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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Café Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
434 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (255)special occasion (247)great for lunch (155)romantic (154)neighborhood gem (150)notable wine list (137)great for brunch (60)great for outdoor dining (52)hot spot (33)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    wonderful food ! superb service ! a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great food, excellent service. Good serving sizes, you can order a three course meal without a problem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed going down the tubes
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    lunch was a disaster yesterday. 4 different waiters; none capable of getting simple salad dressing; 40 minutes to get a main, 2 hours plus and couldn't get a coffee. $63.00 ; no service, no coffee, soso food. Don't bother.
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  • yum
    NenaVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    A wonderful place with delicious food, although a bit stuffy but liked that they had "hidden gem wines"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food slipped a bit
    DrDavidVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The food was a bit disappointing at our latest visit to this legendary David Boulud restaurant. The leek velouté was bland, the prix fixe lemon sole minuscule and accompanied by nothing but a pile of beans, and the petit four dessert was pitiful. The duck breast, however, was tasty. We have not lost faith in one of our favorite restaurants but we are hoping for a better experience next time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A restaurant to come back to.
    lena
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    When we visit New York we always come back to Café Boulud for dinner. The restaurant is elegant, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is very good and so is the wine list. You feel welcome and are very well taken care of. I highly recommend a dinner here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    Elle
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a gem of a spot for brunch. The room itself is elegant, the tables large and the noise seems to be dampened by deliberate design choices. The brunch options were so varied that it was hard to choose. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. Suggest asking, when taking reservations, if any children/infants will be seated at the table. Next to our table there was a family with one infant in a very large car seat carrier along with 3 restless siblings under the ages of 7. A restaurant as nice as Cafe Boulud - in our opinion - should not become a nursery or play room at the expense of other diners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    mashka
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Limited menu with no interesting items. Hefty price that is only justified by location of the restaurant , not the food that is being served.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Pancake was amazing. Spinach tart is good. Tastes are good . Staff should be better
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rach
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was excellent. Loved the food. Romantic atmosphere fr couples. Not kid friendly. More for older company or couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were treated as regulars
    Boltonian
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    From the moment we entered we were treated like regulars. The restaurant was full but service was impecable although not overbearing. Food was high quality and well presented but don't expect large portions. The wine list is extensive and expense but there are a few bottles at less srataspheric prices. Overall experience was very satisfactory,we would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boulud
    Thebest
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my first experience with a Boulud restaurant. It was excellent. Offerings, flavors and presentation. Living in NY, I have dined in many upscale restaurants. This was one of, if not the, best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New York Favorite
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My favorite restaurant in New York. Love the feel of the restaurant, and the food and service is always outstanding. Doesn't matter what you order, it will be excellent. This time, had the roasted beet salad and Turbot. Nice range on the wine list - some very good lower cost options as well as high end, so take a few minutes to page through. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The most expensive breakfast ever !
    MaxOneVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have give a try to this restaurant and we invite some friends for Sunday " Brunch " , the place is very nice and service is good , but I never found in New York an expensive place like this , we end up to pay $100 each for just one omelette and coffee... very overpriced and not an " unique " experience kind of restaurant and the food just find .... I will not recommend and if someone feel to go just be aware of the prices , because it can make your Sunday brunch just a bad " surprise " ...
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  • Great brunch
    loveliuliu
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    You could enjoy very delicious food in an elegant atmosphere provided by this gorgeous restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good but not perfect
    inoxx
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had the crab salad which was fantastic, one of the best I've had. The main was a seasonal scallop which was too sweet and overall the plate felt too brown, every single element was brown, a bit underwhelming visually. Dessert was a passion Fruit flan which was spectacular
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    sanjivVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been here a few times and it never fails to please. Excellent and very helpful service. Food is a little boring and predictable but very good, nonetheless.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of tables...
    GreekGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It is a relatively small area, packed with a lot of tables. It looks like most of the seating is the peripheral wall, using banquet seating. Be prepared to sit very close to other people, and for a high background noise. The food was very good, and so was service. However, we noticed that the people next to us did not get their appetizers for a very long time. No amuse bouches were served. Overall, I felt a bit rushed. There is valet parking, but it is $63 plus tips...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a joy
    HappyfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    There is a magical feeling n Cafe Boulud. The food is so elegant and nuanced that each bite is a delight. Always a special experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cinci Diner
    CinciDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Beautiful place, lovely flowers and good bread. Endive salad mixed red and yellow endive, and was delicious and beautiful. Waiter lost our order, and after asking 2 servers and the maitre-d, we received the wrong entree 40 minutes after the first course was cleared. The mistaken entree was comped, and they brought a complimentary dessert.
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  • FLAVOR FIREWORKS
    JJfoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I had a day to ourselves (sans the kids), and we made sure to put it to good use. We decided to try out Café Boulud. Reservations were made hassle-free on the day itself, using the OpenTable app, and we arrived on time at E 76th Street for our 12 noon lunch reservation. The interior was modest, not flashy, yet elegant in its decor. Ordering from their three-course prix fixe menu, it was a culinary delight from beginning to end. The combination of the pate with the arugula salad and the sour dough bread was an exquisite starter. The confit of duck melted in your mouth as you took a bite, with such an explosion of flavor, that was only enhanced every time I took a sip of our fine wine. Lastly, the cheesecake was simply divine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arnie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food in a nice setting. The servers were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Foodlover14
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We found Cafe Boulud's atmoshere and service one of the best restaurant ever visited. Food was very good as well. Would recommend the restaurant to visit.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Fabulous food, service and ambience. It is our "go to" restaurant when we want to be assured of a great meal. In addition, we always feel well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ap010043
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I am certain Café Boulud is wonderful any time it is open. Lunch was marvelous and the atmosphere utterly civilized, the latter being hard to come by these days.
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    great for lunch
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  • Always excellent
    Marcel1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The service is always professional, the food is always consistent and going to Cafe Boulud is always a very good experience. Very happy to have a restaurant in the neighborhood of this quality and right around the corner from the Carlyle makes it even better!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it did not have the wow factor
    allen
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    i have had food all over the world. this one lacked the wow factor.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall experience
    Lulu2002
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The noise level made it impossible to hear my dining companions. A last minute party of 8 placed in the middle of the room was a poor choice. Bus staff needs more training
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Disappointing Experience
    BouludSlam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was insensitive to us. We felt rushed. The salad was delivered before the wine. I was still trying to enjoy a martini when the entrees were served. They seemed to have better ideas for the table after our eight o'clock reservation. The food was good, but far from great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing!!
    GeiseVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Disappointing for the price and considering it is a Michelin starred restaurant and it is owned by Daniel Boulud!! I cannot understand how the food in this restaurant could be so bad (or at least not good) when compared to the other restaurants from the same group (Daniel, DB Bistrot Modern, Boulud Sud, DBGB)
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  • Perfect Brunch on a Perfect Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were greeted promptly and they were busy. The salad was crisp, light on dressing and perfect plus it was served without delay but not too quick. The main entree was just the right size, cooked exactly right and was delicious. Great New York Experience for the locals or out of town guts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chowhound
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always enjoy the restaurant. It provides consistently good food & service. The room has a lively buzz. The menu changes according to season & exhibits creativity & innovation in addition to providing delicious starters, mains & dessert! A winner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Anniversary Dinner
    DinerX
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had an excellent anniversary dinner here. The food was very good; not adventurous, but very well-executed. The service was flawless. It was a wonderful place to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was amazing!
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food, service, and atmosphere were amazing! The price is a little high, but it was definitely worth it for a special occasion. Food proportion is on a smaller side just as most high end French restaurants are, but we ordered 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts for 3 women and we were all full. I would definitely come back here in the future and recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • International
    amusepro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love the international vibe. Food is adventurous and well-prepared. Best restaurant for outdoor dining on the upper east side
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    Lioness30
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The tables standing too close to each other - so You had to listen to the other guests - if You wanted or not
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fast delight for your tongue
    Lejoke
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    At Café Boulud we enjoyed a lovely and tasteful dinner. In the midst of a romantic setting, accompanied by friendly staff, we enjoyed an exquisite risotto. As European foodies we are used to dine for 2+ hours, but at Café Boulud we were in and out in 60 minutes. It felt like we had fancy fast food. But again... each course was a delight for our tongues.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another fab DB meal
    bkwhelan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Saw John Kerry and enjoyed some fabulous brunch dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as always
    Sometimegourmet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Been here multiple times, never dissapoints. I had the risotto and scallops, my date had the fresh pea soup and halibut.u cant go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lauren
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is still one of my favorite spots in New York! The food was outstanding and we had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.