We went to Bar Boulud b/c I love charcuterie. We shared a plate of ""Compote De Joue De Boeuf"" described as ""shredded slow-braised beef cheek onion confit and pistachio"" which we were excited to order. We love beef-cheek ravioli and onion confit and pistachios, so what could be better? First of all, it took FOREVER to come, and no, we weren't there during rush hour before the theater. When it did come, it literally looked, smelled (and, we suspect, tasted) like a can of ""Fancy Feast"" cat or dog food.
Service was terrible, too. Very slow and unresponsive. My dinner date's main course (tagliatelle) came out before my main course (skate). The pasta was tasty, but my skate was so salty I thought it must have been cooked in seawater.
They never refilled out water - not once. We couldn't flag someone down for ages and finally did, but the check arrived before he returned with the pitcher. Our server, who was female, took our order and dropped off the check. Everything else was delivered by someone else. She never checked back to see if things were ok with us.
We LOVE wine, but as I was on a weeklong course of antibiotics, we didn't want to drink. The waitress was very pushy about the wine, to the point where I actually felt compelled to say, ""I can't drink; I'm on medication"" which is none of her business.
In short, almost any other restaurant near Lincoln Center will give you a better dining experience.
It breaks my heart to write this, b/c Daniel, the chef's flagship restaurant is one of our favorites, but we are so disgusted by ""Bar Boulud"" that it will be a while before we go to any of Daniel Boulud's restaurants again, and never back to that one.
Cons: badly prepared food, overpriced, bad service