Monday, February 03, 2014

Bar Boulud Is Opening in Boston's Back Bay

The person behind several award-winning restaurants--including a New York spot that has received numerous awards--is going to be opening a bistro and wine bar in the Back Bay of Boston.

A press release sent this morning indicates that Chef Daniel Boulud will open Bar Boulud within the Mandarin Oriental, Boston on Boylston Street, taking over the space where Asana has been. This will be the third location of the French-inspired casual eatery, with others being located in New York and London (the original Bar Boulud opened in NYC in 2008). Chef Boulud is also behind Daniel, a high-end restaurant in Manhattan which received a three-star ranking from Michelin.

Expect a fall opening for Bar Boulud.

[February 11 update: Boston Magazine gives a bit more information on the upcoming Back Bay location of Bar Boulud, including the fact that the menu will feature a "core" of dishes that are found at the New York and London locations, along with a charcuterie program similar to the one in the London restaurant. It appears that at least a bit more emphasis may be placed on seafood items as well, with seasonal items using local ingredients also stressed. Finally, the wine program will focus in part on the Rhone and Burgundy.]

[July 3 update: Eater Boston states that both Asana and M Bar & Lounge have closed.]

[August 20 update: A press release sent today indicates that Bar Boulud opens on September 16.]

The address for this new bistro and wine bar will be: Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02199. The website for the existing locations of the restaurant can be found at

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