The Pervy Side of Bar Boulud

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Kind of reminds you of a sex-ed textbook, no?Photo: Jessica Coen

Bar Boulud has lots of standout features — a sprawling and affordable wine list, the impressive charcuterie, a communal wine-tasting table — but what really caught our eye on a recent trip was the 1995 Domaine A. Rousseau. It's been frequently noted that the walls in Bar Boulud are decorated with framed wine stains, making for a long row of grape-y blots down the length of the restaurant. But the framed Rousseau stain (at left) — well, it just kind of stood out to us. Perhaps because it looks like a ladyflower?

Just to make sure this wasn't merely a matter of our heads being in the gutter, we asked our server if we were the only ones to notice that particular wine stain's genital resemblance — we weren't. Kinda hard to miss and all.

But Bar Boulud features something potentially more pervy than the O'Keefe-ian wine stain (which pretty much dominated our dinner conversation): Has anyone ever noticed the underside of the lovely oak bar?

Daniel, you sly fox.Photo: Jessica Coen

Heads up, ladies: That's a mirror right in front of your legs — so be sure to cross 'em. Otherwise you're offering an off-menu, very clear up-skirt view for anyone sitting in the booths across the aisle.