Bouley Introduces BYO Dinners, But Bring Your AmEx Black, Too

The private dining room.

When we saw on Bouley’s website that it’ll be launching BYO nights in the fall, we thought, awesome, this’ll take the bite out of those $40 entrees. But don’t dust off your wine caddy just yet — it turns out the Saturday-night dinners are in the 30-seat private dining room, and the tasting menus prepared by Bouley and his new chef, Shea Gallante, will cost you $350. That’s right: $350 without wine. Hey, that’d be a deal if this were Masa or Per Se, where the food costs about that anyway, but fact is, Bouley’s regular tasting menu is $95 without wine and $175 with (the chef’s menu is just a bit more). We’re assured these six-course tasting menus will include specialty seasonal ingredients such as black and white truffles, which might sound good to hard-core oenophiles with money to burn; all we ask is that Bouley stop teasing the plebs by advertising “BYO night” on its homepage.