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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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 6024 People Are Saying
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Dallas
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is consistently one of the most reliable and outstanding restaurants in NYC.

JA
Miami
80 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and innovative. Lovely UES experience that is quintessential for fine dining

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants that never disappoints.

D
New York Area
458 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dinner. Excellent oysters, bass and chicken and for dessert shared ice cream. The bass is a signature dish and always great. The chicken preparation changes from time to time but this preparation is the best I ever had at Cafe Boulud.

We always enjoy Cafe Boulud and they never disappoint. Very highly recommended

LE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfectly delightful in every way!! We really enjoyed dining here.

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except the quince tatin dessert, which was far too sweet and had an odd texture. Other than that, everything else was top-notch. The gracious staff makes every customer feel special.

g
New York Area
382 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second Thanksgiving at Cafe Boulud. We like feeling pampered without being too formal and this room hits the right balance. We deviated from tradition and had the sirloin with red wine sauce this year. It was tender and flavorful and the portion was big enough for us to make a sandwich the next day. There were some small and unusual missteps with the service at first. Our appetizers arrived before the wine order was taken and the bread basket didn't get to us until near the end of the first course. But the smooth sailing and delicious food after that more than made up for the mildly rocky start.

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Because we ate at Cafe Boulud for Thanksgiving, it was not a typical experience. Usually I love eating at cafe Boulud, but at Thanksgivng every seemed so pre-packaged.

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to have a special meal . The food is superb; the service is the best; the wine selection is soooo good, and recommendations are spot-on; and even the other guests lend a feeling of specialness. All together, Cafe Boulud is a wonderful place.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Café Boulud. An amazing experience again. Every thing was perfect.
I’m French and leaving in France. I wish we had Café Boulud in France!

QF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

A bit disappointing as compared to previous experiences. But tolerable.

I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, unrushed, professional, exciting seasonal menu impeccably done.

AM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food was served at the wrong temperature and while the staff was apologetic, no compensation was forthcoming. Not worth the Michelin stars.

BM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service

P
London
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food only to be equaled by the exceptional service. Cafe Boulud is elegant yet festive. A wonderful dining experience.

EH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Service was great and food was great. Went for breakfast and got the smoked salmon👌

EB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delightful experience here celebrating my birthday today! I receieved a warm welcome and the food was amazing! I was gonna get the three course lunch menu but I saw the lamb shank so I passed. Lamb shank was so tender and juicy. I couldn't ask for more. They also gave out complimentary bread with butter. The bathroom and dining area was well kept and clean.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful.

The staff there were so accommodating to me since I screwed up and made the reservation for 2 instead of 4. Even so, they helped us with a table and had us seated.

The food was phenomenal, I had the hiramasa crudo and the venison loin. Two people got the lamb shank which looked beyond amazing.

Staff was attentive, courteous, and knowledgable. Will definitely be coming back (with proper reservations this time)

SJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal with wonderful service. We arrived 30 minutes in advance of our reservation and were accommodated immediately. Our server brought me a custom non-alcoholic cocktail made according to my preferences. The staff also pointed out that the pumpkin soup contained chicken broth therefore was not suitable for vegetarians which demonstrated good knowledge of the menu. Finally the chocolate soufflé was outstanding and a wonderful conclusion to a delicious meal. Thank you!

VT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was incredible. Went for a date during lunch.

UD
Phoenix
76 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cafe Bouloud for the weekend brunch. All three courses were exquisite. The service was excellent. Don’t believe what some reviewers have said: this restaurant definitely deserves its Michelin star. Truly outstanding!

AP
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb in every way. From arriving to leaving the experience is excellent. A satisfying interior, great arrangement of seats and tables. Menu innovative, seasonal and creative and yet always excellent. Great wine list. Our server Thanos, is a professional, adding to the overall seamless experience.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exellent food and service
Tables are too close to each other

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Two of the three main courses were failures.
The restaurant did not charge us for one of them.

DN
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Boulud is always packed because it always delivers — and no less so now that its kitchen is under the direction of Executive Chef Jerrod Zifchak. The latest in the restaurant’s series of megatalented chefs, Jerrod is slowly but surely putting his own imprint on this storied Upper East Side restaurant which is as beloved by insiders for its cuisine as for its outstanding wine and cocktail program, service, and ambiance. A New York City classic for good reason.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent as usual.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the San Francisco area and always try to eat at cafe Boulud when I’m in NYC. I’m never disappointed.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. We were there for lunch. Pre fix courses was very good.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Café Boulud was a bit sterile. Food was ok. Service was ok. The scoop of ice cream for desert was very small. Very expensive and but has opportunities.

MS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We arrived for our reservation, and our table was not ready. We had to wait in the bar for 30 minutes before being seated. During that time other diners appeared to be seated before us. We were not offered anything to compensate for this lengthy delay. We had a brunch reservation, so we arrived hungry after touring the Met. We waited for 15 minutes without anyone giving us an update. After I approached the host, he told me he was working on it. It was very frustrating that we were ushered into a dark bar and forced to wait after having a reservation. The noise level in the small dining room is intense.
When we were finally seated, we were next to the station where the servers enter food items. We actually sat for at least 5 minutes before the server approached us, despite our too close proximity to the server hub. The food was very good. But, it was hard to get over the lengthy delay.

DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

At a recent Sunday brunch, Café Boulud provided an outstanding dining experience! The room is elegant with soft lighting and beautiful appointments, but the food is the star. From the first warm baguette with butter, each of the three courses was delicious. My Frisse salad was outstanding and authentically French with warm lardons, a light dressing and a perfectly poached egg. The Croque Madame was a delectable combination of ham, Gruyere cheese and a fried egg on top of a fresh croissant. Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

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

g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

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

G
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
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 on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
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

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