Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I have tried to get excited as some other people about Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center. Though it is always exciting to be in the Time Warner Center an urban upscale mall with sweeping views of Central Park and the posh buildings surrounding it. The mix of international tourists and locals as well as the upscale shops and restaurants within the mall make the Time Warner Center unique. At Bouchon, the tarts, pastries and assorted baked goods are first rate, they almost fail to excite me perhaps because of the inflated costs or the pretense of authentic French pastry falls below expectation and unlike bakeries abroad serve their pricey pastries on cheap plastic. My favorite baked goods here are the dense donuts which they serve only once in a while. Brioche's are sweet though the few times I have had them they are a little dry inside. The soups here are quite good albeit pricey. I have had the beet, and just last night the white bean, kale and country bacon soup. Very tasty as they should be at $8.95. The salads are tasteless and premade with decent dressings.