It’s Restaurant Week in NYC, which means it’s time for more foodie adventures! Since I work from home and have a very flexible schedule, I’ve started going out for solo lunches about once a week. RW was the perfect opportunity to return to Boulud Sud. They normally offer a $29 three course lunch on weekdays, so even if you missed RW, you can still score a good deal on a quality lunch here.
The bread at Boulud Sud is really good. I only had one slice of each to avoid filling up on carbs before the real food arrived. For my appetizer, I was tempted to get the Potato & Sunchoke Soup, especially as I had fallen in love with a squash soup on my last visit, but decided to try a salad this time around.
The other vegetarian appetizer on the RW menu was the Harissa Spiced Beet Tartare. I double checked with the waiter that this was vegetarian just in case “beet” was actually a typo and supposed to be “beef”. Didn’t think a restaurant like Boulud Sud would present diners with a menu with a typo, but you never know…
The lightly spiced beets were fantastic, definitely the star of the dish. I’m normally not that into goat cheese, but it’s perfection when you pair goat cheese with beets. Topped with capers, a lavash chip, and frisee salad. Great variety of textures.
My entree was the Hand Rolled Lemon Ricotta Cavatelli. Comes with wild mushrooms, arugula, and walnut pesto. The ingredients were very similar to another cavatelli dish I had recently, but this one was much better. Perfectly cooked pasta, earthy mushrooms, yummy walnut pesto balanced by the tartness of the lemon ricotta. I think they could have gone a little lighter on the olive oil without losing any of the overall richness and flavor.
For dessert, I got the Rose Panna Cotta, which turned out to be one of the loveliest things I have ever eaten. The panna cotta was the most gorgeous pink and had a delicate, rose flavor. The sponge cake, rose gel, and pistachio gelato complemented the floral flavors. This dessert looked and tasted like spring. Art on a plate!
Dining solo at Boulud Sud was quite different from my other recent solo lunches, which were more casual. I happened to be seated in the most crowded part of the restaurant, which was a little awkward for a moment, but that quickly passed as the waiter and servers made me feel very comfortable. It was also a very productive lunch for me. I got so much sketching done while enjoying the food. Great food = great inspiration!