Across the street from Manhattan‘s Lincoln Center on West 64th Street is Boulud Sud. Chef Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean menu draws inspiration from the whole of the coastal Mediterranean, including France’s Côte d’Azur, Spain, Greece, Israel, Turkey and beyond. Inside, restaurant goers will discover any expansive dining area and spacious bar and lounge.
According to Boulud Sud’s own Chef Travis Swikard, “Boulud Sud is a French inspired Mediterranean restaurant. Each dish is first and foremost inspired by seasonal ingredients to insure the highest quality in the cuisine. From there we like to dive and jump around the ports of each country touching the Mediterranean including the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Italy, Greece, and France. Like Chef Roger Verge says it is the Cuisine du Soleil (cuisine of the sun).”
The menu emphasizes light, vibrant regional flavors, and features an abundance of fresh vegetables, seafood, citrus, grains and herbs. Complementing this breadth and depth of Mediterranean flavor, the wine list ranges from French rosés and Italian reds to more wines from Greece, Spain and beyond. The restaurant also boasts an exceptional cocktail program that actively draws from the same seasonal products as the restaurant menu.
Select private dining options are available downstairs adjacent to their impressive wine cellar.
To start, my guests and I shared the Mediterranean Mezze: Spicy Moroccan Hummus, Herb Falafel, Babaganoush ($14); and their freshly baked bread selection served with olive oil with a sprig of fresh rosemary. We followed with the Sicilian Sardine Escabèche: Golden Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts ($17); Harira Soup: Lentils, Chickpeas, Braised Lamb ($16); and Octopus a la Plancha: Marcona Almonds, Arugula, Jerez Vinegar ($24). The perfectly spiced Harira Soup was the favorite all around. We loved the fresh flavors of the Mezze, which set the stage for our entrees to follow.
The mid-century modern interior is decorated in tones of sunflower yellow and slate grey. The restaurant features works by famed artist Vik Muniz.
Our entree choices were the Harissa Lamb Burger: Eggplant, Saganaki, Spiced Fries ($24); and the Tunisian brik: a puffy, deep fried triangle of thin warka pastry filled with Confit Tuna, Capers, Gruyère, Local Hen Egg ($18). Both were expectational. We end up bringing home most of the burger as just three bites will make you satisfied.
The Brik was a smart choice for brunch and flavors worked very well together. The confit tuna was subtle and paired well with the gruyère. We also ordered a salad topped with raisins and pine nuts.
Click here to review their full menu lists, including their pre-theatre prix fixe, weekend brunch, and dinner selections.
For dessert, the pièce de résistance was their Grapefruit Givré: Sesame Halva, Rose Loukoum, Grapefruit Sorbet ($15). When I am back in Manhattan, I am coming in again just for this dessert (I will be at the Fancy Food Show). The fluffy halvah top was like taut cotton candy tastes of sesame. Inside the hollowed grapefruit was grapefruit sorbet dotted with marmalade and halvah crumble and rose loukoum (think Turkish Delight). The dessert was a masterpiece: refreshing bites intwined with intense flavors.
We also enjoyed the Mango & Cardamom Vacherin: Yogurt Meringue, Mango Sorbet, Cardamom Gelato ($15); and a selection of four Housemade Crèmes Glacées including Rose Gelato, and Fior di Latte Gelato. Rose was my most favorite.
Boulud Sud is adjacent to the locations of both Epicerie Boulud and Bar Boulud. Please check their websites for hours of operation. Boulud Sud is open seven days a week. Brunch is served on the weekends.
https://www.bouludsud.com/nyc // 212-595-1313
*Header photo courtesy of Boulud Sud