Bar Boulud

4.4
6802 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Provencal
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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.


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Phone number
(212) 595-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
64th Street
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Parking details
Garage on 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West.
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Public transit
Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center subway stops are within blocks of the restaurant. Local Broadway bus lines stop directly in front of the restaurant.
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None
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Sun - Wed 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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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.
Reviews from verified diners
6,802 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
61%
Very Good
27%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I love going to Bar Boulud and knowing that whatever I order will be fresh and thoughtfully prepared. That it is across the street from Lincoln Center makes it very convenient as well.

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OT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

A classic bar/bistro, but with food even better than expected, even taking into account the name 'Boulud'. Yes, a fine wine list. Yes, the special magnum glass pours (although even in this Real Estate, $29 is not a cheap glass). The food however is reasonably priced for the neighborhood, with something for everybody.

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OT
5.0Dined 5 days ago

We usually come for dinner but we decided to have lunch. Great menu and very enjoyable.

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J
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Very good meal. Dined outside. Food was excellent. Simple menu but nicely varied. Onion soup is excellent as is the bavette. Fish is very well prepared. The super green spinach is superb. Ask for less salt.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Three of us had lunch here the week before also. The restaurant was out of tomato flat bread. On our way out, I mentioned to our waitress that we would be back next week and please have the flat bread. The manager was standing next to her.
When we returned this week, we ordered the flat bread, and were told it was already on its way. We were so impressed that the manager remembered our request!! The tomato flat bread was delicious—Thankyou!!
The rosé wine was dry and refreshing. Our lunches were all excellent.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great service, food delicious noise level high but better than most I. Lincoln Center area

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DF
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

As always, fine food and great service. It has been a regular place for us for many years.

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S
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Directly across from Lincoln Center. Good choice for Pre Theatre dinner, with 2 and 3 course pre-fixe dinner options. Food was very good.

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LT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Pleasant after ballet at Lincoln Center. Very convenient. Food fine and wine was appropriate.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We love this place. Tried this place once and been coming ever since

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Used to love this restaurant, but it's slipping. We were not told when we made and confirmed in person reservations that they would only be serving a limited pre-theatre menu. Many restaurants offer pre-the, but also the full menu. We were with friends who visit annually and we always go to Lincoln Center for a play or a concert, and always dine at Bar Boulod. And they had checked out menu online and were disappointed to be told "not available." The restaurant doesn't even SHOW a pre-theatre menu online. Four staff at desk, not one seemed to be in charge and none were even vaguely interested in our complaint. Shrug of shoulders, ho hum. When my friend asked about one specific dish, could it possibly be prepared 45 minutes ahead of their rules, we waited and asked again -- no one at the desk had even bothered to check. Our server said he would go and ask, and she as told flat out, no, they will not do it, -- even though in an hour, they would be offering it on regular menu.

A/C not functioning well on a very hot night, and the front door wouldn't close properly. We had asked for "our" favorite table -- at the window -- so we sweltered, when the solution could have been to have staff person make sure the front door closed.

Great server. Tried to make up for the issues.

No attempt at a dress code -- guy in running shorts, sweaty T-shirt carrying a skate board, seated without a flinch.

In short, used to be a classy, sophisticated place with superb food and staff who really cared. Now, staff could care less. No apparent manager or maitre'd -- just four people clustered around the desk, chatting. Customers in athletic apparel. A/C and open door make it too hot -- too bad. Bait and switch with the online menu.

Utterly disappointing.

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d
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Some of the food was excellent especially mozzarella in appetizer. Some food was not great, salty coq au vin. Wines by the glass were the highlight.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Enjoyed apre-theater dinner here. I've enjoyed D. Boulud's consistently good meals at his other establishments including DB Bistro, Daniel and the note closed DBGB.

Service was polite and non-intrusive. The waiter was well versed in the offerings. I had the white truffle sausage, my partner the black truffle risotto special. The sausage was delicious--the recruiter surprisingly delicate for encased meat. The risotto was umami forward but the truffles didn't have a huge amount of flavor.

Dessert was very good as well. Wine and cocktails were delicious too.

The bill too a while to arrive, but better to all to receive it than be rushed out upon your last bite!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

June 30,2018 - Our party of 4 enjoyed the meal, all thought the food and service was good. I had the stripped bass. It was the tail section of the fish, and thin.

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NG
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great meal, a bit loud, waiter very nice but it felt like he was hurried.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Wonderful food and service, very accommodating for pre-theater eating. Not exactly "romantic" as the tables are close together and it was VERY noisy. Reasonably priced for the food, but for the price would have liked more privacy, less noise, patrons less casual, less children and babies (maybe they could be seated in another area?)

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PR
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

My husband and I had a subscription to the Met Opera for years, and this was/is our "go-to" place whenever we are attending an event at Lincoln Center. The food is consistently first rate, the cost reasonable for NYC, and the service exceptional. We hadn't been there for a while, and we both agreed it was better than ever. They'd removed the "community table" that used to be in the back, and although it was crowded with pre-theater diners, it seemed very organized and under control. The lovely maitre 'd knew it was our anniversary and we were served a lovely plate of petit fours gratis. Our waiter was attentive and super nice. The classic escargot has always been a favorite (hard to find it simply done these days..) and it didn't disappoint. A tuna nicoise, which had both tuna confit and seared tuna tucked within a plate of haricot verte, egg, tiny boiled red potatoes and greens, was wonderful. My husband had the steak frites with the NY strip and it was melt-in-your-mouth good. My only complaint would be that the petit fours arrived long after we received our tea/coffee, and by the time we got our check we were dashing across the plaza at 7:50pm to make our 8:00pm curtain (a little to close for MY comfort level... our waiter should have been a little more on top of this). A totally great experience on every level.

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was just so so. I had avocado crabmeat app and crabmeat was extremely sparse—-might have been canned. Some people might like the ambiance but I find the barrel shaped ceiling and decor quite cold and off putting. In general I felt like this place is not as good as the management thinks it is

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I have to say I was disappointed. My husband and I live in your neighborhood and dine here often. We love the food. This time we were bringing out of town guests. I looked at your menu online to make sure you were still serving the scallops that I had ordered last time because our guests are scallops lovers. The online menu said you still had them, but when we got to the restaurant there was a new menu with no scallops!! However, the cheerful waitress told us about the lobster pasta special which 3 of us ordered. But she soon came back telling us the kitchen was all out of the lobster special!! Since we had a 5:30 reservation and it was now 6 o’clock , I thought that was very strange that a good restaurant would not have anticipated how many orders of a lobster pasta would be ordered by 6 pm! Our substitute dinners were fine but not what we really wanted!
On the positive side, our appetizers were delicious as were the drinks. The waitress was helpful in our wine selections. Dessert was outstanding as well.
Note: I checked again the next day your online menu and it still listed the scallops!! You need to coordinate you real menu with the online menu.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Visited after a Met performance. Friendly reception,hostess gave us menus and wine list and came with water. Then we waited, lots of staff moving around ,only 4 other tables occupied. After 12 or so minutes sitting with the wine list open I asked a runner do we have a waiter. A waiter who had been chatting with another employee came over and said I 'm your waiter, My wife said good I am starving and he replied so am I. He took our order and never appeared again. We finally got our bottle of wine and some food. Food is ok but nothing special for the price. In the last year or so the menu and wine list appears to have been shrunk. , When the restaurant opened it was interesting but now needs some attention. Interesting that as we walked down Broadway the other two restaurants were still crowded.

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LM
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our server was excellent He recommended an excellent Italian wine.
The oysters were buttery. The duck was very good as was the tuna tar tar. The pre fix dinner menu is a good value.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Amazing food, service and ambience

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KR
4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I've been to Bar Boulud for dinner and I absolutely loved it. Yesterday I went back for lunch and got the three-course prix fixe menu. This time I was less impressed. The chilled potato and leek soup was delicious and the rhubarb tart was very good, but the omelette was bland. It's a nice place but I think I'll stick to dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Superb and reliable but with reservations. Servers are friendly but not overbearing. Cuisine is consistently on the mark.

However, wine list leaves much to be desired. Wine list selections presented as half bottles is misleading and inappropriate for such a limited selection of alleged high quality vintages.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We arrived at 5 pm with reservation , there was no one in the dining room and the hostess insisted on seating us all the way on back of the room. We requested a booth midway and the hostess said we must seat where we’ve been ASSIGNED.. very poor judgement . Not pleasant start to dinner. But our waiter was very pleasant and efficient.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

soup served COLD and not mentioned in the menue."French omelet " is not french just ordinary omelet . Ordered two regular coffee and served one regular and one expresso.
French fries for $9.00 is ridiculously priced.I will not recommend and I will never patronize this place.Sorry but you asked for my opinion and you got it

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G
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Lovely eating outside except for the noisy trucks

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

My mother and I frequent this French bistro often before our trips to the ballet at Lincoln Center. As usual, the food was simple, clean and delicious. The bartender even flawlessly made a specialty cocktail that I had requested. Our server, Katherine, was warm, welcoming and really delightful. Even with a busy dining room, the pacing of our meal was excellent and we never needed for water or wine. We will return time and time again.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

As always, a wonderful place to catch up with a friend before heading over to the Met. The food is beautifully prepared and served. It isn’t so noisy that you have to scream to be heard and not as crowded as many other restaurants, so you feel privacy.

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DN
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

the food is very espensive for the portions served

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Delicious food but disappointed with spotty service. Took longer than usual to take our orders then surprisingly the food came before our drinks. We were not offered bread so we asked from a passing staff, she came back and gave us the bread but no butter? At that point, we just finished our meal and bolted out of there.

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AK
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food at this restaurant is really good. We were there for a pre-theater dinner before going to Lincoln Center. The pre-theater crowd was a little noisy, but that is to be expected for pre-theater. It is a wonderful place to eat before or after Lincoln Center.

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V
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Outside seating was very noisy, we opted for inside. While the quality of the food and service was very good, with a glass of wine each, price for lunch including tip approached $150 which I thought was exhorbitant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food; quality products; well-trained server!

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Ordered duck confit and got a bowl of chick peas and a tiny piece of duck confit. Sauce was good though. They should rename the dish to chick peas in sauce. $34. This place is a tourist ripoff.

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PC
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Food and service have always been good. Great for pre-theater at Lincoln Center in NYC. Wines are expensive, but even the less costly bottles are acceptable.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our go to spot before theater. They never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We were visiting New York from England for our first wedding anniversary. We decided to go to Bar Boulud on our last night. We were so glad we did! It was an excellent dining experience. Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable servers added to the evening’s enjoyment.
The food was visually stunning and presented beautifully. More importantly, it also tasted amazing!
When our server found out it was our anniversary, we were presented with a freshly baked basket of Madeleines which we devoured as well as our desserts.
Thank you Bar Boulud for making our anniversary and final night in New York a very special one indeed. Love Paul and Craig xxx

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K
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

First time for dinner before theater. Pre-theater menu had great choices, well priced and more interesting than the regular menu.. We did one 2 course and one 3 course. Salad with goat cheese and baby green, and pate, scallops on a bed of baby vegetables and spring vegetables with rigatoni. Apps were vey good, scallops and pasta with peas, carrots, scallions in a light pea puree/broth were both excellent. Desert, mocha layer cake with ice cream was okay, a little too cold from the refrigerator. Very happy we were seated in the back of the restaurant, much more quiet and civilized than upfront. Will return in another season for a different version of the menu.

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DH
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The pate is absolutely terrific!

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