As Bar Boulud recovers from its private blowout last night and readies for its January 8 opening, they’ll be taking extra care to wipe down the fifteen-seat “tasting table in the round” — soon to be the site of many a “wine orgy,” if you believe the restaurant rep. Made of white oak (to give it that new-wine-barrel smell), the table is fourteen feet in diameter, built by Aveum of Mexico City, and designed by Thomas Schlesser. The table is modeled after eighteenth- and nineteenth-century negotiation negociant tables where businessmen served drinks to potential clients.
The central wine cooler — also inspired by the more self-consciously stylish wine coolers of yesteryear — will be manned by either sommelier Steven Meir or DB’s company wine director Daniel “DJ” Johnnes, who says he’s already toying with the idea of classes and tastings along the lines of Magnum Mondays. Otherwise, patrons can either try their luck as walk-ins or reserve the table for a group — and even request a customized tasting. Don’t be intimidated! As DJ reassures us, “This is Daniel Boulud Unplugged.”