About Bar Boulud
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.
New York, NY 10023
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday-Saturday 5:00PM - 12:00AM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Late lunch offered at the bar and terrace from 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00AM - 3:30PM
Please note that we do not take requests or reservations for our outdoor terrace.
$30 and under
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Garage on 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West.
Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center subway stops are within blocks of the restaurant. Local Broadway bus lines stop directly in front of the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Bar Boulud offers three private dining rooms – Vigneron, Sommelier and Caviste – each with a wine-themed décor and access through the restaurant’s wine cellar. The rooms are available for private and business entertaining for up to 65 guests.
Bar Boulud Ratings and Reviews
We have been regulars at Bar Boulud for years. I am very glad to observe that the food quality has remained constant and very good. Over the years we have noticed some inconsistencies with service. However; our server this most recent visit was absolutely wonderful. We went because I wanted to try the Cassoulet which they just added to their winter menu. It was delicious. My husband had the Coq Au Vin which was another fantastic dish. The red-wine sauce was absolute perfection. We also tried the raclette as a starter dish. Very good and accurate presentation. We selected some wines by the glass which were also very good. So this was good and successful meal with a polite and professional server.
We had an excellent meal here. I so appreciate that the menu has some classic french dishes such as beef Bourguignon, which I ordered and enjoyed thoroughly. Some of the tables are very close together which is inevitable because of the lack of space available. If there are more than 2 of you can sit in a booth which is preferable. We always enjoy eating here.
Bar Boulud has never failed us yet. The food is consistently excellent and creative, while staying close to its French roots. Dietary restrictions are accommodated, and the service has always been extremely professional and excellent. We usually go pre-performance, and they have always gotten us in good time without feeling rushed through the meal. While not inexpensive, we feel it is an excellent value overall. We always look forward to dining there. The only caveat I would add is that if you want a quieter part of the restaurant, ask to sit in the back
The ambiance and service were both nice. Semi-casual chic atmosphere and pretty attentive waitstaff. Being that it’s a Boulud Restaurant my expectations were pretty high. My boyfriend and I are both professional chefs so we always enjoy a good meal cooked by someone other than ourselves! Lol the meal starts with delicious, light and fluffy cheese puffs (I’d presume gruyere was in the pate de Choux), followed by exceptionally good bread and French butter; some of the best I’ve ever tasted. This made me excited for the food. My boyfriend ordered the steak, medium-rare, and I ordered the coq au vin and we shared a side of roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. While the flavor of our dishes were quite delicious, the cooking wasn’t exactly what we hoped for. His steak was more of a medium, not medium-rare as requested (for a $45 steak we hoped to get what we asked for) and the cooking on my chicken was a little uneven. The flavor and tenderness of the cut of steak still made it quite delicious, as well as the sauce on my dish, but as for the chicken some of the meat was very juicy and moist, and other parts very tough and dry, on the same drumstick, like it wasn’t stewed quite right. The spaetzel it came with was tasty, had kind of a crisp pan-sear on it which was nice, but overall a little dry. The Brussels were exceptional. During our meal a manager came to ask how the steak was cooked and my boyfriend was honest with him. For dessert we ordered what was sold as a very chocolatey dessert with espresso ice cream etc when it arrived it wasn’t quite what we hoped. While tasty, I wouldn’t exactly say it was a chocolate dessert. There wasn’t much chocolate and there was a whipped cream that tasted more of bergamot that kind of overwhelmed the rest of the dish. They also asked me when I confirmed my reservation how to spell my bf’s name (for his bday) so I thought they’d surprise him with a bday message, but no. They did send petits fours to apologize for the steak, though.
With the exception of our server, who was friendly and attentive, everything about this dinner missed the mark. for the most part, the dishes were fine, just not excellent, which we had expected from a chef of Boloud's reputation. The tartar, a dish every member of our family generally loves, was overly dosed with mustard, and one of the three servings we ordered was served without bread. The coq au vin was lacking flavor of wine infused in the sauce, the baked Alaska included a bizarre crystaline element that ruined the mouth feel of the dish. Based on the meal our party ate, I cannot recommend the restaurant.
Then, when it came time to pay, rather than split the bill between the two cards that were given, the hostess charged one card the full price for the meal, then ran it again for 1/2 the total. We were assured that the error was corrected. Still waiting for it to clear the bank to confirm. For the price paid, I would have expected this to be handled more professionally.
For the first time I ordered "Coquec au Vin".
The worst I ever had: no taste whatsoever ,
Undercooked I gave it back and was not even charged for it. That was certainly a gesture to appreciate .
I just hope the almost untouched plate was not put back into its original pot!!
There was a warm welcome from the outset. The waiter was attentive and helpful throughout. The sommelier was very knowledgeable. There was a reasonably priced prix fixe menu. The confit de canard was excellent, as were the moules frites (from the a la carte menu). The appetizers and desserts (we shared the petits fours) were of a similarly high standard. An enjoyable dinner.
The meal was delicious, service outstanding, wine excellent. It was good value for the prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve. The only problem was, despite the restaurant having 3 doors, we were seated near the door and there was a terrible draft every time somebody came into the restaurant. It was a bitter cold evening and my husband had to leave his coat on during the meal because it was cold. The place is lovely and they are doing what they can to control the wind, but it was not working that night.
Great pre-opera dinner on New Year’s Eve. Got there early and it was not crazy crowded yet. The food and champagne were very good. The service was great and the restaurant looked very festive. Added bonus - got to see Daniel Boulud and his entire team take a New Year’s picture - thank you for a great experience!
I have always been a fan of Bar Boulud, along with the other Boulud restos. Having said that, the two-person tables are so small that if you order two or three plates to share and a bottle of wine, you cannot fit everything on the table (I've only sat in booths previously). I ordered the frisee salad, which was good but TINY, and the lobster roll, which was a disgrace. Barely any lobster, heavily dressed (perhaps to disguise lack of freshness?) in a 2-day old brioche bun with SUPER greasy chips (supposed to be Old Bay chips but I couldn't detect the faintest hint of spices through the grease). Utterly disappointing. I have had better lobster rolls from Pret a Manger, and frankly, I think those are disgusting. My friend ordered the soft scrambled eggs with a side of bacon that NEVER CAME. The dessert and the bottle of Cremant de Bourgogne were the best part of our meal. Will not be returning, there are too many good restaurants in the neighborhood (and the city) to eat at places that coast by on their name and have officially stopped trying.
We visited Bar Boulud for the 2nd time. We were staying across the street at the Empire Hotel and remembered really liking the restaurant from our first visit. It did not disappoint. We were pleased again and will return the next time we are in NYC. The only thing that I would have changed was that the lights were too bright in the front of the restaurant where we were sitting and they were not able to dim them. Felt like I was in a hospital operating room. Otherwise, the food is great and the service was attentive. Very good.
I've eaten here a few times, mostly in the summer when we can sit outside. Inside, in the cold weather, it feels crowded with tables very close to each other. The food is good and mostly well priced. My husband and I both had onion soup at $16 each, which, to me, was way over the top. It was good but not that good. And it was served in a very small crock. Mostly it is a great place for dinner across the street from Lincoln Center - less than 3 minutes to cross the street.
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