We are regulars who find the
We are regulars who find the food consistently excellent, and the services is always very welcoming, friendly and accomodating. We find it a very comfortable place to have an excellent dinner or brunch, with a nice ambiance. It's equally great for a special occasion or a casual "any time" meal. We look forward to may more meals at Cafe Joul.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been taking guests
I have been taking guests to Cafe Joul for years, as well as dining there myself on occasion. I have always found it a success with guests and a great place to go in the neighborhood. Having Cafe Joul nearby with great food and great service means that I do not have to go far to entertain friends or for an enjoyable dining experience.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is very good and
The food is very good and in the right proportions. I would not mind having a starch as standard inclusion. Service is also very good. While not spacious,it does allow for private conversations.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure to eat here.
Always a pleasure to eat here. A neighbourhood gem with a fabulous menu, delicious specials, friendly attentive service, and a great wine list. A go-to when guests come into town and we need a special treat.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
BEST for Brunch!
Cafe Joul is our favorite brunch spot in NYC. The wait staff is always attentive and friendly. The food is reliably delicious. Their brunch, complete with complimentary pastry basket (YUM), is hard to beat. Their fresh-squeezed OJ is delish, especially in a complimentary mimosa! The restaurant is not a 'scene' like so many other popular NYC haunts. It's just a lovely neighborhood gem, never too crowded, with food that never fails to satisfy and delight.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best neighborhood Resturant
The best neighborhood Resturant around.
I've been coming here since they opened and
have never had even a mediocre meal. Always
delicious. Great choice of wines,and the best
burgers in the city. Every special is a winer.
The mushroom ravioli is incredible. Perfect
choice for brunch.
The wait staff and manager always friendly and very knowledgable.
A must go. Don't forget to order the cheese plate.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We often go to Cafe Joul as
We often go to Cafe Joul as a neighborhood restaurant. The food is always good. It would be nice if they altered their menu a little bit more. Service is good and attentative.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy restaurant. Excellent
Cozy restaurant. Excellent foie gras. Welcoming staff.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Real Find
Cafe JOUL was recommended by a 3rd party who lived in this neighborhood. We tried it for the first time several years ago & every time we return we are continually impressed with the quality of food and sweet atmosphere. It truly is a gem.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a delicious dinner with out-of-town friends at Cafe Joul. Everyone loved the food, especially the Sea Scallops special. All our dinners were very fresh, cooked perfectly, with great service and the perfect atmosphere to talk and catch up. Wine list had a lot of variety. We definitely will be back!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
charming...with 2 caveats
Lovely, charming restaurant with great food but some tables seem closer together than others which given a loud/obnoxious neighbor diner can make a big difference in the atmosphere. Also, the banquettes are uncomfortable which led us to have dessert elsewhere.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service are always
The food and service are always good. The tables are close together so conversation can be a challenge if the restaurant is full.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
solid french bistro
always dependably good, standard bistro fare prepared lovingly
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
keep your cool
the reservation was honored timely. the food and service were superb. it was warm that night and the air conditioning either was broken or just not turned on
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A true French Bistro - I felt
A true French Bistro - I felt I was back in Paris. The food is delicious and is matched well with an extensive wine list.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Joul nice French dining spot.
Food, service, noise are all very pleasant, and prices are OK. I have eaten here several times an I keep coming back, so they must be doing something right.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We decided to try Cafe Joul because of its proximity to an appointment; it's not a part of town we frequent. It was a very pleasant little spot; some creative cookery on the brunch menu (goat cheese quiche over a Caesar salad; short rib hash accompanied by roasted broccoli), and a delicious variety of tiny baked goods and genuine jams for the table. Nice little touches like fresh orange juice in my Mimosa! One busy waited served the entire room, but managed to keep up a good level of service. We liked it well enough to discuss what dishes we might try on a repeat visit. Moderate noise ebbed to quiet once one large table with out-of-town guests finished and departed.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My aunt lives close to the restaurant and always notices they have a line out front. The food must be good if there's a line! We decided to try it out and it was very good! A great find and the prix fix menu was perfect. A small, quaint restaurant perfect for a small group or just for two.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I never worry bringing someone to Cafe Joul. The food is always good or better. We started off with the smoked sable salad. The varied tastes that included a citrus accent made this appetizer outstanding. The calf's liver was perfect (medium rare for me and medium for my friend) as was the herb mashed potatoes. Will go back again and again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner with niece
We returned after a time away. The menu is much the same, which is good. We enjoyed ourselves. I had the salmon which was very good. The only negative was that service seemed slow this time. Not the norm, and I expect it to be the exception to the rule. We'll go again.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and Delicious
A sijmple but enjoyable atmosphere wherein we enjoyed excellent service by a joyful server who aimed to please. Pleased
we were with our meals, all hot and plated nicely. A pleasant spot that tries very hard.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely neighborhood spot
We shared the Goat Cheese Pizza/Salad which was refreshing... I had the Duck Breast which was perfect. Service was professional and friendly - very welcoming. will return
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and good food.
Great service and good food. Reservations for two at 8:30 - we were seated promptly. A nice wine list, even though it is not extensive. DH had the tomato burrata as an appetizer - it was delicious. I had the crab cake special. It was OK. The mussels (traditional) were plentiful and delicious. The lemon sole was also very good. The warm apple tart for dessert was great. Overall, very satisfied! Nice little place.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a Tuesday night
We went on a Tuesday night and had a 7:45 reservation. Many of the restaurants we walked past on 1st avenue were relatively empty. Café Joul was a full house. The food is good, but the place is small and the tables are close together. The service was so-so. Too many people for the staff size. We witnessed one table where the couple kept asking about their food and then wound up having to take the food with them as they had a date. But, our food arrived timely. The staff was very apologetic to that couple. We also witness the hostess trying to get an elderly couple to vacate their table. They had just been sitting since we had walked in and finished our dinners. She told the hostess they were still waiting for their dessert.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always another great meal.
As always another great meal. I had the sweetbreads
last nite which happens to be one of my favorite.
I've never had better Anywhere!!
It even tasted better with a nice wine that was
recommend by a most knowledgeable and
friendly manager. I don't want to forget the wonderful
frise salad and finished with a perfect lemon tart.
Service is friendly and comfortable.
Been going since they opened and never disappointed
A must go.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Great neighborhood gem.
Great Great neighborhood gem. Never a bad meal.
The chicken and fish specials are always the best.
The manager is incredibly sweet and always helpful.The friendliest
There's only one draw back. The cheapest wine pours
in the entire island of Manhattan. You can spend $1000.00
and you couldn't even get a comp coffee let alone a glass of wine.
Maybe there are new owners, never see the original ones.
Better off they weren't as nice as the present manager.
Go anyhow the food and service is great.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM