Photo: Mario Ruiz/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

Photo: Mario Ruiz/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

"The biggest restaurant opening of 1987 happened a few short months before Black Monday. David Bouley — who had found fame two years earlier as the chef at Drew Nieporent’s Montrachet — unveiled his first solo restaurant, Bouley, which gleamed like an 85-seat mirage on Duane Street. Early on, critics were skeptical, and decidedly unimpressed — “Is it possible that the magic that made Montrachet a mecca overnight has dimmed?”Gael Greene asked in the pages of New York — and even the most attentive adherents of Bouley’s meteoric career weren’t sure what to make of it."

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