Café Boulud
Café Boulud

Café Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeboulud.com/nyc/
  • Phone: 2127722600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am,
    Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:45pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm- 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Bludorn
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Feast & Fêtes is Chef Daniel Boulud's exclusive catering company providing Daniel’s sumptuous cuisine combined with personalized service and attention to every detail of your off-premise entertaining needs. Call Jean Christophe Le Picart at 212-737-2224.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and Madison Avenues
  • Public Transit: #6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue
    M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garage on 76th between Madison & Park Avenues.
A word from Café Boulud
CAFÉ BOULUD features a French-American menu inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud's four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, the flavors of world cuisines.

In addition to dinner seven nights, we feature a $37 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is both a neighborhood gem and a destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Two private dining rooms seating 18 guest each are available for your private entertaining needs, and may be combined to accommodate 40.

The restaurant's adjacent BAR PLEIADES serves inventive cocktails and a luxurious bar menu from 3 pm onwards.

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Café Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
422 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (244)fit for foodies (240)romantic (159)great for lunch (143)neighborhood gem (142)notable wine list (131)great for brunch (57)great for outdoor dining (51)hot spot (28)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Lamb was a flop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    On the 28th dinner I ordered a la carte lamb. Mint was missing, added fatty patty and grassy weed like herb new for me did not go with lamb, spit out. This concoction by the chef was a bust.Desert and coffee ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb in every way...
    JDofDC
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Café Boulud is the personification of what is so right about the New York restaurant experience has to offer. The service is impeccable and easy. Each dish is as intricate and interesting as the last. The sommelier was brilliant in his suggestions that worked perfectly with the meal. But in the end it was the duo of veal that was as enjoyable as the restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally..."YES!"...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daniel's Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This long time restaurant of famed chef Daniel Boulard never dissappoints. I am only in this resturant two or three times a year and I still get recognized. The very best service, food, and wine. Never dissappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • samanthaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    outstanding dinner. wonderful evening. looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Auto 20% service charge?!?!
    dkdk
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nothing special at all to trip to the restaurant for breakfast even though you live a block away. I was very upset that my bill was charged automatically 20% for service even though I told my waiter that I was not staying at the hotel(the restaurant is at the Surrey Hotel) when he asked me before I received my bill. Manager said if I stay at the hotel, the system charges 20% for service, but on my bill, there was no blank line asking for room #. I have been to this restaurant many times and it never happened me before or I have never noticed auto 20% service charge on my previous bills…? Why the waiter thought that he could decide how much I should spend for his service? It was my decision and it was my money!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service was good and the food was delicious at our lunch for 2 on a Thursday afternoon. The atmosphere is quiet and sedate. The menu offered a two-course lunch for $37.00, choosing any 2 courses from a menu listing appetizers, main courses and desserts. I ordered a salad appetizer (delicious) and a pasta main course (spaghettini puttanesca with an anchovy flavor- delicious). My dining partner ordered a chicken dish. Her portion wasn't large, but was entirely adequate. My portion of spaghetti was minuscule. It was served in a soup bowl with a huge rim and tiny center. We thought at first I had mistakenly ordered an appetizer portion, but checking the menu verified that it was a main course. A stingy portion.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated and Sparkling
    BestFF
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Here is an elite restaurant--fantastic French cuisine, fun crowd, electric atmosphere--that will actually honor a diner's request for a spot for easy conversation. While enjoying the lively scene, a pair of friends too-long apart could catch up on each other's news over an elegant, yet leisurely meal, launched with perfect martinis and accompanied by an eloquent wine. The staff seemed to anticipate our needs, yet never were intrusive. Cafe Boulud provided a thoroughly delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect lunch
    maryVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    steak tartare just the best peekeytoe crab wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surpassed my expectations
    theatergoerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Of course, the price tag is steep but the food was so delicious that it was worth every penny. The duck was perfectly cooked and the Brazilian appetizer was sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant for a celebration - amazing food and great service put this to the top of our restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as usual
    MrsK
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Friendly professional efficient service, great food! The hot madeleines which come with the coffee are to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and service are impeccable.
    JIJIVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was great and the service was terrific. Definitely will go back."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uppity waiters on the Upper East
    Luvfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a delicious meal spoiled by the arrogance and rudeness of two waiters. We ordered glasses if wine instead of the expected bottle. To be honest we had an early start next morning and didn't want any more alcohol and as far as i kniw the customer can order what they like! This request was received with a snort from the waiter. We asked to wait awhile between main course amd dessert. After 10 minutes the waiter returned to ask if he could start preparing it. He returned with it 10 seconds later!!!!! They received a derisory tip and an explanation on the bill as to why. W were in and out of the restaurant in an hour and 15 mins. Rushed through by very uppity staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    BusinessLunchVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cafe Boulud continues to be an amazing combination of a destination restaurant that is equally comfortable being a neighborhood spot. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal and great service
    familyof4
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner here. The menu had many good choices and you could even do substitutions on the Prix Fixe menu. The staff was very well trained and the setting was nice but had no view (couldn't people/street watch from our back of the room table). Staff has extensive knowledge about the menu and can answer all questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, but rolls were stale
    ETKAVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    first rate, on all levels. Even the wines--by the glass-were lovely. Steak was best I've had in years. So in a restaurant of this quality, why serve stale rolls?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • A bit of a disappointment
    RosaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Most of the meal was up to its usual standards, but not all. Some in our party ordered the prix fixe dinner, others a la carte - all felt the same way. Some dishes (or parts of some dishes) were sublime, other just ok. Service was pleasant, but sometimes distracted. We ordered sparkling water, but it was flat. We brought this to the server's attention and he left to replace it - 15 minutes later we asked again - it was finally replaced - with the same flat water, which we left untouched. We were told it was carbonated on the premises. We were charged $12 - at this price, the restaurant should change it's CO2 cartridge or open a bottle of Perrier. Overall, while still an excellent meal, it did not live up to its reputation or prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    outstanding dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cup of coffee
    RPFPVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Restaurant week lunch is $25 - to charge $7 for a cup of coffee is way out of line. If the price is lowered for the appetizer, entree and dessert why does the price of coffee remain the same as usual? It is not at all reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant and classy
    enjoyableVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Impeccable service, incredible food and wine, amazing signature champagne
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, cowded tables
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Tables were extremely close together, but the food and service were great
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely RW lunch
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice choices, all delicious, complimentary extras, specially priced wines. Caveat emptor: $6.00 for cup of coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Linda
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is the third time for Restaurant week. Great steak and desert. Relaxing and not rushed. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience at Cafe Boulud
    InternationalVisitor
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding food and service during a first time experience at this restaurant. We were a party of three and experienced all of the options offered on the New York Restaurant week menu. We were trully amazed by the "magic touch" provided by the talented kitchen staff and chef. Certainly, this place will become one of our favorite places for dining in NYC and we certainly will try to eat there on all of our future visits to this city. We also have to reccomend this place for the very nice ambience that it offers and the impeccable service provided by the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's fine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had a restaurant week special lunch. It's fine. I have 25 characters remaining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A problem with the lobster
    Voyagea1123
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I found the lobster with not the taste that supposed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Boulud NYC
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Have to say that this time CB was pitch perfect and delightfully surprising for a very special occasion. Thank you CB. Warm and gracious service, excellent service, exquisite food.... and what could be a better location than the superlative Surrey Hotel?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bon restaurant
    holinoneVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Nous avons dîné à 2 couples Français. Le rapport qualité prix est tout à fait correct. Le service très bon, la nourriture excellente. Et l'ambiance sonore très bonne également!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper level experience
    FerFromSpain
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    At this restaurant all is about food. Great duck and chicken. Good (great selection but expensive) wine list. Very convenient for Whitney fans, just one block.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was really good and we enjoyed our lunch as well as the ambience. Service could be a little better though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sedate and soothing
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If you judge restaurants by how with-it the clientele looks, go somewhere else. This a a happy place for what I call conservative foodies who mourn the demise of the best French restaurants of years gone by and are thrilled that Daniel Boulud's combination of exquisite food and civilized settings are here to reassure us. Thanks DB!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doctor rich
    DrRG
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful as always," OpenTable" screwed up our reservation by allowing us to reserve a dinner table even though the restaurant was only participating in "restaurant week" for lunch, fortunately this is a very classy restaurant and they made it right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    sfl111
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Every bite was amazing! Fresh and very tasty ingredients combined in amazing ways. Would love to eat there daily!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dleon
    debl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Outstanding one of NYC best resturants and has remained consistent over the years !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the destination dining I wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Chose this to experience top notch food. It was fine. Just fine. Crowd is....tired. And I am 43. I am so sorry that I chose this of all the places I could have gone with price being no object. It will be awhile before I visit another one of Daniel Boulud's for a special dinner. My biggest regret on my vacation was this dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Have been here numerous times and they NEVER disappoint. Always incredibly delicious well executed food, professional courteous, welcoming, accommodating staff and a great time. Always feel better after being here and think about it the days after:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toad
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent! We had eaten at DB Bistro. Gould has a gift for keeping it simple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for lunch to taste Restaurant Week menu and it is definitely price worthy. The Entrée Skate Wing is very delicious and tender, it is pan-seared and not over-cooked. The dessert Mango Semifreddo is great for summer and it is very fine and smooth. I like this lunch very much! It is highly recommended to go for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous breakfast
    peoriasue
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Of course everything here was the best of the best
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service wonderful food
    ClaufmuVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was our 10th Year Wedding Anniversary and what a perfect restaurant to celebrate! Christian our table captain was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was incredible. The black truffle risotto was very delicious and they gave us a very generous portion. I would highly recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.