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
Bar Boulud was outstanding. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Menu was unique and the taste of everything (Salmon and Duck Confit) was PERFECT. Wines we selected were fantastic. Then we decided to top off the meal with a tasty dessert. Not only was it great, the pastry chef add a personally message and drawing in chocolate to say Happy Anniversary.; right on the plate presentation. Incredible.
Pre-ballet dinner, Pate’ was as advertised-the rest of the menu merely so-so. Service was inattentive and distracted. Good wine list, with some decently priced reds. All in all, there are better experiences for the $$ nearby. Coasting on name alone at this point.
Pre theatre dinner very crowded and very noisy. The service is slow. We ordered a bottle of wine when we sat down, it arrived after we finished the appetizers and were eating the entree. The food is good if a bit overpriced; but considering that it is very convenient to Lincoln Center, they have a captive audience.
Took my parents here before they headed to the opera for my mom's 75th birthday. They were coming from Pennsylvania so they we're late, but staff were great. Stepfather uses cane and thankfully there's a bathroom on the main level. Delicious cheese popover amuse bouche (there's apparently another french name my stepfather knew.)
Had the chicken liver pate appetizer and steak frites, which were both excellent. Stepfather had duck pate and duck, which he liked a lot (he's a former professional restaurant critic), mom had chicken liver pate and ice cream(?) Generous hand pours on the two glasses of wine for me. Liked the Chablis (I don't actually remember if it was a chablis, but it was a unoaked flinty white that was very good), liked the Pinot noir a little less.
Overall a great experience and I look forward to returning again.
Extensive wine list and creative appetizers top the list for my review. First impressions are excellent, with welcoming staff and attentive manager. Although the restaurant was fairly crowded, we felt we got top notch service throughout the meal. The restaurant is literally across the street from Lincoln Center making this the ideal spot for pre or post performance.
We totally enjoyed our meal. I had the classic steak frites with bearnaise sauce and my husband had delicious salmon with leeks and potatoes. I had a wonderful glass of a St Emilion red. We had Opera tickets and this was a convenient place across from Lincoln Center. A bit pricey but with it for a special occasion.
This was a pre-opera dinner. The food was very good and we’ll prepared, but not fabulous given the price. I ordered the special wine by the glass, which was rather expensive. I felt the pour was significantly smaller than my wife’s choice, which was from the regular menu. We were ordering by the glass because she was having fish and I was having beef. The difference in the amount was significant and rather than order a second glass we went to the bar at the Met for another drink before the opera.
I thoroughly enjoyed my early weekday dinner. I booked a 5:15 pm same day reservation and had my choice of any outdoors table on a warm late afternoon. Very little noise, traffic, pedestrian shuffling or pre theater crowds. A real & unusual pleasure. Oh yes, the food and service was wonderful along with friendly service and an illegal desert.
Great, as always. Ended up, through an unusual combination of events eating at Bar Boulud (4 people after a concert on Sunday night with no reservations), then for a business lunch on Monday and a meeting with a new board member for a quick bite on Tuesday.
The food was absolutely fabulous but the service was annoying. Another couple sat next to us and apparently they are well-known at the restaurant because every server and staff person came to check on them every 5 minutes. Despite their proximity to our table we couldn't get the attention of anyone for refills on our wine, water, etc. and it was really annoying.
Nice french spot by Lincoln Center. My group ordered eggs florentine, soft scrambled eggs, pistachio french toast and veggie omelette. Everything came out on time and was super delicious. My favorite was the soft scrambled eggs! We sat outside on a Saturday with great weather. Any chance you get, please sit outside! It's great to people watch.
This is one of the better options near Lincoln Center. Nice atmosphere, gracious service, noisy but not so loud you cannot have a conversation. The food choices are imaginative and perfectly prepared. The price is a little high, but it's appropriate for the neighborhood. Good wine list, including a number of choices by the glass.
Bar Boulud is our 'go to' restaurant for pre-theatre dining when attending the Metropolitan Opera. It provides top class french food & great wine at reasonable value. The restaurant has a real buzz & is normally full between 17.30 & 19.30 with people attending events at Lincoln Centre. Service is always excellent & the restaurant has a very high staff to customer ratio so as to be able to cope easily with the 'pre-theatre' rush. Although we have not eaten there at other times of the day, the relaxed but stylish brasserie feel of the place would make it a good choice at any time. Go on, spoil yourself when next visiting the Lincoln Centre & eat at Bar Boulud.
Absolutely brilliant. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten in New York City. Every single thing was perfection, from the soup, with its complex flavors, to the entrees which were outstanding.
Portions are just right, not overly large, and perfectly prepared and plated. Still enough to share around at the table. I love that both mayo and ketchup were brought with the fries that accompanied Steak Frite.
We were all pretty crazy for the cheese popovers that preceded the meal.
Sadly the poor service made an otherwise good meal a disappointment for us. We are regulars at all of the Boulud places in Manhattan and used to truly outstanding service along with the exceptional food. Our orders were wrong. We had to raise our hands for service and even once enlist the aid of the hostess to track down our waiter. But for the assistance of a dutiful busboy we probably would never have had our wine glasses refilled. I spoke to the manager before leaving, who was apologetic. I registered my dissatisfaction with our waiter by leaving a very modest tip, something I have never before had to do at a Boulud restaurant.
Overrated - Disappointing. Everyone can have an off night and that could explain our experience, but I don't think so. Things started well enough with a very good and helpful waiter. But the first service error was when one member of our party had to ask twice to be served the wine he had ordered. Then, after the appetizers were cleared and the entrees were finally served (sadly they ranged from room temperature to cold and were soggy and unappealing), our waiter just disappeared. Later we found he had been reassigned to tables outside, but no one had notified us. We had to ask several times to get a waiter to come to the table so we could order desserts and coffee. This time we were served by a waiter we'd never seen before. Bottom line, both the service and the food were less than satisfying. We had also heard positive things about the physical design of the restaurant. Many people do find it appealing; we found it merely acceptable.
Had been to the Met for matinee of the Magic Flute. The Magic continued into dinner. Great staff, convenient to our hotel and followed by a great meal served by superb, friendly and professional waitpersons. The duck confit was superior to any I have ever eaten. Thank you for an all around superb dining experience!!!
I have been dining at Bar Boulud every season since it opened, recommended it enthusiastically to friends, and always been very pleased with the experience until this time, which was ghastly. I will never again dine there. My request for a table in the rear was ignored. The hostess said that "all those tables were filled," as if that was accidental. She said I could explain my displeasure to a manager, if I wished to do so, but what good would that have done? I might add that every request I have ever made in the past has been honored. Not only the quality of service, but also the previous, exemplary level of food has diminished. The escargots, which Mimi Sheraton designated as one of the most extraordinary dishes in NY, has been degraded to the level of "ordinary bistro." When I requested three flavors of sorbet for dessert, I received one scoop of lemon sorbet and two scoops of chocolate ice cream. When there is a curtain at the opera, there is no time to complain or ask that mistakes be corrected. They should never happen. I felt insulted and degraded by my experience. There will be no more.
Bar Boulud is an old favorite of ours for after opera supper, and it remains one of the better places in the area. Now, however, it seems that after 11:00 they have a much abbreviated menu. Very much abbreviated, in fact. We chose the hamburger, which had what appeared to be high quality ingredients but far too many of them. It seems that the kitchen was dumping everything on the hamburger that they had left off the shortened menu. Not our best evening there.
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