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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AE
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have only two issues with this place - high prices and the bread was not fresh. I would expect a really freshly baked famous French baguette at a restaurant of such a level. Otherwise a nice place to spend a quiet evening.

MT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

el mejor omelet que he probado...

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EG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a fantastic time. Best Lunch in New York City.

n
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent. We chose to eat 'alla carte'. One of us had the char and the other the "duck confit". The dessert were very good too.

b
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the prix fixe lunch menu! There were four of us and we sampled several choices and they were all fabulous. The wine pairing was also excellent. The service was perfect and it was quiet enough for a relaxed lovely lunch. Highly recommended.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Fine dining. Beautiful setting.
Wonderful experience.

JL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite, finest taste from start to finish, got happily surprised with the unexpected warm pastry : an memorable experience to share and renew “succulent”

SK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A civilized and elegant spot for lunch. The food is delicious and while the service is good, it is not "stuffy".

D
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!
Wonderful anniversary dessert!

N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exquisite. My husband loved the pork schnitzel. The warm madelines were out of Proust. A wonderful dining experiemce

AT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful dishes and superior service.

PS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good classical French food and very good service. Casual but elegant. Menu always has a full section for Vegetarians so that it is an ideal upscale place to take guests to if some are vegetarians.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything is great
Brunch menu is very limited
Thanks

P
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit to Cafe Boulud in the last ten years. Dishes were fantastically made so I will definitely have to come back more often in the future.

FF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
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 on February 22, 2020
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 on February 19, 2020
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
18 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
98 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
4 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
40 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.

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