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Cafe Joul

4.2
4.2
210 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American

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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Menu

Prix-Fixe

$23, saturday-sunday:10:30am-3:30pm. brunch includes a basket of freshly baked pastries and sarabeth's jams, choice of mimosa, bloody mary, bellini or freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee or tea

  • Brioche French Toast

    with lemon mascarpone, fresh berries and toasted almonds

    • Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

      with crispy bacon

      • Poached Eggs with Canadian Bacon

        herb hollandaise on country bread, sweet potato fries and broccoli

        • Garden Omelette

          mushrooms, tomatoes, red peppers and red onions, sweet potato fries and organic mesclun salad

          • Scrambled Eggs with Sweet Potato Fries

            with broccoli and french pork sausage

            • Smoked Scottish Salmon Plate

              with toasted bagel and chive cream cheese

              • Health Salad

                spinach, quinoa, avocado, golden beets, jicama, cucumber, dried cranberries

                • Huevos Rancheros

                  baked eggs, chorizos, black beans, avocado, ranchero sauce and crispy tortilla strips

                  • Le Burger Joul

                    chopped sirloin, red onion marmalade, tomatoes on eli's toasted sesame brioche bun, served with sweet potato fries. add $4

                    • Croque Madame

                      grilled ham and gruyere topped with two sunny side up eggs and mesclun salad

                      • Warm Lobster and Leek Quiche

                        with caesar salad. add $3

                        • Salmon Burger

                          with chipotle mayo, mesclun salad. add $3

                          • Short Rib Hash with Two Sunny Side up Eggs

                            with mesclun salad and onion gravy. add $3

                            Main

                            • Cappuccino or Latte$5.00

                              • Espresso$4.00

                                • Add'l. Mimosa or Bloody Mary$8.00

                                  • Add'l. Orange Juice$4.00

                                    • Sub Egg Whites or Add Cheese$1.50

                                      • Extra Bagel$1.50

                                        • Smoked Salmon Substitution$3.00

                                          • Add'l. Pastry Basket$8.00

                                            • All Side Dishes$6.00

                                              Last updated: May 2, 2019

                                              What 210 people are saying

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                                              4.2
                                              4.2 based on all time ratings
                                              • 4.2Food
                                              • 4.1Service
                                              • 3.9Ambience

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              95% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                              1. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on June 20, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Have enjoyed Joul for years - lovely, kind people. Never a bad meal, never a bad experience. Food that is consistently good. Menu evolves slowly, which is great - you can enjoy your standbys and try new dishes. This is a place you can count on.

                                              2. EW

                                                EWG3

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on June 18, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent food and service, as always. Our waitress remembered that several weeks ago we had asked for a wine from the list but which was out of stock, and told us that they now had it. Where else can you get that kind of attention? I strongly recommend dining here.

                                              3. E

                                                Ellemay

                                                New York Area

                                                85 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                85 reviews

                                                Dined on June 6, 2015

                                                overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                Café Joule is a nice bistro, very welcoming with attentive, friendly service. We've been there many times before. The hamburgers are a particular favorite. This time I had the seafood encroute. A large casserole came with a thick covering of puff pastry. Inside was a tasty broth with a four large pieces of lobster, fish, white beans and vegetables. The server described it as a favorite and filling. I couldn't finish it. The white sausage appetizer was also good. The wine list is extensive. Ambience is French/Continental, and the background music adds to the experience. I'd go just to have a bottle of wine and enjoy the soundtrack.

                                              4. G

                                                Golem212

                                                New York Area

                                                197 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                197 reviews

                                                Dined on May 28, 2015

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                It breaks our hearts that this East Side standby has closed its doors, at least for now. The cuisine, the chef, and the waitstaff welcomed neighborhood regulars and first timers with open hearts and full plates. As good as French bistro food gets in this tough-on-restaurants town.

                                              5. ER

                                                ERIC

                                                New York Area

                                                240 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                240 reviews

                                                Dined on May 11, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I give this quiet little eatery 5 stars !! We were greeted and given window table . Compliments to a very pleasant & professional staff.I had the 9 oz steak and my friend had the Lemon Sole & each dish was presented beautifully...and ofcourse it tasted so good.Kudo's to the chef & staff @ the cafe !! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience....see you soon

                                              6. K

                                                Karmac

                                                New York Area

                                                29 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                29 reviews

                                                Dined on May 10, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We enjoyed a delicious brunch which began with included drinks. The basket of pastries was awesome and I would've been happy just having them. We ordered the brioche French toast ( the only part somewhat disappointing, tasty,but the crust was a bit too crunchy), croque Madame , and the scrambled eggs. Looking forward to many more meals here.

                                              7. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 4, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything is great about this place. A wonderful find with amazing food, service, ambiance... You name it!

                                              8. G

                                                Golem212

                                                New York Area

                                                197 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                197 reviews

                                                Dined on April 20, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Cafe Joul is our go-to place in the East 50s. It's quiet, understated and totally unpretentious. This family-run jewel has great burgers, salads and omelettes highlighted on its well-balanced lunch menu. For dinner, nightly specials (Arctic char is a family favorite) and the always good salmon and steak alternatives keep things interesting. Great food at a great price make Cafe Joul a value leader.

                                              9. b

                                                barbara

                                                New York Area

                                                29 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                29 reviews

                                                Dined on April 5, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have been to Café Joul numerous times over the years, most often for dinner, and each time we leave having enjoyed a truly excellent meal, great/friendly service, a charming ambiance and the pleasure of being able to visit alone or with our guests and actually hear each other speak. The atmosphere can be lively at times, but this is a wonderful spot to go when you don't want to be overwhelmed or aggravated by deafening music or annoying high volume conversation. We have sampled most of the appetizers and entrees, and would gladly order any of them time and again. We often invite guests to Café Joul, and no one has ever been disappointed. We were most recently there with a guest for Easter Sunday brunch, and it was absolutely the perfect spot, and hopping! We look forward to many more meals there, including on nights when they show old silent movies on a screen--one of many special features that add to the charm of Café Joul.

                                              10. SP

                                                SuePhilly

                                                Philadelphia

                                                44 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                44 reviews

                                                Dined on April 4, 2015

                                                overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                The Saturday Brunch was pricey for what was available and what was available was just okay. The coffee was sub-standard. The service was lackluster. The ambience was nondescript.

                                              11. f

                                                fitfoodie

                                                New York Area

                                                16 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                16 reviews

                                                Dined on April 3, 2015

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                Wonderful feel to this spot for meeting a friend or friends, brunch, lunch or dinner. Great, but not over attentive, service and very good food. Love the place.

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                286 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                286 reviews

                                                Dined on March 29, 2015

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                My favorite neighborood spot. Casual; great food; friendly warm service. A pleasure!

                                              13. I

                                                Ivan

                                                New York Area

                                                7 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on March 20, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our family and friends' favorite neighborhood restaurant. Staff makes us feels welcome and the food is always fresh and deliciously prepared. Mahi special was heaven last night. Mussels and wild mushroom ravioli with truffles are both downright addictive. Thanks Heidi and Bertrand and Cafe Joul staff, for 16 consistently delicious years in your sweet bistro, our home away from home! The luckiest neighborhood in NYC!

                                              14. d

                                                dsgnchick

                                                New York Area

                                                171 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                171 reviews

                                                Dined on March 18, 2015

                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                I have always loved this quiet, adult, restaurant. This was my first visit back in over a year, and the food and service have maintained their high quality. And the burger is still the best anywhere!

                                              15. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 15, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Shared food with friends, so I was able to taste several things. EVERYTHING was amazing. The lamb meatballs melted in my mouth, as did the bass. Loved the ambiance. Felt like I was in a cool Paris restaurant that landed in Gotham. Great place to go with friends or on a romantic date. The waiters were on top of things and very friendly. I also loved the music. FINALLY...and place where you can hear great music, but it's not blasting you ears out so you can actually have a conversation without shouting (or hear strangers shout in our ears). The wine was great as well. Two thumbs up. I'm definitely going back!

                                              16. M

                                                Midtown

                                                New York Area

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on March 1, 2015

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Cafe Joul is just up the blockwithin easy walking distance. Brunch is usually crowded which I think is a good sign. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. It is quite charming. The food is excellent, truly made to order. But that does take some time. The staff is excellent , but not overbearing and always smiling. The noise is moderate, but not so loud that you have to shout. We enjoyed the experience and will return.

                                              17. C

                                                Cacs

                                                New York Area

                                                127 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                127 reviews

                                                Dined on February 27, 2015

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                We're never disappointed, whether we order specials or from the regular menu. The chef is French and prepares magnifique cuisine. Not fancy, very welcoming and reliably pleasing.

                                              18. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on February 27, 2015

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                THe staff was very nice and they and the chef accommodated my needs of making small tweaks to their dishes. They let my friend and me stay there for hours and put no pressure on us to leave.

                                              19. D

                                                Diner318

                                                New York Area

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on February 20, 2015

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                It's a great place to have some really good food and relax, talk to friends, just enjoy the moment. The food is always just delicious and there is never a rush. The service is friendly & attentive, not pushy or rushed. The lsmbmeatballs were amazing as was the beet salad. It's all good!

                                              20. JD

                                                JanD

                                                New York Area

                                                254 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                254 reviews

                                                Dined on February 16, 2015

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                It was a pleasure to eat in this tiny bistro-like restaurant. The food and service were very good. I had venison ossso bucco whitewash delicious. Its a it our of the way fro us but we met friends who live in that neighborhood and it was worth going there.

                                              21. RS

                                                RogerS

                                                Richmond

                                                75 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                75 reviews

                                                Dined on January 27, 2015

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Really very pleasant, relaxed cafe atmosphere. The pate was light and aromatic, the burgers were nicely done with excellent fries. Great Parisian-style bourgeois food.

                                              22. R

                                                Ruby

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 24, 2015

                                                overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                We have gone to Café Joul for delicious French food whenever we're in NYC. This time our visit was a disappointment. I love pan seared foie gras and have always gone to Joul for it. I checked their website to make sure it was still on the menu and it was. But when we got there, we were told that it had been removed. I expressed my disappointment and was told by the server not to blame her, that the management had not yet updated the website even though they hadn't had it for several months. She offered a free drink but then ended up charging us for everything we drank. She brought my husband the wrong beer but again charged us for the bottle he hadn't ordered. We ordered my other favorite, crème brulee, The sugar on top was burnt and bitter. We paid the bill and left. We probably will look for another French restaurant the next time we are in the City.

                                              23. BJ

                                                BrooklynJane

                                                New York Area

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on January 7, 2015

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                Every time I come to Cafe Joul after a long absence, I get amazed by how great the food is. Every single thing we ordered was absolutely perfect. I really loved a new dish of lamb meatballs, and a special of foie gras salad with hericot verts and grilled peaches was a huge hit at our table. I managed to have some of my favorite bibb lettuce salad, and yellow beats and jicama salad (love having dinner with lots of people: many opportunities to try things...). Flourless chocolate cake and super thin apple tart finished our dinner. Four bottles of excellent earthy Bordeaux were consumed. I hope for the next trip to CJ very soon!

                                              24. a

                                                alfresco44

                                                New York Area

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on December 30, 2014

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Food is very good at this lovely restaurant and everyone very nice and accommodating. It's a pretty place and I would recommend highly.

                                              25. RR

                                                RRaven

                                                New York Area

                                                18 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                18 reviews

                                                Dined on December 24, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Every detail of our special dinner was superb. The veal medallions were excellent, service impeccable. Cafe Joul is a wonderful experience.

                                              26. HE

                                                HighExpectations

                                                New York Area

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on December 9, 2014

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Although from a distance the standard bistro appearance may look a bit long in the tooth- one step inside and those wide wooden plank floors and local artists work on the walls - combined with energetic young wait staff- suggests a fresher approach- and the food delivers. Think updated bistro menu with a unique flare. CJ's has been in Sutton Place for over 10 years and is one of our absolute favorites. End of week and weekend nights can be tight, so be sure to reserve. Brunch also good on weekends- but it's the dinner menu that shines. Specials are always spot on. Service friendly and excellent. Highly recommended.

                                              27. E

                                                Elle

                                                New York Area

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on November 30, 2014

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                This is a great neighborhood spot for a low key brunch. My parents were coming into town and wanted a nice but reasonably priced spot that didn't attract the bottomless crowd. The prix fixe brunch menu is a great deal. Includes a meal, coffee, brunch drink, and delicious pastries. Look forward to coming to back.

                                              28. FS

                                                FoodieSutton

                                                New York Area

                                                22 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                22 reviews

                                                Dined on November 21, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Cafe Joul is one of those restaurants everybody wishes they had in their neighborhood. Luckily of me, it's around the corner from my apartment. Although I have been a loyal customer for over 10 years, I hadn't been back in a while. I went Friday night and was instantly reminded why I love this place. Truly delicious well-prepared authentically bistro type cuisine (as good as any great Parisian bistro), friendly and attentive service, great wine list, and a cozy not too noisy room. The bibb lettuce salad is one of my faves...the grape seed oil vinaigrette is beyond. Also had the house made pate (yum!) and the steak frites. All perfect. Happy this is in the 'hood. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

                                              29. L

                                                Liketoeat

                                                New York Area

                                                55 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                55 reviews

                                                Dined on November 13, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                Good food, nice people and good service, enjoyable dinner of French bistro food Needs a better wine list

                                              30. D

                                                Divaeating55

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on November 6, 2014

                                                overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                I have thought that the food at Cafe Joule is good but not consistently. The service is often poor. The host or manager has had a depressed or sour expression; and clearly she is leaving for the art world as we overheard. The waitress rushed us and the place was almost empty. The week before last, I went as well; and the food was great but again the staff could hardly wait to get us out at 10 pm. This is NYC ... what was the rush?!

                                              31. E

                                                Effie

                                                New York Area

                                                103 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                103 reviews

                                                Dined on October 30, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                One of the greatest meals is the Fantastic hamburger!!

                                              32. F

                                                Foodperson

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on October 20, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great service, food and ambiance. Fjgiyhj bhffurt jiffy think bcsjiffjj nfdhyryv keffiyeh uh.

                                              33. H

                                                Harper500

                                                New York Area

                                                38 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                38 reviews

                                                Dined on October 12, 2014

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Good value and good food. The bacon is as crisp as you want it. You can taste the blueberries in the blueberry pancakes. Can't complain about a thing.

                                              34. b

                                                barbonyas

                                                New York Area

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on September 27, 2014

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                My wife and I went to Joul this Saturday for brunch and the food was wonderful. Her french toast was delicious and near perfection and my huevos rancheros was savory and wonderful. What a great treat. We will be back again soon.

                                              35. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Denver

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on September 26, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                What a fantastic find for a quiet night out. Cafe Joul provided us just what we needed to kick off a romantic weekend trip to NY. The ambiance was soothing and the food was amazing. The duck dish with Brussel sprouts was the best duck I've ever had. Service was amazing. Katie made our night so perfect and we would go back over and over to continue to explore the menu and hopefully be lucky enough be in her section. Would highly recommend this great dining joul.

                                              36. M

                                                Miller

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on September 18, 2014

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Our number one choice in the neighborhood time and time again. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of steak-frites, lemon sole, saffron mussels and flourless chocolate cake. Everything was fresh and yummy and reasonably-priced. Wines by the glass are always well-selected. Service is the friendliest in town and never makes us feels rushed. There's a reason they've been around for so long!

                                              37. T

                                                Tubbymoon

                                                New York Area

                                                26 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                26 reviews

                                                Dined on September 9, 2014

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Really liked this restaurant. It was quiet and the food was pretty good. My dad and I shared a salad and each had our own entrees. I had the veggie burger, which was messy and delicious. Good shoe string fries. Definitely somewhere I would go back to!

                                              38. A

                                                Aliburger

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on September 4, 2014

                                                overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                They were out of the fish cassoulet which we specifically went there for, out of the liver, second choice. When my mussels arrived they were so small that if I had blinked I would have missed them. At least the steak our friend from abroad had was good. Sadly I don't think we will be returning.

                                              39. E

                                                Eatoutalot

                                                Pittsburgh

                                                17 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on August 31, 2014

                                                overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                The brunch here was everything you would hope for. The Bloody Mary and Bellini were perfect, the duck confit hash, spectacular and the croque madame was absolutely perfect. Only issue was service was rather inattentive considering the small intimate setting of only about 12 tables in the restaurant. Coffee refills were stingy and had to flag down the server for each. The quality of the food definitely made up for the service.

                                              40. g

                                                gdfdmavine

                                                New York Area

                                                28 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                28 reviews

                                                Dined on August 30, 2014

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Never disappoints. The sausage casserole and the pate are delicious starters. The mussels as well as the Joul burger are the best. service is always wonderful. There is never a hurried atmosphere. We always enjoy a Saturday evening at Café Joul after a Saturday's days work. Heidi keep up the good work,

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                                              Cafe Joul is rated 4.2 stars by 210 OpenTable diners

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