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Cafe Joul
Cafe Joul

Cafe Joul Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafejoul.com
  • Phone: (212) 759-3131
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:30pm

    Casse-Croute (afternoon snack/tea menu) Monday - Friday: 3:30pm -5:30

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Bertrand Vernejoul
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Dishes chosen from our menus may be ordered for larger parties for delivery 24 hours in advance.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 58th and East 59th Streets
  • Public Transit: N, R, 4, 5, 6 trains on 59th and Third Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Nearest local garage located on East 59th Street between First and Second Avenue.
A word from Cafe Joul
Cafe Joul, a French-American bistro, has been a perpetually popular staple in the Sutton Place neighborhood since the year 2000. A convivial, neighborhood atmosphere combined with the high-quality cuisine of chef-owner Bertrand Vernejoul have created a large devoted following.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Cafe Joul for Father's Day brunch -- it was lovely, the food was good, and the music was spot on (it's like they created a Pandora station just for him). Not my first time, and I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I brought two guests from out of town knowing that whatever they were in the mood for and however hungry they were Cafe Joul would satisfy. And it did. Two of us had the calves liver, one preferred medium, the other medium rare. The dishes came out just as we wanted. The liver's texture was even and firm, not mushy as it sometimes is served. The mushroom and onions on the side were sauteed to perfection with a sauce that was light and well seasoned...or was that simply the remains of what the vegetables were sauteed in? Doesn't matter. It was good. My other guest enjoyed the lemon sole. Always delighted with Cafe Joul...the food, the service and rustic atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere in a bar-like setting. High noise level so we were glad to be in an out of the way table. Food was really good all around and service about the best."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Restaurant is a touch of Paris I have never had a bad meal there Service is excellent"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Cafe Joul has never disappointed us - after a year's absence, we had 2 old favorites (Burger Joul and Hangar Steak) and a pork tenderloin special, all perfectly prepared. Highly recommend Cafe Joul for a casual evening with friends or date night."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A cute little neighborhood restaurant, always friendly service and reliable food. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This was a great OpenTable find! Came here with my book group and while the restaurant was full and we were easily able to hear each other. Food was delicious. I loved my heirloom and buratta salad as well as my salmon and kale main course. We shared a delicate flourless chocolate cake and rich, yummy mascarpone cheesecake. All plates went back to the kitchen wiped clean. Prices are very reasonable and our waitress was friendly and very accommodating to our member with dietary restrictions. See you next month! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Not much to offer for a high price! The tuna salad was unremarkable and served wrong. I asked if Parmesan was shave and it turned out to be crumbled. Coffee was an outrageous price. All in all we felt the restaurant had an old tired feel to it. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We eat at Joul at least once a week and we always have a wonderful meal. the food is always fresh & flavorful and never ever tastes as if produced in mass quantity...just the opposite. Very individualized. The only disappointment for us is we never see the same wait staff, ever. What's up with that? The music is always just perfect too!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Cafe Joul is our favorite local restaurant. The food is very good and we are always made to feel welcome by the very gracious manager, a young woman who sets the tone for the restaurant. Its a true Sutton Place find."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I always like this place in the neighborhood, but now that the service is getting better, the experience there is more pleasant."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Romantic setting, friendly service, and excellent food -- we use Cafe Joul for special occasions. When there, we forget we are in NYC and remember bistros in Paris."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I need to come back and work my way through the menu!! That's how good it is."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Always a winner. Amazing food, amazing service. Warm friendly greeting and only gets better. What's good on the menu EVERYTHING!!! Don't miss brunch. The perfect go to place."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I took my teenage son to the restaurant to introduce him to French dining in the city. He enjoyed it very much and loved the food. The salad was delicious and so were the choice of entries! I wanted to try at least 3 of them! I had the duck and my son the steak! Sumptuous!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always came for the great brunches. Finally came for diner last week.we thought the brunches were great. Diner is amazing. From the special salad to the most well prepared skate I ever had. Tasted my friends burger (my new place for th best in town) Wonderful selection for the cheese plate as well as great wine selection. They were totally packed and still had perfect service. A must go not only for brunch but a great diner."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a new waitress and she let the steak and duck sit too long, so by the time it got to the table it was *very* well done. They had to remake it. But after that, everything was great!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had two customers in from out of town, their first and only choice for diner. Casual,relaxed diner with amazing food and of course great service. Wonderful cassoulet, and mushroom ravioli with pencil asparagus.(WOW) The chocolate cake is perfect, and great cheese plate. Nice wine selection. A must go!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Cafe Joul never disappoints. Whether I'm in the mood for something light or more elaborate I can find it on the menu. On my last visit I had the salmon with kale and quinoa. It was outstanding. When asked how I wanted the salmon prepared, I left it to the chef and it was perfect, medium rare. The bibb lettuce salad is one of my favorites, fresh greens and grape seed dressing. My friend had the onion soup and said it was just the right blend of great soup and heavenly cheese. Her entree was the liver and she thought it was well prepared. And then we succumbed to the apple tart with ice cream. What a way to go! And we'll be back for more of everything."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Is so nice to see a Resturant that's been around for a while keeps getting better. Warm friendly feeling as soon as you walk in. Great helpful service which goes with the incredible food. Everything on the menus is fantastic. Well priced wines. Yummy deserts and super cheese plate. Never an off day. A must go!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a find. From the moment you walk in your greed by a most friendly hostess. The service so friendly and helpful. Now to the food WOW 4 of us had different dishes, everyone was fabulous. The chocolate cake really ended the meal on a high note. Great wines as well A must go"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Just not as good as it used to be. Something definitely changed but it is still good. I wouldn't stay away for sure!!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food here is always consistently good, nice wines and pleasant service for reasonable prices"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Joule is a great midtown east restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service courteous and friendly. We were not rushed and felt free to spend family time there"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This restaurant got good reviews both on OpenTable and other sites, and lived up to its billing. The food was terrific, and my group - five family members getting together for the first time in months - felt very well-taken-care of. The service was smooth and the staff polite and helpful. I also loved the ambiance - small, initimate and cozy."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our first time at Cafe Joul, we chose it for Valentine's Day. The quiet ambiance, delicious food and friendly but professional service all contributed to a lovely dinner. The portions were just right; we had the sea bass (special) and the duck. Both had interesting vegetable combinations. Topping it off was a great mascarpone cheese cake with raspberries. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "What a find. Always friendly, great food great service in a comfortable atmosphere. I find it amazing how everything on the menu can always be as great as it is. Every special is a winner. I'm waiting for the sweetbreads to come back as a special, which are absolutely the best in the city. Amazing burgers,Mussles. I better stop before I go thru the entire menu. Don't forget the fabulous brunch. A must go."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had tried Cafe Joul for brunch before and finally made it for dinner! Both of our dishes were very good, the drinks were nice. Service was also great! Attentive and friendly but not overbearing! Would definitely return. Its great to have this place in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Café Joul is a pleasant experience from the moment you step inside, not pretentious but just very good cooking French style and the service is not overbearing but relaxed. Overall a nice evening was had by us in a quaint atmosphere. our burgers as well as our sausage salad and pate were delicious."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I've been coming as a regular for a long time and have never been disappointed. Superb food in a warm,relaxed atmosphere. The service is professional and friendly. A perfect resturant in every way. A must go!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "A must go! Perfect in every way. The seafood cassoulet is amazing. My friend is addicted to the mushroom ravioli. One of th best brunches in town. You will be missing a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere, with great service if you don't go."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "From the minute you walk in your made to feel at home. Everything on the menu ie a winner. The burgers are the best in the city. The specials are always special. Service is always friendly and knowledgeable. Interesting wine list. Brunch is a must. Just a perfect resturant"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I have lived abt 10 blocks away for over 25yrs and never heard of Café Joul.and we eat out abt 4 nights a week"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had a very good dinner at Cafe Joul. The food was excellent, the service was charming and on a cold winter night this neighborhood restaurant was a perfect choice. My friends come from all over to eat here and recommended it. I'm glad its right in my neighborhood. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance was wonderful. I had a salad and the mushroom ravioli my companion had the lobster bisque and duck, all excellent. We enjoyed their limited but very diverse and reasonable priced by the glass. The service was impeccable, we were never rushed and actually may have over stayed our time, catching up. I strongly recommend Cafe Joul to anyone looking for an exceptional dinner in a relaxing environment, I will certainly return with friends and clients."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Food is always excellent. The last time I was there the service was terrible."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Went to Cafe Joul for a quiet Christmas Eve. The wait staff is wonderful and the food was great."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Had customers in from out of town who only want to eat here. They only want the ravioli with asparagus. I convinced them to try the cassoulet.(my favorite) Now theirs. Perfect neighborhood restaurant.Outstanding food,service in a most comfortable warm relaxed atmosphere. Every dish a winner. A Must Go!!! Don't forget to order the cheese plate"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Want a great brunch, look no further. Best in town. Want a great diner, look no further. From food to service it has it all in a most comfortable atmosphere. A must go!!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "My friends love this restaurant and it has now become one of my favorites too! For the second time in a month I found it to be consistent with great food, lovely ambience and good value for the price. I would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014