Despite his charm, sophisticated pedigree, and gourmet taste buds, my little French bulldog will never ever be able to get a reservation at Per Se. It’s a sad reality for many four-legged foodies, but Thomas Keller throws the dogs a bone with his very special, very posh dog biscuits available at the newly opened, much-anticipated Bouchon Bakery in New York City’s Time Warner Center. The bone-shaped treats, made of wholesome flour, chicken stock, and eggs, are thoughtfully flavored with bacon bits, tomato paste, a hint of salt, and get this—foie gras! Sold in packages of three for $7, the biscuits will “strengthen their teeth and stimulate their gums” and give a whole new meaning to the expression “every dog has its day.”
While you’re there, pick up some treats for yourself at the retail counter featuring a jewel-like display of handmade chocolates and classic French confections, melt-in-your-mouth macaroons, assorted viennoiseries, and an all-American “Nutter Butter” created by pastry chef Sébastien Rouxel.
And for a taste of Keller’s culinary genius without a reservation, sit a spell in the sixty-seat café serving boulangerie-inspired dishes such as Madrange ham with Emmenthaler cheese, sweet butter, and Dijon on a baguette; a salad of roasted red and yellow beets with fresh and aged Coach Farm goat cheese; and three bean soup with rosemary pistou. For a sweet finish, try one of Rouxel’s delicate lemon sabayon tarts or signature chocolate bouchons (mini cork-shaped chocolate cakes). Enjoy the views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, but don’t forget the dog biscuits on the way home, or Fido may never forgive you! —Judiaann Woo
10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street on the third floor of the Time Warner Center