Bar Boulud

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Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $25 and dinner for $52. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.
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PC
Atlanta
101 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent quality and service. A very enjoyable meal

PD
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good option prior to performances at Lincoln Center. The brunch menu offers a fairly wide selection of offerings. If you would rather have a lunch meal than an egg dish, there are a few to chose from. The server realized that my guest is vegan, and she was provided with a tasty lunch. There could have been a few more dessert options, but the chocolate mousse was outstanding. The service was attentive and efficient, especially in light of the fact that the restaurant was extremely busy.

GV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Greeting was warm and professional at a very busy time. Server was very personable and efficient. Food was fine and we enjoyed our meal. Location is very convenient to Lincoln Center and I would recommend this restaurant pre-performance.

MK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner very much. However, the noise level is high enough from diners talking and staff working — we don’t need to have music as well! Please stop that. Thanks.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Requested booth. Refused as we were only 2. Saw several booths with only 2. Inquired and told patrons there since 10. It was 12. No one eats lunch at 10
Ordered tea. Never came Asked again from another server before served. Had to ask for someone to take our order. Have eaten at Bar Boulud for years and NEVER has this unpleasant experience.
Ordered bagel and lox. Bagel limp. Almost no cream cheese. Lox much too salty.
What happened?

MP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and when temperature of dish not to client’s satisfaction, they made every attempt to correct it
Classy restaurant
Would recommend

BD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar Boulud is consistently great everytime. You have to try this place if you are local or going to Lincoln center.

D
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too busy. Stuck near the front door. Every time the door opens a big blast of cool air washes over you. Could not move from table unless somebody at the next table got up so you could move. Too taken with themselves.

m
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was nice—I liked the design and the art.
The service was good—friendly and helpful.
The food was well prepared yet it seemed a little tired- a little predictable, no innovation or creativity.

BM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, our experience was delightful; we were allowed to take our table early and had an extended Sunday lunch/brunch. The service was quite good, although the staff seemed stretched and thus slow to respond to drink refill requests. The French onion soup was very disappointing, quite bland, but we were not asked to pay for it. The homemade pasta dish was okay, but nothing special. The Lyonnaise salad was delicious as were the ricotta pancakes and the desserts. I would consider returning for pre-theater light meals.

M
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely anniversary brunch!

H
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This has been a lincoln center favorite for years. On this visit it seemed somwhat chaotic and disorganized. The menu was not as varied and interesting as in the past. Many people were new, including the chef. The boudin blanc with mashed potatoes was good. The duck was disappointing- mostly potatoes, a couple of very tiny fig halves and a very small amount of fennel.

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Fig vacherin was wonderful. Salad Nicoise was a disgrace.

JG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, all was as we expected. The oyster, steak tartar, pumpkin soup, were rich and delicious.

JG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancy, full price and totally sophisticated. Great, friendly service. Great food. Inspired wines. Nothing bad to say about this spot.

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Bar Boulud for any occasion, lunch or dinner . We like to take our adult grandchildren : the atmosphere is always pleasant , the service excellent and there are excellent dishes for everybody's taste. We have never been disappointed.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for pre-opera dinner. Excellent food, perfect service and a low enough noise level to carry on a conversation.

DB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Average food and service at above average(for the area) prices. I frequent DBBistro, which is far superior in quality, service and value.

SS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely place to start my birthday celebration. Food and service was wonderful and they took the time to give me a birthday dessert that was extra special.

A
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service are excellent but a lot pricier than we all expected.

MI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location, and great food. Service is friendly, polite and efficient.

AP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food (particularly the Tarte Flambee), good and fast service. Just right for lunch before a 1 p.m. matinee at Lincoln Center.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday trip to NYC

GR
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and very good service. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend was late. The stuff was courteous and understanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They tried to put us in a nasty table by the door when there were booths available ( that had couples in them) we asked to move twice, took a long time to get a drink and our order taken, the escargot were too oily and the much touted coq au vin sandwich .. was practically inedible, the chicken was so dry and overcooked and stringy with an odd color.. other than that we had a fine time!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was mixed- duck fig dish tasted ordinary. Appetizers and dessert was excellent. Wine also lovely. Nice ambiance. Very Good service.

MB
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was lovely as usual but tables are so close that the noise level interferes with conversation.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from beginning to end. Impeccable service, the food spot on, French and so clean cooked. The big bottle service is amazing! The Coq au Vin best I ever had! This place is my new pre-Theatre favorite too!

DG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Our sommelier was wonderful, fun, and informative. Food was delicious and we appreciated the bonus (and warm out of the oven) Madelines at the end of our meal.

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

So noisy that we could not hear each other.
Pasta dish was disappointing.
Service a bit slow, because of crowd, i guess.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were never disappointed by Bar Boulud. Always highly recommended.

J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Charcuterie excellent. Service excellent. Value a bit lacking on other dishes. $25 steak tartare, chopped beef....nothing special. Boudin noir, dry, nice presentation, $26 one average link? Value is quality and price, I'm happy to pay for good; this fell a bit short.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in, the staff at Bar Boulud knows service, and you can tell. From the delightful hostess, to each member of staff that helped my partner and I celebrate our anniversary before the opera, it was truly a fine experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable, personable and polite. Each manager that came and checked on us was professional and sincere. And the food, from the charcuterie through to the thoughtful dessert was truly excellent. I recommend Bar Boulud without hesitation.

LP
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very short menu I expected a more interesting experience

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice spot to get a bite before performance at Lincoln Center.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I would definitely go there again.

SU
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Any Boulud is consistently good but, good grief $7.50 for an iced tea!! And $7 for a latte!! Never liked being taken advantage of and that’s how I ended up feeling despite any positives. Fix this please.

ML
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bar Boulud is my “go-to” place for before and after the Met or NY Phil. The boudin blanc has been a staple on the menu for ten years or more and is simply wonderful. The only thing keeping us from eating here more often is the fact that we live in St. Louis.

HA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Boulud never disappoints. Terrific food, always consistent. Great service. Good wine list.
A major UWS staple.

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