Café Boulud

4.7
5432 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
CAFÉ BOULUD features a French-American menu inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud's four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, the flavors of world cuisines.

In addition to dinner seven nights, we feature a $39 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and a $42 two-course prix-fixe brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is both a neighborhood gem and a destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Two private dining rooms seating 20 guests each are available for your private entertaining needs, and may be combined to accommodate 40.

The restaurant's adjacent BAR PLEIADES serves inventive cocktails and a luxurious bar menu from 3 pm onward.

DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar • Epicerie Boulud
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch July 24- Aug 18
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 772-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Bludorn
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Catering
Feast & Fêtes is Chef Daniel Boulud's exclusive catering company providing Daniel’s sumptuous cuisine combined with personalized service and attention to every detail of your off-premise entertaining needs. Call Jean Christophe Le Picart at 212-737-2224.
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Cross street
76th St and Madison Ave
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Parking details
Parking garage on 76th between Madison & Park Avenues
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Public transit
#6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue
M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
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Entertainment
Join us at Bar Pleiades on Friday nights (9pm-12am) for our live jazz music performed by The James Zeller Trio.
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Special events & promotions
Book your next event with us in one of our two private salons.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends at Café Boulud.
Dinner will be served from 5pm -9pm
We'll be offering a prix fixe menu for $175 per person. Children 12yrs and under - $55

Monday, December 24, 2018

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What 5432 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service
High quality well prepared and presented dishes served in a relaxed environment. The servers and manger and hostess all speaking to guests to serve end attend to their needs. Very friendly. Daniel Boulud’s restaurant’s always remain as my go to places in the city.

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Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and so consistent one of my favorites

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BL
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Manhattan. Service, food, ambiance all grade A+

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever. Expensive but worth every penny. The food is outstanding-unusual...from the breads to the dishes, all the way to dessert, each and every morsel was amazingly spiced, the nuances of combinations amazed us. Even desert was outrageous. The staff was elegant and warm. Best night ever.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit once or twice a year. An absolute favorite.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous dinner and impeccable service.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating our dear friends birthday dinner. I really enjoyed the wine selection and the sommelier recommendations for the red wines

Surprisingly to see Indian delicacies on the menu which most of us enjoyed

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

Our go-to place since its opening in 1998. The food is great, the wine list better, the service warm and efficient, the ambiance most pleasant, and the overall experience as good as it gets.
On this visit, we had the foie gras terrine and a new addition of prawns and swordfish brochette in broth and vegetable, then pasta with white truffles, then perfectly roasted duck with chinese eggplant, and lamb two ways-roasted and rogan josh. All outstanding. Babka and molten chocolate cake for dessert.
This place never disappoints. More accurately, it has always been a lovely and satisfying experience and among the best place is the country.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Espectacular!!!!!! Todo lo que llevo trufa estuvo maravilloso!

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C
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Wont be back for a while. Service is very routine like. Went a few times when in town. Loyalty not appreciated. Other places to discover

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a small party here recently. The ambiance is festive, food delicious and the service was attentive, neither too much or too little - just right!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Attentive wonderful team. Chef Boulud even stopped by. We loved the entire meal - pasta with truffles was delightful and salmon was a complete surprise - cooked perfectly. Soufflé for dessert is fantastic

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and wonderful food and wine

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New York Area
412 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were there for brunch, so the menu is somewhat limited. The fennel soup was delicious, and my husband liked his shrimp appetizer. We both chose the swiss chard tortellini in a broth, and it was not to our liking, unfortunately. Barbara, our server, who we really like understood we didn't enjoy the dish, so she didn't charge us for one of them. Classy! We will return but will not pick this dish again if it's on the menu.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunch was just ok. I wouldn’t go again on my next visit to NYC.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service could have faster given that it was not crowded when we got there. Prices are commensurate with UES rents, I guess.

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the wonderful evening at Cafe Boulud! It was a very special way to celebrate by birthday! The server brought be a beautiful dessert with a written happy birthday note from the chef. The cocktails and wine were a nice compliment to the amazing food. Our server was outstanding and the service was impeccable. Thank you for a memorable culinary experience!

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BS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best restaurants on the upper east side of New York. Five star food and service located next to the best hotel (The Surrey) in Manhattan. Another incredible evening again.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a business celebration. The food and service were outsnading. Highly recommended.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding, the decor is elegant and the service was good. It was a pleasure to be surrounded by so many welldressed diners.

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k
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were two couples who have often frequented the restaurant; however, we found the service a bit slow and dragging that night which is indeed unusual. Furthermore, one of the men had ordered the black bass and didn't like it at all and I swapped with him my salmon entree which he much preferred. Having eaten his black bass I can see why he didn't like it. To my taste, and perhaps to his, it was undercooked and bland tasting. I opted not to send it back because dinner service had been quite slow and would have taken too long to re-order another entree.

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EH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfection as always. Surprising to see so many informally attired men (no ties) in such an elegant restaurant.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were fantastic! I’ve already recommended it to a friend who works just a block away!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely - celebration for my husband’s 60th

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i have never been disappointed in dining at this establishment. Food, ambiance, and especially the service always are top notch. From the coat checker to the maitre d' to the servers, everyone treats you with understated graciousness. I would eat more often here if I lived in NYC.

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DI
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great service from the minute you walk through the door. Very accomodating. Of course amazing food! Coming back very soon! Thank you!

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London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Nothing special for the price, food tasted like it was all reheated and they were in a hurry for us to leave,

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F
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

GreatFood, great service, quiet for conversation, good for business or social get togethers. Service and decor are very good. Price is moderate for the quality of food and overall service and setting.

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Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Every single thing we three ordered was not only delicious but beautifully plated and presented. Not to satisfy the vanity of the preparer but beautifully so that the diner could appreciate the esthetic but understand what he/she was eating. The food and the room could not have been better but the service, the wait staff in particular was loose and not at all attentive, engaged in long conversations among themselves. I managed to get the attention of our waitress and asked her for additional spoons that the others at the table could taste my veloute'. After a long wait in which the server was in plain sight and in multiple conversations and impossible to get her attention, I had to get up and walk over to remind her about the spoons. That was the level of service we had all evening. But, on polling, in the cab on the way home, it was unanimous, the food made it worth it.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My previous dining experiences a Cafe Boulud have been wonderful. It was not the case this time. The meal was good, nonetheless. The first course, the Chestnut, lentil veloute with cream was tasty but the Chestnut flavor did not come through. The duck breast was delicious, tender, and cooked precisely to order. The eggplant was an uninteresting afterthought. The dessert, vacherin, was delicious but the meringue on the side added little. The service was attentive and courteous.

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish just a wonderful experience. Staff is so accommodating, friendly and thoughtful. The food is exquisite both in quality of ingredients as well as precise preparation.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was extremely kind and the food was delicious!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely wonderful service from floor staff.

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k
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested a dish with white truffles and had a lovely pasta with shaved truffles. It was exactly what we wanted and was preceded by the daily soups both of which were very good. Boulud always suits a business dinner because of its ambiance.

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MK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The best part of my visit was that all of my requests had been attended to,making this most enjoyable for all. The Croque Madame, Mushroom veloute, the smoked salmon appetizers were all delicious, and the service was attentive and well-timed. The size of the portions were perfect for a lunch visit.
The maitre d' made sure that my visit this time left no room for uncomfortable moments re seating. I truly appreciated his kindness.

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r
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond delicious amazing dish great atmosphere , I had a great night! Thanks

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena experiencia. Es mi cuarta vez en este Restaurante. Soy un admirador de Bouloud. Excelente menú y muy sabrosos todos los platos. Para mi es uno de los mejores de NY. Felicitaciones!!!

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING SERVICE!! Great food, loved the menu! The level of service was above and beyond expectations! Highly recommend!

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