A Takeout Croque En Bouche — February 25 – March 4, 2022

ULC Logbook, Friday, February 25th, 2022:

We started with 89 covers, which included six large party reservations. One same-day reservation for 5 guests no-showed: we had several walk-in parties, including two additional large parties, join us. We finished with 105 covers.

We had four orders for takeout: two orders taken over the phone, and two orders placed on the web.

For BA’s, we were joined by: K. and A., tasting for their March 26th wedding (party of 2, tbl. 1, served by S.); Mary-Michelle H. celebrating 80th birthday (party of 3, tbl. 16); Mr. Z. and Mr. G. (party of 2, tbl. 21); Xavier R., husband of Nicole R. who will be having the Cheine-Blue wine dinner at ULC on March 23, 2022 (solo, tbl. 2); Julia M., Fellowship and Exchange Program at Yale (party of 11, tbl. 31+); John F. (party of 2, tbl. 6).

Mr. Z. and Mr. G. were over the moon with their ULC experience tonight: Mr. G. raved about his bouillabaisse and Mr. Z. said his entree, “Short Ribs Provençale Daube,” was the single most delicious offering he has tasted in 20+ years dining at ULC. Mr. Z. urged this dish be considered for addition to the dinner menu. They were also very happy with the round marble substituted in place of the square for their favorite table: they agreed it was better feng shui, and they joked that we were lucky JM wasn’t here because he may have vetoed the change. Mr. G. and Mr. Z. will be joining us, same time, same table, again next Friday.

Forecast is for a sunny Saturday with a high of 35F.

ULC Logbook, Saturday, February 26th, 2022:

We started with 150 covers, with the target of 150 for the service. We were joined by two walk-in parties of 2 on the first turn, one walk-in party of 2 on the second turn, and a final walk-in party of 2 at the end. We had guests at the bar throughout. We finished with 157 covers.

There were no orders for takeout.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Valerie Z. (party of 2, tbl. 1); Dana S.(party of 2, tbl. 6); Robert L. (party of 3, tbl. 14); DJ A.’s wife Jennifer A. (party of 8, tbl. 30); R. H. Jr. (party of 6, tbl. 3); David D. (party of 8, tbl. 30); Alexander F. (party of 4, tbl. 26); The K.’s (at the bar); Dr. Seth D. (party of 4, tbl. 21); Stephen S. (party of 6, tbl. 29).

Benjamin P. (party of 3, tbl. 12, served by A.) and partner dined with their 88-year-old mother, who has early onset dementia. When I accompanied the party on the elevator after their dinner, Ms. P. commented on how lovely her entire experience had been with us tonight. Bravo to the entire team for taking great care with all of our guests, even on a bustling Saturday night.

For Sunday, partly sunny, high of 45F, and no brunch in the forecast.

ULC Logbook, Tuesday, March 1st, 2022:

We started with 48 covers. There were no cancellations however two of our large parties dropped in number of guests. We were joined by a walk-in party of 2 for drinks at a table, and 7 guests all night at the bar: the total number is reflective only of the guests who ate dinner. We finished with 50 covers.

There were two orders for takeout: one placed over the phone, and one on the web.

We were joined mostly by BA’s from Yale: Daniel M. (Yale Law School, party of 5, tbl. 17); P. S.-A. (Yale French Dept., party of 2, tbl. 15); Cowles Foundation (Yale Economics Dept., party of 6, tbl. 30); Florie S. (Yale Drama, solo at bar); J. L. (Quinnipiac Religious Life, party of 3, tbl. 9); Michael R. (party of 2, tbl. 2); William B. (party of 3, tbl. 16); M. M. (Chief Investment Officer for Yale endowment; took over from the late David S. in 2021, party of 8, tbl. 5).

Michael R.’s wife commented on how lovely their dinner experience was, from R.’s service to Chef’s cuisine. Mrs. R. said, “It warms my heart every time we come here.”

We did not have any parties reserve in advance for Chef’s tasting menu: however, the tasting menu was ordered by two parties of 2.

P. “Pebbles” M. trained with A.

The pages have been pulled: the wine books are ready to be changed on Wednesday.

Today was the first day of meteorological spring! Forecast for Wednesday: mostly sunny, high of 45F.

ULC Logbook, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022:

We started with 33 covers: before the doors opened, three parties had cancelled / advanced their reservation to the coming weeks due to a member of the party getting sick. However, we added several same-day reservations to compensate. The parties for Richard Y. (party of 2, tbl. 6) and Matthew B. (party of 2, tbl. 26) dined inside with us for the first time since March 2020. We finished with 38 covers.

We had three orders for takeout: two ordered on the web, and the K.’s, who were married at ULC and tonight celebrated their anniversary with takeout, ordered on the phone with G.

For BA’s, we were joined by Dr. Peter S. (party of 2, tbl. 3); Bruce A. (party of 4, tbl. 16); and Mr. B. ordered takeout (with double dessert noted and approved by yours truly).

It was Mrs. S.’s birthday (party of 2, tbl. 3, served by R. I.): Mrs. S. specifically visited the front desk to comment on how delicious everything was this evening. The table of 2 walk-in guests at neighboring tbl. 4 engaged the S.’s in conversation about visits they each had made to Greece, and Dr. S. got everybody laughing with a story about when the S.’s were confronted / chased by large goats on the Greek island of Santorini. The S.’s will join us for dinner again on Wednesday, March 30th, to celebrate Dr. S.’s birthday.

There six Chef’s tasting menus served: A. served a party of 2 who had reserved for the tasting menu; R. I. served a party of 4 who had not reserved for the experience: bravo R. I.!

P. trained as a server.

A guest called for an Easter Sunday brunch reservation: I requested they check back in one week regarding details and for the reservation book to potentially be opened.

The forecast for Thursday is sunny during the day, clear skies at night, with a high of 40F.

ULC Logbook, Thursday, March 3rd, 2022:

We started with 36 covers at 4PM. Several parties including 4-top BA Jane D. made same-day reservations for the early seating. A total of 6 guests joined us at the bar. Several more parties made same-day reservations for the later seating, and we were joined by walk-in’s, including the young gentlemen who join us regularly, and BA Mr. C. We finished with 55 covers.

We had one order for takeout, placed on the web by BA Mr. B.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Jane D. (party of 4, tbl. 29); Darra R. (party of 4, tbl. 31); Elliott S. (party of 2, tbl. 17); Benedict C. (solo at bar).

Jane D., joined us inside for dinner for the first time since the pandemic disruption. Ms. D. was super happy arriving (she gave me a hug and I accidentally stepped on her foot), and even happier / more satisfied upon her party’s exit: bravo to A. and Chef!

R. I. trained P.

Table 14 asked R. I. for the check: when a card was put down, R. I. directed P. to run the payment. G. was supervising, and saw that the credit card noted tax exemption, a situation P. was not yet trained for. G. removed the tax, and requested R. I. be more careful during P.’s training, and R. I. replied that he felt insulted by the way he was spoken to.

Four tables of two reserved for Chef’s tasting menu: one party of two ended up only splitting a salad, seemingly due to a lovers’ quarrel unrelated to the restaurant. An additional party of 2 was sold the tasting menu at the table — 8 guests served all day.

Forecast for Friday: high of 35F and sunny during the day, with clear skies at night.

ULC Logbook, Friday, March 4th, 2022:

We started with 112 covers just after 4PM: there was one cancellation, and a couple of parties who dropped in number of guests. We were joined by three guests who had dinner after visiting the British Arts Center Museum, which re-opened to the public yesterday. We had at least 10 guests at four tables (three reservations and a walk-in) who had dinner before going to the Shubert’s 8PM showtime for the musical “Waitress.” We finished with 111 covers.

There were 4 orders for takeout: at 4:30PM, for a takeout Croque en Bouche; a single order for lobster; an order for 4 persons, who will join us tomorrow night as a reservation; BA Mr. B. (double dessert noted and approved.)

For BA’s we were joined by: Nancy C. (party of 2, tbl. 6); Ravi D. (party of 3, tbl. 28); John L. (party of 4, tbl. 3); Dr. Mona G. (party of 16, tbl. 32+); Justin Z. / John G. (party of 2, tbl. 21); Kevin P. (party of 4, tbl. 12, dining with the newly promoted sommelier at NYC’s Le Bernadin); John S. (party of 2, tbl. 13); The R.’s (party of 2 tbl. 1).

The party of 2 walk-in guests who dined at table 27 commented with great enthusiasm that we have a BEAUTIFUL restaurant, everything they ate was DELICIOUS, and their service was IMPECCABLE. Bravo R., Chef and J.!

G: It’s BRICK AF bro, god damn Antartica in this b#*#* 🤔🙃.

Forecast for Saturday: high of 42F, with overcast skies, and a small chance for rain after 10PM.

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