Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barboulud.com/nyc/
  • Phone: 2125950303x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
    Friday-Saturday 5:00PM - 12:00AM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Late lunch offered at the bar and terrace from 2:30PM - 5:00PM
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Olivier Quignon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: None
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: 64th Street
  • Public Transit: Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center subway stops are within blocks of the restaurant. Local Broadway bus lines stop directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Garage on 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West.
A word from Bar Boulud
Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $29 and dinner for $45. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.

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Bar Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
475 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (241)great for outdoor dining (180)notable wine list (158)neighborhood gem (152)great for lunch (146)special occasion (110)great for brunch (108)hot spot (75)late-night find (50)romantic (44)good for groups (38)scenic view (33)vibrant bar scene (30)kid-friendly (15)Show More
  • Pitch perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    the best place next to Lincoln Center. Consistently good food in a warm modern space. Can get noisy when full but it's a hit and a neighborhood of misses.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best experience here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Came back after a nice experience in August. Ended up waiting 45 minutes for lunch to be served to my table of 2, about 5 minutes after a table of 5 that came in 15 minutes after us. My croque monsieur tasted like it had been waiting a while. Ended up having to leave my client there to finish dessert and coffee because the 75 minutes I had put aside for lunch wasn't enough. The waiter also didn't really seem to pay attention or care.
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  • WDKNTVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Loved the ambiance and wine options. Had the tuna entree. Menu says it's "seared," but what I got was pretty much cooked through. The quality of the fish wasn't what I'd expect from a Boulud restaurant either. Definite disappointment. I'd consider trying again but in terms of food, definitely just capitalizing on the name without following it up with the quality.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with my husband at Bar Boulud! The service was perfect, the food delicious and atmosphere welcoming! It was our anniversary and we were treated to a Glass of Champagne. Will definitely be back on our next trip to NY. Chef Christopher Poix's creations were perfect ! Thanks for such a special evening.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Bistro anywhere
    ViewFromTheHill
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Top class, classic French bistro style food. Champagne punch is one of the best cocktails ever. Often have a special wine by the glass that is exceptional, as if Daniel himself has opened his private collection (1988 Napa recently).
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing & expensive
    sammicatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had been here a few times before & was excited to go back for lunch. But my portion of peekytoe crab salad was miniscule for $18 - more of a taste than a salad, just 3 small tidbits that didn't have much flavor. The $14 ile flottante was just so-so, a poor imitation of ile flottante (which I love), even though the server said it was wonderful and would transport me to Paris. Maybe I just ordered the wrong things, but I expected everything to be more wonderful. oh, & $5.50 for a small cup of coffee didn't help. Atmosphere and service were fine, but the food did not make the grade, & sad to say, it's now off my list.
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  • Nice Place but food specific
    lbi63
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant had plenty of available tables; hostess and servers were very polite and accommodating; able to move our reservation back from 8 to 8:30 as the restaurant became more crowded. There is not much on the menu other than charcuterie, so if you're not into pate and chicken liver and sausage, there are only 6 or 7 other entree options available. Had the best raw oysters here though, and since it was our first foray into charcuterie, could not tell you if it was out of this world or not, but tasted good anyway. Wonderful chocolate raspberry torte for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food service
    grunt
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Was probably an off day. Food was not as good as usual and service was distracted.
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low quality night's prix fix
    UWSider4VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The restaurant changes so much from one day to another. What is excellent on a day can be a huge dissapointment on the next. Salad was made with old vegetables and an extremelly acidic dressing (it irritated my mouth so much that I had ulcers in soft palate and under the tongue the next day), chicken was almost cold although still served on the pan. Dessert was great as well as wine. Kitchen might have assessment issues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • chic but too expensive
    amoray03
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was good, service wasn't. We had pate and got only 3 pieces of mediocre bread (they used to have excellent, fresh bread). It was by far not enough, they didn't notice, we had to order more. Service took a long time till first contact. The menu isn't the same as the one online. Drinks took a while to come out. We were there late and it wasn't too busy anymore, so there's no excuse. The food was great. So is the atmosphere/decoration, and especially the location. Great spot for after the Opera, but it's my third time there and every time, something is a little bit off, so I will likely not go back for dinner. Brunch is fantastic, though! Generally too expensive for what it is, though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Good food, great service!!!
    jellybean
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I loved the service, also the food. The rosemary lemonade is a great non-alcoholic drink, and desserts are to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AliciaE
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Do not order the lobster aioli. It is basically a vegetable appetizer with a minuscule portion of lobster. Sat at the bar and even if I was by myself, the waiter did not pay attention to me after he brought me the first course. I think it is normal food overpriced.
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    hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Delicious
    Olderfoody
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Innovatively prepared, tasty vichyssoise and tater tots; perfectly cooked scallops; outstanding Chablis: a delicious evening from start to finish.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, poor services
    sramd
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great but the service was all over the place, waiter that we have to wait for long time then never came back, water boy that keep pouring tap water after telling him we were having a bottle of sparkling and the bathrooms in an awful state, we had a late dinner but that doesn't mean someone shouldn't be checking that the facilities are up to part with the great food they offer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and stylish
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Have been eating here for years. The quality has waxed and waned it currently is very high. Service is good indeed, and an interesting menu that frequently changes. One of the top spots in the Lincoln Center area. The Christmas wreath that was missing one year came back last year. Love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Springman
    Springman
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Surprises abound here. Definitely not your "meat and potatoes" place, though you will find it as an option in some variation if you look carefully at the menu. The food is thoughtfully prepared and sparkles with freshness with accompaniments that are not typical, requiring the diner to have an adventurous mindset. And, the prices are affordable, but not inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    fancypantsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Server disappeared from our table to wait on five other tables that were seated after us and never came back to take our orders until we asked for her 15 minutes later. Scallops were so over salted they were almost inedible.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Service was not up to par and food was disappointing for a Boulud restaurant. I would not go back and would NOT recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Great for late-night
    FoxtailPIES
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great for late-night dining. Went for afternoon drink the next day and waited 15 minutes for a wine list. Good for leisurely suppers but subpar if you want fast, reliable service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate
    FoodLady
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had high expectations as I had been here another time, many years ago.... And unfortunately, I was disappointed. The service was average as was the food (not like I remembered). And while this may be nitpicky, the water damage mark on the ceiling near my table was a turn off. I also feel like it was over-priced for what I received. I think next time, I'll just spring for the little extra and go to Daniel.
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  • Coq ahhhhh vin
    Swifty
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Most amazing construct of coq au vin. Deep dense reduction gravy was a show stopper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious meal, nice setting
    DSHfromNWK
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Situated across from Lincoln Center in a stretch of restaurants that cater to the theater crowd, Bar Boulud stands out for great French food done with a twist. It's elevated "casual" dining for an upscale audience. My companion and I shared the small charcuterie plate after I read in NY Mag's review that it was exceptional. They were right. Nothing Earth-shattering was on the plate (although I'd never had head cheese before), but it was all sublime. The entrees were wonderful as well - I had the cavatelli served with goat meat & cheese, eggplant and baby spinach. My companion had a pork loin dish from the "nose to tail" specials. Both were delicious and his looked exceptionally lovely. Dessert was the assorted sweets for 2. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Henrik
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was mediocre at best and 26 dollars for a glass of run of the mill champagne..absurd! Service was inefficient and waiter unfriendly. Seems Daniel has other more important places to deal with. I live in the neighborhood and would say this visit was a once in a lifetime experience...go once in your lifetime!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Disappointing
    Keelie52
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I know this is at the lower end of the Boloud stable of eateries, but service was terribly amateur and the food was OK but definitely not generous... We ate inside and the room was noisy and aircon made it a bit too chilly! All in all not a comfortable experience so would not recommend.
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  • Needs Service Improvement
    UWSider4VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Meals are among the best in NYC. Everything that is ordered is well prepared, nothing is industrial, seems to be (obviously) prepared under the guidance of an excellent chef. However, once the meal leaves the kitchen service is disappointing. Time between courses is truly unexpected, drinks come whenever the waitress remembers the order, wine is spread over the table by the same waitress and she never sends anyone for cleaning, desserts come at different times for same table, same waitress doesn't know what the names of ingredients are in the menu. What kind of service is that? why such unskilled table attendants are placed to work with adults in a respectable restaurant? Be aware, service might be low class, like cool-millennial style.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not Great
    Plaza1974VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall a good experience but not great. I would recommend with that caveat if asked. Disappointed since I expected "great", especially with the name Boulud over the door.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Fcmartin3rd
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bar Boulud is one of our favorite spots for a foodie quality dinner without the need for reservations weeks in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Lunch
    theplant
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The lobster salad was fresh and not smothered in a way that would have negated the taste of the ingredients. The service was excellent. This is a perfect restaurant for lunch with a good friend if you can afford it.
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    great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Great Location
    usaliened
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a perfect spot for dinner before crossing Broadway to attend a concert at Lincoln Center. Dining outside was a bonus on a warm evening. The service was attentive and the food perfectly prepared.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience, not very impressed
    KevinJ84
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We checked out Bar Boulud based on a recommendation from a friend. We had a good overall experience, but were disappointed that there weren't more details given about the sides with the main courses. The best part of the meal may have been the extra fries we ordered. We did enjoy the Flank Steak and the Coq au Vin - oh - and the Asiago Popovers that were served in the beginning.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Not as good as we expect
    Bexovita
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Siendo un Bistro del Daniel's sinceramente esperábamos mucho mas. La comida muy poco sofisticada y sobrevaluada. El lugar es muy agradable, el servicio también, pero nada de lo que comimos dejó algo que comentar.
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    great for lunch
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  • Susan Charlotte
    Luvnyfood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tiis restaurant was perfect for brunch on Sunday ! The waffles were awesome Nd the omelet seasoning was perfection" we will be back every time we visit NY
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • I think Open Table messed up!!!
    Marie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had no choice but to rank the experience, but please do not use it. I have NOTHING to base this on!!! Bar Boulud had no record of my reservation? Therefore we could not dine there. It was a tremendous disappointment and I called the restaurant to confirm as I did not receive the usual "reminder" from Open Table. If I had not done so, I would have gone to the restaurant, only to be turned away or wait as we DID NOT have a reservation. Very disappointed with Open Table!! There was a breakdown in communication. I'm not sure who's fault it was, but I suspect Open Table. I would like another opportunity to dine at Bar Boulud and I feel Open Table owes me a gift certificate! Me, and my party were very disappointed.
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  • Boulud Friday night
    TravlDi
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a nice evening here. I had the filet, was in a beef kind of mood. It was good but I've had better. I think I should have had something french. I'd go back.
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    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Informal and Reasonable
    FoodDocVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is an attractive space but no question is informal. Service was great and there is a super mix of food on the menu. I particularly liked the Iberico Ham, at $40 it might seem a lot for a starter but the portion was generous and the taste was out of this world. The mixed cheese plate was also incredible.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The must go in NYC
    Astrid
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A must go every time I am in NYC. Potty we do not have one in Austria
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Service, Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at Bar Boulud. The food was wonderful, the service fantastic and overall we had a great time. It was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Lovestojog
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Based on previous reviews, we expected mediocre food and service. The service was exceptional, and the food exactly what we anticipated. Everything was perfect. Highly recommend Bar Boulud!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Good not Good Enough
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lunch on Saturday was OK but overall lacked in value. The Croque Monsieur was very good. The tuna Nicoise salad was "86" so I tried the roasted salmon which arrived as warm sashimi. I understand the rare salmon temperature, but not warm-raw. The repair was barely better (the chef wins, but loses the customer.) In addition, the dish was microscopic given the price. Overall, my impression is that given Mr. Boulud's well earned reputation it must be better all around to justify the high price. I'll not hurry back.
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  • best brunch I have had in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Quality of each dish was very good or excellent. Service was impeccable. Three course brunch was more than enough without feeling overly stuffed at end. The atmosphere was light where we could hear each other even as it became more full. Overall a casually intimate, grown up restaurant. The dishes were not trying to be cutting edge, but were tasty, fresh, and more sophisticated than home-made for most people.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate