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 $29 and dinner for $48. 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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Daniel Boulud's "casual bistro" Bar Boulud is one of the best places to eat near Lincoln Square.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Boulud never disappoints. Food, wine and service were all excellent.

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RH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best corn soup I have ever eaten.
Will definitely plan to come back frequently.

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JB
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food ! Nice ambiance great service. BB never disappoints great for lunch and dinner.

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience ! Service excellent but not intrusive. Food selection and quality great for all pallets . Consistent in all ways.

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ER
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food delicious and beautiful. Excellent service but noisy and very expensive.

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R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Bar Boulud was extremely understaffed for lunch yesterday. The internal AC was not functioning so all guests were on the patio with only one server. The food had to be sent back as the pasta was inedible - it had obviously been sitting out under a heat lamp and had congealed to a point where it needed to be cut with a knife instead of twirled with a fork. The mussels also did not taste fresh and were not eaten. The corn soup starter was very good as were the french fries. That said, the staff was apologetic and replaced the dish without any questions. I am unlikely to return unfortunately.

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VR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcoming, food is consistently excellent, wait staff are friendly, great recommendations, never feel rushed, service is perfectly timed, high quality in all respects.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always have a meal here after attending a performance at Lincoln Center. It is the perfect place. The food is very good, the ambiance festive, and the service excellent. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. Have been coming here for years and it has always maintained the same good quality while growing in popularity. Bravo!

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f
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was God’s but with almost no option for vegetarian!!! We seat outside and it is Noisy

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff!

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Plus:
1. Phenominal service!!!!!
2. Quiet place for lunch.
3. My friend had a beautiful birthday mousse, candle and all.
We were very pleased with that.
4. The corn soup was wonderful.
Negative:
1. Very disappointed in the burger...not seasoned at all. Also, both were undercooked...yes, we could have sent them back, but wise people NEVER send anything back.
1b. The plate was 2/3 filled with fries...lots of filler.
2. We had the Express lunch...no wine, no cocktails, just coffee, which was not part of the lunch, get ready...GRAND TOTAL $136!!!!!!!.
I didn't pay attention to the check because it was a special birthday ; shame on me. However, when I finally got home, I was shocked.
So, what's the take away here...first, don't order the burgers, really don't. Second, it's quite a lovely place to go to impress someone, but the food needs a lot of help.
Lastly, check the bill...enough said.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not very good. We waited about 15 minutes before anyone came to our table and we had to ask several times for a waiter. The service was disappointing, but the food was good.

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HV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recc. Bar Boulud to all my frends and have introduced many if them to your restaurant, for which they are grateful. The service ad cheerfulness are the best. The noise level (at least at lunch) is such a pleasure. If I had ne suggestion it would be ti vary the menu more often. Since I come to BB so often, I run out of options

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration for my niece

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JS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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SR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Meal was unremarkable. Salmon over-cooked. Wine mark-up too large

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n
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch. A varied menu. Food was delicious. I like the Brunch Menu more than the lunch and dinner menu. Service was excellent. There were 3 of us at brunch, and we were all raving about the entire experience. This will be my go to restaurant for Brunch. A GREAT find!!

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WZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a relaxed but delicious brunch before Sunday afternoon show at Lincoln Center. Excellent range of choices on the menu, and very good service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance!

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JG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Underrated brunch -- good selection, tasty as always, kid friendly.

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A
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alwaysdelightful after a performance. Service was excellent, the sommelier delightful and helpful, and the food terrific.

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HS
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Hot summer day and the a/c wasn’t working. Ugh. So we sat outside. Good overall. A little pricey. Diego our waiter was excellent. I’ll go back.

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w
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have enjoyed Bar Boulud many times. Oddly, the air conditioning was not working well so the front windows were wide open, allowing a breeze (hot breeze) to waft through. Reception was up-front about the problem but we chose to stay regardless. So convenient to Lincoln Center!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a solo dinner before a ballet performance. Sat outside. Bar Boulud is my usual choice because of the service consistency and great food. The prix fixe menu was excellent. Best chilled soup ever! I also enjoy the wine options.

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OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the host who remembered me. The outside terrace is always amazing in the summer. Everything was great from the food to wine to service. Favorite place

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EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamburgers were excellent and all for guests agreed.

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EB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful place for an outdoor supper before a Lincoln Center performance. Gracious service, very good food, nicely made drinks, and they understand curtain times and deliver everything promptly without feeling rushed.

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GG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent salmon prepared medium and served by a very attentive wait staff [Stephanie].

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ED
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Over priced for what you get. Expensive but no ambiance. 2 out of 3 of the entrees were weak. Wines by the glass were very expensive and were not of the quality to justify such high prices.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was very slow--at least 35 minutes between appetizers and
main course. As our friends were going to a 2 pm show, it was very
irritating.

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UC
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The perfect setting for a pre ballet matinee lunch!

Food never disappoints. The salmon salad with avocado was so filling, healthy and a generous portio. Of perfected prepared salmon.

Disappointed the menu did not include the usual choices of omelette and that the waiter was beyond in accommodating in trying to suggest alternatives. Unlike most waiters, he failed to entertain questions adequately and was not always present when needed,

The Madeline’s are a must st the end of a fabulous meal!

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LB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We will go back to Bar Boulud at some point in the future, but it won’t be a go to in this area. We had the French onion soup and it was delicious, but tiny for $15. We both ordered burgers, although two different styles. And we both asked for medium and they came out done well. We did tell the server who was very gracious and asked if we’d like to send them back. We didn’t because the food was very slow in coming out and we had theatre tickets. In the end, she brought us a delicious dessert on the house which we found to be a sweet gesture.

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HT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect, always true, and always warmly welcomed.

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OT
New England
77 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stellar wine selection, knowledgeable staff and bright atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had fabulous oysters. The waiter sent a dozen instead of half, so he did t charge us for the extra 6. Sent an extra dessert to “make up for their mistake” meal was absolutely fantastic, and perfectly timed. Really great dining experience

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AB
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful bit of France on Broadway. Whatever we choose is always excellent!

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Z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food and service were deeply disappointing. Three out of 4 of us ordered fish and it all arrived over cooked. We were too hungry and pressed for time to send it back but really, it was disgraceful for a place like Bar Boulud. To cap the evening we were over charged, although we caught the mistake and it was corrected.

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R
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful menu and wine list. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and recommended the perfect wine. However, when they got busy, he disappeared for a while. Yet, the dinner was delicious and I would definitely return.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I wish they would serve a prix fixe brunch or lunch on saturdays...

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place to go, especially around a visit to Lincoln Center. The service, food ambiance, etc were all wonderful!

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