Café Boulud

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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.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with family and friends at Cafe Boulud!
we will be open from 11am-8pm
Serving a 3 course prix fixe for $175 per person / children 12yrs and under - $55 - 2 courses We look forward to welcoming you!!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the Holiday's by enjoying your Christmas Eve Dinner at Café Boulud!
For dinner, we'll be serving a 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu - $175 per person
Children under 12yrs - $55 for 2-Courses We look forward to welcoming you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with Family and Friends at Café Boulud!
1st Seating - 5pm-7pm we'll be offering a 3 Course Prixe Fixe Menu for $175 per person
Gala Dinner - 8pm-10pm - menu will be a 5 Course Tasting Menu for $345 per person Happy 2020!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 5993 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Formulaic food at a Michelin restaurant
More a food factory than a fine dining

g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Service was no adequate. Seating arrangement in the restaurant was very confined.

G
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant does it right, and when that’s the case you get consistency, which is always the challenge - for restaurants and diners; I had not been here for a couple of years and was so happy to return. The menu is creative AND easily understood; the wine by the glass selection, like all Chef Boulud’s restaurants IS the standard, always terrific selections; service was extremely polished and professional. What a lovely experience!

PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service...as usual.Thank you.

RD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The food was delicious! I got a pumpkin soup, my husband got French onion soup, and then I got the venison. The desserts, I don’t even know where to begin except that it was so good I took tiny bites to savor. And their coffee was good (I don’t know how many times I’ve had truly bad coffee at a “fancy” restaurant. Not so at cafe boulud. Coffee was a solid good cup). Everything was very tasty and beautifully presented. The wait staff was proactive and very friendly. We’ll definitely go back.

f
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

it is much too expensive for what it is. It has deteriorated over time and the food is equivalent to the one of a simple brasserie with 1 star Michelin price. Unless it strongly evolves to its roots, it is fare from being a place to recommend. It is a pity especially when knowing the gastronomy restaurant which is great.

B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great reminder to come back more often.

CP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, I know it’s random but wish our waitress was a bit kinder thank you

k
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a go to place for both food and a quiet place for a business meal. Service is very reliable and professional. Food never disappoints, white truffle appetizer especially.

RJ
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. The service and the food was Outstanding. It is however extremely pricey, which makes it a place for only Special occasions for most people.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good food. Nice setting. But they have gotten too far ahead of themselves on cost, particularly with wine. Dinner for 2 with a nice, but well below the restaurant’s average, bottle of wine: $500 including tip. On a Tuesday night. Much better values in just about every other restaurant in the area. I’ve been to this restaurant many times, but for the first time I feel like I was ripped off. I’m afraid I won’t be back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food arrived in 5 mins and we finished our meal in an hour, which is incredible! Unfortunately the restaurant was slightly too loud, but I guess that should be expected for lunch in New York on the Upper East Side.

AD
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service and ambience. Highly recommend!

BA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

For the price the food was mediocre. The favor of theFrench Onion soup my wife had was too strong without enough cheese. The portions in my Mezzo? plate were too small & not very good. My crabmeat salad was good. For desert my chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream was excellent.

P
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We ordered the 2 course lunch prix fixe which at $39 is a fair price. Great options and the food was delicious. The bread was fabulous but we only saw that server once. One in the party wanted sourdough bread. She eventually was served the bread but nobody informed her that the bread was coming. However it took forever to get our table cleared and nobody seemed to care if we wanted a beverage. This was lunch. The restaurant was not crowded. We should have had better service.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Delicious food. Altogether, a very pleasant evening. My best wishes to Cafe Boulud for continued success. Thanks to Open Table for enabling the Restaurant reservation.
Kind regards,
C. Mulder

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As wonderful as always

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Last time I go!!!

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience, delicious food. A bit pricey but worth it. We were the last to leave the restaurant and they were so gracious with a wonderful table. Elegant!!

LC
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Perfect anniversary celebration. Fantastic menu w seasonal ingredients..truffle!
Attentive but low key service..perfect

NY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Foie gras was excellent, probably best I’ve had. Steak was very good and done perfectly but nothing special; potato side was uninspired. Small point but black plating for steak detracted from presentation especially since it obscured the sauce (which was delicious).

Overall small complaints though, the food was excellent. Service and ambience were top-notch. Prices are high but not really extravagant for this type of restaurant. Portions were surprisingly substantial.

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

FB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time in a month and we live in Texas. I LOVE this place. The changes in the menu are both delicious and interesting. The wines by the glass were very good (at some places they aren’t) we will be back again and again and again

BN
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance are superb. So was the service for the most part. But, it took a long time to get out check, because of the large brunch crowd. We finally had to ask for it. We will be happy to come back though.

m
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely high end restaurant with the feel of service and attention being paid. The room is impeccably decorated and the tables provide good sight lines for most customers. Service is top notch without being intrusive. Loved the mushroom risotto. Would definitely go again.

S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal.

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l
Baltimore
109 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Boulud is my favorite! It feels like a neighborhood place but offers elegance, exquisite food, diverse cuisine, and gracious service. The four focus areas on the menu plus an expanded nightly “specials” list leaves plenty of choices, but it isn’t overwhelming. The sourcing and preparation is five star and the execution is perfect! This is a special dinner! Service is nuanced, friendly and never overbearing. Professional with warmth! And the tables are spaced for privacy yet the place has lots of energy. There is a reason it’s always crowded! They cover all the bases, from quick neighborhood bite to eat, to full blown celebration! I have never been disappointed and have always impressed others when we visit this establishment!!

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful birthday celebration! Everything was perfect!

TL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always reliably excellent. Service is impeccable, great for group, date night and family dinner, especially for family Sunday brunch.
Thanks!

LL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and great service. We love their prix fix weekday lunch.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

T
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite French food. Larger portion sized. Impeccable service and food presentation is spot-on. I don’t mind paying more for a meal but for a basic cocktail very overpriced. When I was finished eating I was asked if I wanted dessert I said no thank you I’m for her reply was I’ll bring you out some fresh baked Matalines and marshmallows anyway. Really great service

M
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well sure was an empty restaurant not the fun lively spot from past visits

J
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend there for a birthday lunch. The food and wine and service were all wonderful.

ED
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an outstanding dinner at cafe Boulud last Sunday! Everything was perfect. Highly recommended

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I have eaten at this restaurant countless times. This was the worst experience i have ever had. The staff was inattentive, discourteous and the food was mediocre. Will think twice about going back to what once was one of my favorite restaurants. Seems like it has gone way downhill.

MH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have had in quite some time! Expertly prepared and presented! The Bloody Mule was delicious! Can’t wait to come back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent.

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