Café Boulud

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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.
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is great
Brunch menu is very limited
Thanks

FF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful dining experience! Service was great. I have a food allergy and they were very attentive and accommodating to my needs. Selection and quality of the food was wonderful! Highly recommend this restaurant!

S
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Price fix weekend brunch for 52 dollars is wonderful. 3 course, which you can mix and match, with great choices. Staff are right on it making for a fab experience. Extensive wine list.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Saturday breakfast. Bit dated food but still high standards. The regulars are noisy and get most of the staff attention.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food cooked to perfection. Romantic atmosphere. Impeccable service.

MC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. We can’t stop talking about the experience! Especially the desert!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good place with a fine price.

DQ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food but the service was slow and course timing was way off. Some wait staff was rude and pushy. For a $700 tab, we expected better all around.

B
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply marvelous.... even on an impossible holiday live Valentines Day

SB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great spot

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Outdated ambiance, over priced, and people love to stare at each other. It’s definitely a more older crowded that has nothing better to do than talk about everyone else there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Yes, if my friend was wealthy and not too fussy. It should have been more special for Valentine's Day.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We arrived on Valentines Day for a 5pm reservation at 4:55. It seemed as if the pre-shift meeting was still going on because one of the captains recommended we wait in the hotel lobby until they were ready to seat us. This would not matter usually, staff meetings sometimes run over (especially with it being a holiday and all), but the lobby was SO cold it made the 15 minute wait seem like it was an hour.

We were then led to the first row of tables right by the entrance and given menus, and linens were still being ironed. The waitress (while very sweet and professional) took a little to get to our table, so the busboy took our drink orders. It is important to note that I explained my dining partners food aversions when I made the reservation, but the waitress seemingly needed to confirm that they were allergies (they were not) and that the menu would be presented as is, since they were simply just dislikes. *She doesnt eat raw fish or truffles, two pretty important items on this Valentines Day menu....ESPECIALLY for the amuse bouches.

On first glance, it seemed as if they were understaffed to start the service and only working with a skeleton crew. As the night progressed, more front of house members showed and service smoothed out. The thick curtain to keep the wind from the lobby was never fully closed, so I never took off my jacket.

Overall, we had a wonderful meal together, and the food was delicious. I am only writing because I would be doing myself a disservice to note that for $195 a person, I would not want these things to be overlooked at a 5 star establishment price point for a 3-4 star experience.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was the most overpriced meal for small portions that I have ever experienced. My pal got a vegetable that had a small bit of chopped broccoli, a little spinach and a few mushrooms for $42! The tiny salad with four pistachios and no taste was $28. Never never would I return

BO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining at Café Boulud. It couldn't be any better from the moment we arrived at the restaurant until the end of meal. Great hospitality and service, exquisite dishes and nice ambience. Two thumbs way up. We will be back.

LC
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Boulud is simply.......wonderful!!! From the very moment you enter and meet the staff, you feel special. And then you eat glorious food and have a dining experience like no other, in our opinion. There is a comfortable elegance here and every dish was spectacular. From scrambled eggs with black truffles to seared scallops to lamb shanks to dessert, you will not be disappointed. While it is a bit expensive here, I checked "value" because of the quality of the food. Kudos!!!

JP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I did ask for the duck to be medium well....it came out rare.....they took it back and re-fired but still not exactly what I wanted.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a special place. Always order more than one appetizer, dessert, and a cocktail if you drink. My favorite place.

LB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know that you can’t do anything about crying children but it does spoil the ambiance.

ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s was fantastic when you are going to Boulud cafe the desk and the service chaleureux aimable and professional

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall was very nice, ambiance and food, drinks are extremely extensive. We had 2 Campari and the charge was $40, considering the glass was full of ice and very little Campari. Please! Use less ice. Thank you.

BK
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Service. I enjoyed the mushroom veloute.

SF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just wonderful from the moment we entered. The Matre d was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable and of course very knowledgeable. The food was phenomenal and excellent service. It’s my new #1 restaurant in NYC and I’m telling everyone. It is well worth it.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and special dishes as I have come to expect. Cheers to the staff.

a
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Boulud is beyond outstanding! One of my favorite restaurants in New York.

NJ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service wasn't great. We waited a long time for bread and we were never offered more bread later. The special NYC Restaurant Week was very limited. The food we ordered was very good but I would have like a bit more choice.

B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointed in our lunch this time. Been to Boulud often. This time was not up to its usual excellence. Salmon overcooked. Amuse bouche bland. Pate appetizer also bland. I expect better from Boulud. Also expect consistency in high level of cuisine which we did not get this time.

CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, price point was incredible! It is a must do for restaurant week! Also, they have special wines priced very well. Fantastic!

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great meal & fun for a birthday.
Menu were varied & all four of us had no trouble finding a first choice.
Will return.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Both the food and the service were indifferent. Did not get bread and water for 20 to 30 minutes after sitting down. Foie Gras appetizer was ok, nothing special. Black sea bass was very good, but a bit overcooked for my taste. Wine was good and a reasonable value. Creme Brulee was mediocre.

But my expectations were frankly much higher for this restaurant. I brought my niece and nephew and was hoping for a very special evening with foods that would open their eyes to the possibilities of fine dining. Instead I got decent food, mediocre service, and a sizable bill. Won't be back.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved the service overall, yet the food was just okay. Loved the dessert, and the coffee here is amazing. Will visit again soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

デザートが特に美味しい。

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of the waiters who served us was a bit rude, he pulled my plate while I was still eating

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Cafe Boulud is always good. The ambiance is lovely and comfortable. And the service is generally solid.

This most recent visit for restaurant week lunch was good, but not outstanding. The mushroom veloute was a bit floury. And the beef paleron which was perfectly cooked with a piperade topping, was a bit bland. It needed a kick, a condiment to bring out the flavor.

The service was good, but not terribly attentive. We were not attended to as much as in the past and the server wasn't sure of who got which dish. But, I assume the quality is better all around when it's not during restaurant week. A bit disappointing, though.

GD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best dining experiences of my life.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service as always. But I miss the delicious complementary madeleines, which were always an exquisite touch to a lunch.

KK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Boulud is a lovey place to have a leisurely lunch. The noise level wasn't overbearing, even though the room was full. It's more of a place for power lunches and social occasions versus a date place. One of the nicer places in the neighborhood. Cocktails need to be made across the building at Bar Pleiades, so expect a delay.

AV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was very good but the service was just ok. It was lunch time and they rushed us so much all the time. They took my plate when I was still eating both for the first plate and the entrée. Then they did the same when we were having coffee, they wanted to take my coffee away and my cup was half empty. Maybe it was due to restaurant week --do they treat their customers differently at that moment of the year? I've been to Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud several times and I have better memories of my dining experience. I would not recommend Café Boulud for lunch if you want to have a nice conversation with someone and if you want to take your time.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good foods and kind staff.
I spent a very wonderful time!

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