I’ve been spending a lot of time around Columbus Circle (not only because of Fashion Week, I live and work around here too…I can’t escape it). But I’m not complaining. In the winter time, the blue lights illuminate the sidewalk in front of the mall and during spring/summer, it can be a relaxing place for lunch. Speaking of which, I just met a fellow journalist there recently for lunch at Bouchon Bistro which is located on the third level of the mall.
You may know of the bakery there too, but the open air restaurant (it’s right near the middle of the floor) is a great stop for a bite too. The most difficult thing is to find the menu or even more about the restaurant online — I couldn’t even seem to find it listed in the mall’s directory. But in case you need help, we split the special of the day which was a baked mac and cheese with mushrooms (good, but not as amazing as Cafeteria’s…though, that’s also a high standard to beat), and a smokey turkey sandwich with pecan-bread which was excellent.
There is somewhat of a wait during a weekday afternoon, but I would imagine it’s a pretty nice place for even a work meeting. And the food selections have interesting combos that’s not your usual — something I always appreciate in a menu. I wish I remembered all that was in the turkey sandwich, but I think with the bread accompaniment (I believe pecans make anything better), won’t leave you disappointed. If you’re feeling only a light meal, its namesake bakery is nearby for pastries, cookies and coffee.