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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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 6007 People Are Saying
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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

UD
Phoenix
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exellent food and service
Tables are too close to each other

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

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
42 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.

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