Café Boulud

4.6
5153 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am,
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Friday & Saturday : 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:45pm - 10:30pm

Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Restaurant Week 2017: July 24- August 18, Monday- Friday, 11:30am-3pm Lunch Only
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Phone number
(212) 772-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, 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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Neighborhood
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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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Café Boulud offers two private dining rooms accommodating 18 guests each or 40 when used in combination. The Main Dining Room and Bar Pleiades is also available for larger groups - accommodating private parties of up to 100 guests. All spaces are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner events.

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Sun 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 5153 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We have been going to Cafe Boulud for years, whenever we are in New York. It is my favorite restaurant. The staff is warm and welcoming. The spring salad was so fresh with the most perfect vegetables and dressing. I seldom give criticism but in this case I have to report that the burrata ravioli was too salty. My husband had it as his main course and he agreed it was too salty.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was perfect. Thanks!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely in every aspect.
Had not been back in several years. Cafe Boulud is ever better.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is by far the best restaurant one could ever wish to visit. This was our first visit for lunch, usually we do dinner, and the three course fixed price menu was exquisite. The water cress salad, the fish and desert were all wonderful. Of course the wine list is extensive and the sommelier choose a great pairing. All in all a great experience and should not be missed by anyone in NYC.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

A nice place for a family or group but the food was a bit bland and nothing special. Expected more from a place with the 'name' history especially for the prices you pay.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in nyc...It never dissapoints!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cafe Boulud is one of the most charming and elegant restaurants in NYC. You feel as though you dining in a Parisian restaurant. The food is fresh and expertly prepared. We both had pan-seared cod with fingerling potatoes and squash in a tomato pesto for our main course. It melted in your mouth. The dessert sorbet's (raspberry and strawberry) tasted as though the berries had just been picked from the garden. The food presentation was absolute perfection. Our coffee was served with mini- madeleine's - a great touch! The staff was courteous and attentive to every detail. Overall, a great experience. Can't wait to return. Kudo's to Chef Boulud and his staff!!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I made Sunday brunch reservations here for my best friend's birthday. The food was good. Brunch was very filling and the plates were all beautiful. The atmosphere is also very relaxing and beautiful. On the con side, the service was very slow. It took 20 minutes for someone to take our order which was at times forgotten by waiter, and the check was overcharged accidentally which would be fine except I noticed the neighbour eating next to us had an issue with her check as well. The napkins were also stained and unappealing looking.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent food served by attentive, efficient, unobstrusive staff. Great Sunday brunch menu. This was our third visit to Cafe Boulud and I can attest to the consistency of the food and service quality at this establishment. The restaurant has a casual elegance and the atmosphere is congenial. The menu offerings while not inexpensive are good value for money and definitely worth repeating.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The namesake (Daniel Boulud) was dining there also 2 tables away. Felt like the service was completely focused on him and they weren’t really concerned with our table. We were disappointed, I booked this restaurant for Father’s Day and won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Super expensive, super good

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I've eaten here several times and it's always incredible, the food, wine, service and being able to have a conversation without yelling. LOVE IT!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As usual the pinnacle of dining experience!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service. It is convenient to walk from the MET here to have lunch. Strongly recommend it !

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Not the Boulud restaurant I thought I was reserving but in the end we loved the French toast and were happy for the mistake. And could easily have been happy eating a plateful of the rosemary potato cubes that came with my eggs.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent service, excellent food quality, first and second course were amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I always go to Cafe Boulud when I expect absolute consistency and excellence. Expensive is less important on occasion than these qualities.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I’ve never failed to be disappointed here. Everything is impeccable. It’s one of my favorites in NYC.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Made a reservation for my boyfriend who texted me during his meal: I feel like a princess.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fantastic. The staff is amazing and the dining room is elegant but not overdone. There is sidewalk seating on nice days. We did the two course pre fixe and the food was delicious. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in NYC and a standout on the UES.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent meal, seafood was fresh and impressive. Close seating so could overhear everyone’s conversations which did not make the date very romantic. Service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

I was so pleased with the evening. Perfect service with warmth, excellent food, beautiful space. Pricey but well worth it for a special meal.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

haute cuisine and informal new york

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Exceptional service, outstanding meal! Loved it!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Our meal was wonderful- the dishes were made with wonderful ingredients and done in such a way that highlighted the flavors beautifully.
Our server Mary made the meal that much better- her enthusiasm about the dishes and the wines made the evening that much more special.
We will be sure to return when we are back in NYC!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food was very good and service was excellent.
We found the menu had limited appeal; it became noisy and it was expensive

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Our servers were so nice and helpful! The food was amazing of course, but the service was really what set Cafè Boulud apart. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

was perfect

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

It is the first time at cafe Boulud that I didn’t like my meal. The fish soup was somehow not delicious and the chicken was so rich I regretted the entire meal. The Bordeaux by the glass was heavy. As said, I’ve always loved the food, so I’ll try again.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Quiet upscale ambience. Creative menu. The duck was excellent. Our server was enthusiastic and charming. Overall very nice.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food. Crab meat Benedict is unique and delicious. Service is very attentive. Classy deco.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Wonderful food and service - great for a special evening.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a wonderful table and our waitress was very attentive, food great. I wasn't aware when the chef walked around that it was Daniel Baloud. Only thing I was VERY disappointed was the selection of wines by the glass...very poor. I tried 2 different glasses of Chardonnay to taste, but neither of them were worth the price we paid. Mr. Baloud needs to get some quality known Calfornia wines on his menu

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Terrific. I wanted very fine food, and got it.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This resturant is EXCEPTIONAL! The food is extraordinary matched by its stellar service. Elegant and sophisticated. A very special treat. Thank you to our wonderful server, Michael.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I do not write reviews, but this restaurant experience was so horrific, I have to let people know. It was the worst I’ve encountered in New York.

If I could give this restaurant a minus zero, I would not hesitate. I have eaten all over New York and all over the world and this place does not deserve all the hype it somehow gets.

Service was nonexistent. The staff was pretentious and certainly not worthy of a five or even a one-star rating! The sommelier was the only “highlight” of the evening. She was exceptional and surpassed her duties by even clearing away dirty dishes for us because the wait staff did not.

The extremely overpriced and over sauced food was not edible. We could not even eat the salad! The delicate over-cooked fish was covered with a thick layer of what appeared to be tomato paste mixed with olives. The side of zucchini was tasteless.

So, if you plan to visit New York for fine dining, I would instantly remove this place from your list, even if you’re staying in the hotel! “The Modern” is far superior in service, food quality, and ambiance, and you get what you pay for – an exceptional dining experience! You will not be disappointed with “The Modern.”

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I have always admired Daniel Boulud and always wanted to try the legendary striped bass. It was better than I could possibly imagined. Best piece of fish I've ever had, the outside was so crunchy and the fish was juicy and tender, the baby leek melts in your mouth and the red win sauce is just magical. I also enjoyed the foie gras. The dessert we had (white forest) was a surprise, the dark chocolate complemented fresh sweet cherry very well, and together with vanilla mousse and ice cream created the refreshing sensation and is perfect after a meaty/creamy dinner. I also got cherry filled chocolates since it was my birthday. Very appreciated.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

It was too hot. Meal came not as requested. Tura tartare was bland.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always solid choice. I have never been disappointed.

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