The Bocuse Restaurant Opens in Hyde Park
The Culinary Institute of America reinvents the French dining scene with the opening of its latest eatery
Photograph courtesy of the Culinary Institute of Amerca
There was lots of excitement — both locally and in the worldwide dining community — when the Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America opened with a celebrity chef-studded dinner in February. Named after pioneering French chef Paul Bocuse, 87 — the CIA named him the “chef of the century” in 2011 — the eatery replaced the stuffy but beloved Escoffier Restaurant, the culinary college’s flagship teaching restaurant for almost 40 years.
The Bocuse represents a whole new era in fine dining as many of the formal French flourishes of yesterday have been updated. We love that your entrée is still served under silver-domed cover, but the new dessert and ice-cream cart that turns sweet cream into an unbelievably smooth treat right before your eyes? Browsing the wine list via your own table-side iPad? And yes, fabulous French food? We’ll take it all, along with a reservation, s’il vois plaît.