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Bocado Cafe

4.4
4.4
992 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Wine Bar & Restaurant
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:30 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 289-9004

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    87th and Lexington Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Trains 4,5,6 to 86th Street and Lexington Ave

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 992 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SQ

    SnoozyQzee

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A neighborhood gem with a menu friendly for all tastes and preferences. My spinach & pear salad was made more delicious with the buttery grilled shrimp on top. The skirt steak my fellow diner ate was very good, too.
  2. s

    segs

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food; was not rushed by server; decent value
  3. k

    kbsd

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    The Maitre’d and Hostess had an opportunity to accommodate a change of table and refused. Despite a reservation we were seated on the only access aisle to the bathroom and throughout our lunch were jostled and nudged. Poor, poor service recovery. Our wait person was attentive, accommodating and perfect in every way. The lunch was lovely, perfectly prepared and eggs were cooked to specification. Kudos to the kitchen, back of the house and tsk, tsk to the front of house.
  4. BS

    BonniS

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We all had salads and they were delicious. Service was friendly and timely.
  5. j

    jiml

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food and atmosphere. A little pricy
  6. DW

    DavesWife

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I ate there twice during a recent visit to NYC. It was a nice place to meet a friend or a couple for lunch or dinner. It is a bit too crowded to accommodate large groups. But, I found it just right for me and my friends.
  7. CB

    CBNY

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wanted to stay close to home so decided to try the Pre-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Bocado. So glad I did. The food was very good, especially the turkey and the roasted carrots. Will definitely try it again!
  8. BM

    BruceM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Food was delivered cold and had to be sent back. We were seated next to a step and cramped in a corner. Wasn’t comfortable.
  9. AP

    AnastasiaP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    We had a reservation for 5 guests. They put us at a table meant for 4 guests and had the 5th person sitting in the area designated for waiters and guests to pass through to the extension space. That meant waiters & guests kept squeezing behind our 5th person. It was very uncomfortable and frustrating. All of the appetizers were very good(artichokes, kataifi shrimp, calamari and pasta bolognese). 3 out of 5 guests ordered steak frites and the steak was awful. It was tough and difficult to chew.
  10. i

    i8itall

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good spot for brunch or dinner. The food has always been good (good flavors, well seasoned, appropriate temperature).
  11. m

    manhattanmom

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was tasty and the service were attentive. Yet, in the middle of our meal, my husband was approached from behind by a homeless man who entered the restaurant and came to ask for money or food. This man was able to come into the restaurant and walk across the main room to our table as there was no one at the hostess desk. In fact, my husband has to tell the man to go away and then a manager came over. This was scary and when brought to the attention of the manager, It did not feel as if any remedy was going to keep this from happening again. We like the restaurant but will pause before going again.
  12. VM

    ValerieM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Oddly, when I arrived they did not have my reservation on record (though I had an email confirming it but I also had an email asking how my visit was 5 hours before my reservation so....) but luckily they were able to squeeze us in with no issues. Food was great as usual and the staff was on top of everything and refilled our sodas a lot! This is such a nice spot with good people and great food. Truly a neighborhood gem!
  13. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Decent comfort food, with a sufficiently broad menu to satisfy different preferences. A bit on the expensive side for the ambience and food.
  14. L

    Lhoh

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Typical brunch fare. Customer service was excellent. I did think the poached eggs could have been a little bit runnier but small point. Tasty food and nice place to get brunch.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Upon arriving the Hostess was extremely rude, I’m not sure if she was just overwhelmed because it was busy but it just set such a negative tone right off the bat. Food was slow but we were prepare for that. I had salmon over the mango avocado salad. Salmon was delicious and perfectly cooked. The salad itself needed more dressing and could be so good if they upped their game with the dressing, not a lot is flavor. My daughters hamburger was well done and she asked for medium. The hubs had a mushroom omelet that he liked. Nutella crepe we all shared was awesome. Service in general was slow but nice.
  16. AG

    AG17

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in UES. I’ve been there half a dozen times in the last few months. Great if you’re coming off the 4/5/6 to go to the MET. Excellent service. Brunch comes with a complimentary mimosa. Food is always solid. Wine selection is good and at a decent price.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We eat here for Brunch on the d we eekend as we
  18. JM

    JeffM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    It is too overpriced but the food, service and ambiance is very good.
  19. LE

    LELLY212

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    our waitress was strictly an order taker.. ZERO personality.. ZERO helpfullness.. all she did was take our order on her little handheld computer.... never once came by to see how we were doing.. how our food was ( so i never got more salad dressing.. so i broughtmost of my salad home) somebody else brought the food to our table. the food IS pretty good.. but the service was so poor.. that i am not sure i will bother going back again.. which is unfortunate.. because the place is literally 2 blocks from my apt.. oh well!!!
  20. DS

    DianaS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bocado is my go to neighborhood restaurant for lunch. Portions are large enough to share and the food is reliably tasty. Love their onion rolls! Just wish they also offered lighter fare like muffins or croissants and a choice of soups. Good cappuccinos but awful plain coffee.
  21. SP

    SpecialPTOccasion

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for kids with children's menu that includes wide selection.
  22. O

    Oldtimer

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic, we are out in the sidewalk shed and they were constantly coming out and making sure we were happy
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i had a great omelette and cappuccino! i would def go back
  24. UW

    UpperWestgal

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastically delicious appetizers and a wonderful wine list - all at appropriate prices served by an attentive wait staff.
  25. TH

    TamaraH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance was so nice from the greeter to the server everyone was nice and welcoming. The only reason I took off one star was because my daughter ordered her steak well done and it came back medium rare. The server immediately notified management and the came over to address. My daughter was offered a complimentary Bellini and they remade her entire meal. She stated it came out better than the first. It was an amazing experience with some great food. Will definitely go back
  26. AB

    AlisonB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary day began auspiciously with a wonderful Sunday brunch at Bocado Café. I found it on Open Table looking for something within walking distance of the Met. The food was superb. My husband had the Lamb Burger, and I had the Quinoa with Kale and two poached eggs. Both were way above our expectations in both taste and presentation, and prices were reasonable. We also enjoyed the Bellinis that were included. The atmosphere was very "NY Sunday Brunch", and we will look forward to coming for another visit.
  27. d

    dineoutdiva

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great food, great bar! The artichoke appetizer was to die for!!
  28. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent!! Food was delicious
  29. J

    Janey

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good overall. English muffin on the eggs Benedict was a little thin and the canadian bacon a little tough. Other members of our party liked their dishes. Side of fruit was excellent. Service was good. We sat outside on the Lexington Ave side so we didn't have to deal w noise factor of being inside. I'd go again but would order something different.
  30. PM

    PatriciaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Branzino was lovely, scallop appetizer was amazing, service was great. Overall a really perfect experience.
  31. KE

    iKEA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Bocado for lunch. Really enjoyed the ambiance and food. Will definitely go again.
  32. DW

    DeborahWong

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was definitely delicious. Went with the highly reviewed crab cakes and it was in point, delicious and filled with crab meat. Burgers were good but the brioche bun was a bit dry. Steak and eggs with salad is worth it and our fave was the French toast! Overall a nice afternoon brunch. Service was not the best but perhaps it was because of a busy sun day afternoon.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at Bocado after Shul and it was amazing again! Its a small place but we made a reservation this time since we had friends from Canada visiting. The food is delicious, service is super , and the ambiance was perfect. We ordered different things on both occasions and they were all fantastic, so you cant go wrong! I would suggest the steak and eggs which is enough for two =) Bocado is one the best in the area and we will be there again this weekend!
  34. A

    Anewyorkeater

    New York Area

    119 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bocado is a consistently good neighborhood restaurant.
  35. JP

    JudyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place to meet for lunch. Good food, attentive service. Coffee a bit weak! We'll come back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for a birthday and the staff was very attentive! They do bread for the table service too. The food was good, but I would not describe it as extraordinary. We ordered the octopus appetizer and it came out very rubbery and overcooked. When we asked for a new one the explained that it will not come back less cooked because they buy it frozen and precooked. They would all be the same texture. The rest of the meal was lovely though. Just avoid the octopus appetizer.
  37. GC

    GiovannaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Happy hour does not apply to the tables and you are not permitted to buy drinks at the bar and bring to the table. Not something you would expect from a wine bar.
  38. DS

    DeborahS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent wait staff! We enjoyed our Sunday evening outdoor dining.
  39. j

    jose

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    French fries were over cooked, asked for replacement which came in less than 10 seconds and were also over cooked. Had 3 - 4 people waiting on me. Never knew who was my server.
  40. MC

    MsChiff

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our friend’s birthday and we couldn’t have chosen a better place to celebrate. Special thanks to Maria who was a delight and who took care of our party as though we were part of her family.

FAQs

Bocado Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Bocado Cafe

1293 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Additional information

  • Cross street

    87th and Lexington Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 8:30 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Trains 4,5,6 to 86th Street and Lexington Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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