Jules Bistro
Jules Bistro

Jules Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.julesbistro.com/
  • Phone: (212) 477-5560
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Pascal Condomine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: The hottest spot to enjoy the finest jazz in the East Village, and never with a cover!

    Nightly performances run from 8:30pm to 11:30pm, in addition to Sunday brunch from 12pm to 3pm. Please consult our website and Facebook page for our weekly lineup.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subways: L at 3rd Avenue, 6 at Astor Place or N/R to 8th Street NYU.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Jules Bistro
A taste of Boulevard St. Germain on St. Mark’s, Jules Bistro has captivated diners for twenty years with its amber coziness, nightly live jazz and authentic French bistro cuisine.

Having resided in Harlem for many years upon his move to New York, owner Georges Forgeois was inspired to bring the energy of the many jazz venues he frequented down to the Rock ‘n Roll East Village. With Jules, Georges revived the long overlooked jazz era and introduced it to a whole new generation alongside heaping piles of moules frites, bubbling bowls of onion soup gratinée and tender onglet de boeuf.

Whether you’re stopping by for a glass of red, settling in for a romantic meal or enjoying the music, Jules Bistro delivers a memorable experience with the reassurance "we’ll always have Paris."
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Jules Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)romantic (17)late-night find (12)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (10)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (7)special occasion (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Jules used to present semi serious jazz by good musicians. They actually had a good band friday, but to please the young audience they started out with good Jazz and switched to Carole King etc. that is not why you go to Jules. Please focus on the good french food and the good Jazz, or you will be like all the others.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday fun day!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Went there with my wife for their unlimited mussels monday. PERFECT! Alex, the manager, has welcome us in a very professional manner, making sure our entire dinner was satisfying. A band was playing, the restaurant was busy, and the atmosphere was fantastic. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Bistro with a Side of Jazz
    Logo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    If I were to base my opinion on a single visit, it'd probably rate middle of the road. If you're there to have a nosh with a live jazz band, it works. If you're looking for a high-performing kitchen, or a floor staff that can set enough seats to the reservation, you might want to look elsewhere. (Like a lot of places, you're better off in the quieter periods and this was a Saturday night.) That said, they've been in business for c. 20 or so years, they should have this down by now. In past visits I've had some excellent soups, this time my pork schnitzel was underwhelming. Heard skate was excellent but navarin d'agneau a bit sweet on the sauce. But any place hosting live music gets at least a couple of bonus points in my book.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jules rules
    SrtaBovary
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    For people hungry for live jazz, good wine, and real not- decaffeinated stuff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good
    LarryDVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was ok nothing speciAl waiter was young and funny
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice french restaurant
    Service
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nice french food and live jazz. Friendly staff and good wines
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    3 man jazz group with a great brunch, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jules is a "Jewel"
    robkapVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Second time we were there, this tme brought another couple. Everything went well. We had asked for an outdoor patio table and the very friendly hostess had it ready for us. From the appetizers to the dessert, everything was excellent. And the Jazz just made it better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifique
    MagnifiqueVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Friday night, great food, wonderful live jazz music, superb staff !!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jules
    StuCo11
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ok, nothing special. Escargot was over cooked and steak was too. Service was good. Piped in jazz early on a Saturday. Room has a decent vibe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Sunday Musical Brunch
    CmhgVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What a fantastic concept this place has. The band on Sunday brunch was wonderful! The food is okay: poached egg dishes were very good but the french toast not so much. Unlimited $12 mimosa is a great option and the refill is legit. I will definitely come back for some great jazz and try perhaps dinner menu instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 131 reviews are from the Jules Bistro reviews archive.
  • deafening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    i get new york's noise levels. i get close tables- animated and "energetic" but this was totally insane. i literally could not hear my date. love le singe vert, saw this was in the restaurant group so gave it a try. we essentially shoveled our dinner down to get out of there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jazz at Jules
    tonycbrown
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There's really good live jazz here very frequently.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and delightful
    senoritaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    the special salade frisee with chicken livers and bacon and ... was delicious - the only problem was that much as i loved the jazz which is why i went, it was just too loud for conversation
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    nycdiningamateur
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My third time at Jules Bistro. Great atmosphere - feels like you're in Paris in the 1920s or 30s - the live jazz in the evening adds to the mood. Nice mix of group seating and cozy places for a date. Food is great and the prices are not overwhelming. Just remember to bring cash, since they don't take Visa or Mastercard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    TizLozVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A guarantee of quality in terms of food, service and live jazz!Go go go!It's always a delicious experience.That time I had the soup d'ognon and the grilled fish...simply amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    my long time favorite! great music, fun atmosphere, delicious food and wide variety of wine! and don't forget to get a "french mojito" - an awesome twist on a classic cocktail!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • East Village Jazz and French Fair
    OldSalt
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice little bistro, but the real draw the night we were there was some world-class jazz in a small space with no cover charge.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paris in NYC
    nygal303
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Took advantage of the Loire Valley Week Menu: oysters with wine pairing and cod, also with wine pairing - both were delicious. Service was friendly & good - never felt rushed to finish courses, ambience was fun, and the jazz music was really wonderful. The restaurant only takes Amex and cash, which the maitre'd told me when I confirmed over the phone and again, when I gave my name at the reservation desk. It's always nice to go to a french restaurant where the servers are french (the accent made us feel like we were in Paris). Will definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Jazz not the food
    Val46
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Small basement level spot with regular live jazz. Our group of 4 was seated right in front of musicians, which seemed nice at first, but then ended up being more disruptive to the conversation. Service was pretty good. The ambiance was appropriate, the menu selection has some interesting options. The sore point: expensive food that was absolutely not worth the price. It was not bad, but fairly underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music and ambiance
    ATVT
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our first time at Jules was a very mediocre experience. Escargots appetizer plate was good, but the french onion soup and the hanger steak were rather disappointing. We loved the live music and the ambiance and may possibly drop in again just for a drink. I rate the service "poor" because of the waitress. The rest of the staff was pretty pleasant and helpful. The waitress was short in her communication, almost poked my eye while cleaning a few plates from the table and really did not know how to communicate the absence of items (wine to steak frites) in a nice way to direct us to another choice. Another female employee (maybe the manager) even asked her if everything was OK while she was being unpleasant with us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place
    SLeblanc
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Have been to Jules twice. Incredible food, superb beef tartare, wonderful music, atmosphere and service. Can't wait to be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frozen croque madame? Really?
    Stupidnicknamerequirement
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Why can't they make croque madame sans jambon? Because it's frozen. The ham literally cannot be physically dissociated from the cheese. The jazz is good, and I'd go there for drinks and music. But I went as a restaurant. Which it wasn't, really. My crepe, which, being the daily special, did allow of the 86ing of the jambon, was thoroughly lackluster. It did not neglect to be lackluster in any regard: not in its conception or execution, its texture or its taste. Which is, I suppose, an accomplishment of sorts. A pity, because the band was good.
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  • One of my favorites
    justme
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Jules is one of my favorite spots, both to reserve a table for dinner with a friend, or to stop by the bar any night of the week. It has a very authentic ambience of a French bistro, with live music 7 days a week, no cover, good beers and wines, good food, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old school but young at heart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Love this place. Classic French meal with a real french fabulous hostess. wine was great for the price and the ambiance transported us, for a little while anyway, to France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT BUT....
    Tony8
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    JUST A PET PEEVE... I HATE WHEN THEY PUT THE TIP ON THE BILL AUTOMATICALLY JUST BECAUSE IT'S MORE THAN 4 PEOPLE... I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT... I'M A GREAT TIPPER AND THEY WAITER/WAITRESS LOSES OUT ON A BETTER TIP BECAUSE I'M TOO ANNOYED TO ADD MORE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz n good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This place is great when you're looking for something different in the east village. Food is great, service was outstanding, and the live jazz was the cherry on top!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a dinner, jazz
    Amsner
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Loved the staff, the food, the jazz and the atmosphere. A great place for a group dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live jazz and great food
    TizLozVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I' ve been there with my husband and we had a special night out!I took the soup de jour(creamy mushrooms)and a plate of cheese a d meat for him(huge...I suggest you to share).As main course I had the skate wings and he took the lamb cooked into the wine....both simply delicious!We ended with a Tarte Tatin to share and we definetly "had a jump" in Paris!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Find!
    MosesVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were looking for a nice place for dinner and some live music and found Jules Bistro on Open Table and thought we would give it a try. Feuled only by other patrons reviews we tried it and absolutely LOVED the restaurant. The risoto was to die for. The sauteed spinach was incredible. And the music was amazing. On top of all that we had a wonderful server who really made the experience even better. There was a great live jazz band playing and we had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Jazzy Fun
    AlNyc
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I had my birthday dinner here with my best friend. The host saved a seat for us right in front of the jazz band...it was like having front row seats with a completely unobstructed view. The bartender was lovely and very friendly. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The music was fantastic. I will definitely be coming back!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    felina
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Nice vibe, jazz and food, thanks, what else can we say?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great local spot
    hungrydinerVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Went here on a date after seeing a show downtown. We were early for our reservation but it wasn't problem, we were still seated right away. Initially they sat us by the window- I think so we could have privacy but it was pretty cold and the window's are not insulated so we requested to move to a different table- they accommodated us no problem. Though we sat down after 10 the restaurant was still relatively packed. The live music was really enjoyable and not disruptive at all. At one point our waitress- who's french, joined the band for a song- it was a fun treat and made for an authentic experience. The food was good- the duck breast was well cooked and my date liked his chicken. Would def go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will do again!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    The owner us very very nice...I did enjoyed the duck..it was perfect....in one word it was 'EXCELLENT'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jules Bistro great Village Hideout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This is a simple relaxing straightforward excellent restaurant. The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. The hos and the services were excellent. The lady at the bar with the multiple exposed tattoos was interesting to stare at. The jazz session was very good and not too loud. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Brunch Great, Dinner OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Brunch is great, but dinner just okay. Steak disappointed, duck breast was good. But when you include the jazz music, it's worth it at any meal; outstanding for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy customer
    Lars
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We went here with some friends and we had a great night! The food was good and the mood in the restaurant is very cozy. Very often jazz bands are playing and that makes it even better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer attentative
    John
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We spend New Year's eve and the manager and staff addressed all our needs in a friendly and positive, even funny manner. Music great. Atmosphere superb. We also recommend the monthly candle light dinners
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite French spot!
    Diana
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Always a pleasure coming here, but I only bring people I really like because I don't want to ruin this little gem! I attended a wine tasting here years ago, or I would never have found this place. Cramped, worn red leather and wood decor, but it's so beautiful and the setting is intimate. Live jazz periodically plays, which is always a treat (yes it gets loud, get over it and enjoy it!). The lovely French lady server I usually have even sings sometimes, which is so cool. Cons: I always have to ask them to warm/toast my baguette to go with my escargots (SO GOOD), and they only take cash and Amex. Pros: Everything else! Totally worth the trip downtown. Keep it up Jules, don't ever change, I love you just the way you are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a low-key excellence
    beenthereatethatVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    terrific place, been here often for pre-theater (in the east village) or just to linger. the jazz is often quite good. the service is very attentive, and the food is reliably tasty and well prepared at a nonextortional rate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.