The Time Warner Center is a lot of things: extremely expensive hotel, large shopping mall, former home of Ricky Martin. For all these reasons, we don't like to spend a lot of time there.
But a few weeks ago we needed an inexpensive, summery option for dinner --- enter the Bouchon Bakery cafe. A sitdown restaurant specializing in seasonal American / French and stupendous views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, the cafe exudes the elegance you'd expect from a restaurateur who also runs Per Se and The French Laundry, without the price.
As usual, our salad --- Bibb lettuce with thoughtful gobs of blue cheese --- was too homely to merit a photo, but we're hoping the short rib slider is cute enough to cover both entrees. For dessert, we went with a peanut butter sundae, a bit like going to an ice cream parlor and ordering cookies, we know, but we didn't feel like a pastry after the sliders and stinky cheese. Everything felt just a little twee, but in a good way.