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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M
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely anniversary brunch!

H
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

JG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

KB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Usual delicious food. A little pricey. Service was attentive. It was a cool evening and we had to move tables. We asked them to close the door but they didn’t comply! Overall very good food

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the charcuterie board. The wine was expensive but good, 75.00 bottle of Cote d Rhône . I loved my white sausage mit kartoffel and the others said the cow d’van was delicious.
A nice evening!

AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a great location for a pre-show dinner. And on a late September night with a fair weather, we chose to dine al fresco, with a busy traffic on the street we’re still able to hold a decent conversation.

The Coq Au Vin with Beaujolais and Kronenbourg were delightful and so as the wait staff.

I’d like to visit again.

SB
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Maybe. I regularly book Bar Boulud when attending opera and ballet. I always request a booth and confirm same day. This time the
gentleman upfront said there were none available when there clearly were at least two available. He said they were set for four and would only seat me at a two. Now service was poor. After drinks at last arrived. Someone came over to offer us one of the booths because of no shows. Finally I got the wrong main course. Not a good outing.

KY
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

My major complaint was the uncooked pasta! No al dense pasta was ever so hard

NP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch. A few more choices might be useful. Wine by the glass a touch expensive. Staff very polite and helpful. Enjoyed it very much!

RM
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We’ve been there on numerous occasions and always bee satisfied. In fact, most of our meal was quite good however a special of fresh pasta with a pork ragu was so bad that I wonder who is watching the food. The server indicated that the fresh pasta had run out and it was being replaced with an orciette which was ok with me. The sauce on the pasta was not a ragu at all. It was cubed pork in a Demi glacé. Not at all what was expected. It was terrible

D
New York Area
262 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow even though it was not crowded. The Moules were completely devoid of flavor - needed much more garlic and onions. Our friends fish and coq au vin sandwich were not to their liking, and my coq au vin was very salty. All very disappointing. Chicken liver mousse was good.

UW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The meals were excellent. Service was fine. Hostess took a long time to show up (the buzz boy had to go to look for her).

SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the dinner, very attentive staff, prompt service , great choices , nice serving sizes , good quality food.

Very well worth the price , the only suggestion is to make it a bit more clear if possible at the front for folks with reservations to walk directly to the bar/restaurant entrance. It can be a bit confusing if one walks in from the side walk where outdoor patrons are seated.

Thanks for a very pleasurable experience.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was wonderful, especially the hostess (Mary). Being seated at the entrance, where the glass doors were open to the street, was great! Wines overpriced, yet the entrees were priced reasonably. We can't wait to come back.

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