as a place to cross off my list for quite a while now. This will come as no surprise but it was also on The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Guilty Pleasures.
On the show Donatella Arpaia recommended the Quiche Lorraine. I know Donatella has amazing taste because I adore her restaurant in NYC called “Mia Dona.” If you go, get the meatball appetizer. They are better than homemade!
But lets get back to the Bouchon Bakery. The menu changes regularly and on the day I went the Quiche Lorraine was not an option. Instead there was a quiche that was made of blue cheese and leaks. It came with a side mesclun salad. I had no idea if I would like it but I ordered it anyway. My companion ordered the turkey club sandwich that was a special and came with homemade chips.
I am not trying to be dramatic when I say that I was so in love with my food I contemplated ordering an additional meal to take home with me. I never wanted to leave. This quiche was the perfect balance of rich cheese, delicate vegetable, and soft soufflé, with a crunchy outer layer. It was the best quiche I ever ate and it wasn’t even the one that was on TV. Thank God I didn’t have the Quiche Lorraine; I might have become a Bouchon Bakery stalker.
As for the turkey club that too was delicious. It sounds ordinary, I know, but they had their own special dressing and the ingredients were so fresh, it just was anything but ordinary.
Then I decided to try some dessert. You know for the blog…….
We went with the crepe cake. I have only ever heard of this delicacy on the Food Network but I was aching to try it. Crepe cake consists of layers of thin crepes separated by some sort of crème in between, then topped with fruit, whipped cream, etc., all depending on the kind of cake it is. It is an understated but to die for treat. The best part is that you can eat an entire piece without it weighing you down. If I had a crepe cake in my house I could easily eat the whole thing without a second thought. I am now going to try crepe cake any place I see it on the menu. I am its biggest fan.
The same goes for the Bouchon Bakery.
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