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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New York Area
177 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

DK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Venison was fantastic and the H'mancha desert was the best desert I've had in a while.

DO
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We had a wonderful evening.

A perfect place to break the fast of Yom Kippur. second year for us at Cafe Boulud.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food
Dessert could be a little better
Splendid lunch

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit New York, we dine at Cafe Boulud. It gets better each time! The choices made for the menu are great. This time we were so lucky we even met Chef Daniel Boulud himself!

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food beautifully presented. Attentive but not over-bearing service. Highly recommend.

C
Tucson
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful French cuisine.

KB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met for my wife’s birthday brunch. As ever, everything was perfect.

j
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Well prepared and served breakfast

EB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Check in service was great. Very friendly. Arrived early and escorted us to the next door bar for a cocktail till our table was ready. Made the start of the experience perfect. Server was knowledgeable, friendly, and made you feel at home. Not the typical stuffy white table cloth server. Escargot was amazing. Different and delicious. Venison was to die for. Would definitely go back and explore other parts of the menu. Thanks for a great anniversary dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with my girlfriend to celebrate our 3-year anniversary and had an amazing experience. Everything we ate was excellent and the service was fantastic.

TV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an excellent dinner for three at Café Boulud. Five stars for the food. Only four stars for the service, because the sommelière didn't seem too knowledgeable and not very motivated. Everyone else was upbeat and very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is upscale but relaxed. Really enjoyed it.

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and food.

SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

One of the greatest one Michelin starred restaurant! Great service and the head sommelier was on point! Definitely coming back every visit I make to New York(Manhattan)! Instagram: @grapes_in_my_tummy

OI
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy atmosphere and excellent service. Beautiful risotto with fresh white truffles was perfect Fall comfort food on a drizzly evening. Love how they “top off” your fresh truffles after you have enjoyed a few bites.

SH
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. I have eaten here probably 10 or more times for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the last few years.

Sometimes it is wonderful, but I always have difficulty telling what to expect...I end up with too much food and sometimes it is very very rich with a lot of puff pastry. I am always a little confused; the menu changes constantly , which can be wonderful ...but I can't return for a favorite dish, or know from looking at the menu what I might be ordering.
I guess I have to question the waiter more carefully.

I have brought friends who are often confused also and they don't want to return.

This said, the menu is always interesting, the food well prepared, beautifully fresh, and often excellent.

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invite a una amiga , luego de visitar el Guggenheim
Nos sentimos en casa
La comida estupenda ( menú del día )

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent!!! Amazing food, welcoming and kind service. We had a wonderful time

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and especially service! Our sommelier was very helpful. She asked great questions and led us to a lovely bottle. Even the manager stopped to talk to us about wine.

A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here occasionally for 19 years, it has always been near perfect. Intimate, comfortable, classic but innovative, polished and attentive. The drinks at Pleiades are outstanding, the food and wine are impeccable, service is warm and professional. The chefs have changed but consistently deliver. For some reason I have never found a restaurant with such incredible soups and Chef Zifchak served us two this visit. Sommelier Proskoshyn was on point too.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Cafe Boulud. Everything was perfect and we even met wonderful people

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

ST
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Food was not up to this venues standards. One of my guests couldn’t eat her entree we decided not to make an issue while at the venue but to report it later. My “special” fish meal carrried a strange taste which had not been disclosed when the “special” was promoted. Also 2 1/2 hours for a meal. Disappointing since we use this venue for special occasions especially given its exorbitant pricing.

JU
New York Area
198 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cafe Boulud is our "go to" restaurant when we want what we consider the best. Great space - delightful staff (although we did have some bother getting a bottle of wine while our drinks had been served for all but one of our party) - the foot is superb as is the presentation - and of course the wine (while pricey) is great

R
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been at Cafe Boulud five or six times always very satisfied with food and service. Yesterday service was EXTREMELY slow although the restaurant wasn’t that crowded. I had brought out of town guests and it was embarassing.

DL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, suburb in every way, good, service, atmosphere.

JA
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bulletproof and always excellent. Great, varied menu meets excellent execution

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a memorable dinner for our 28th anniversary. The staff couldnot have been nicer. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

HL
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience it’s why we keep coming back. Fabulous food and service with an extensive wine list. A must when in New York.

LK
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Elegant sophisticated setting, and dining as it should be. Classic French food served beautifully.

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 5

I eat in Boulud in palm beach very often. I ordered lamb chops in this location. I was given two thin small lamb chops with 1/2 of them being fat. I was very surprised. I don’t know how they can serve that and not be embarrassed by it. It was an appetizer portion with so much fat. Did the chef expect me to eat the fat? Other restaurants trim the fat before cooking and serving the lamb chops. I would never go back to have such small portions when I can go to other five star restaurants and get decent portions.
Appetizer of zucchini risotto was excellent as well as the chocolate cake.

DK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and great service - great N.Y. restaurant to celebrate a special occasion,

d
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! We loved it! Elegant classics French cooking. Perfect execution and well prepared. Attention to details.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in, to the last few steps out, you are taken care of. The food was delicious, including an amazing Vietnamese inspired section of the menu (get the pork chop), and our drinks were delightful. Boulud continues to do it, and do it exceptionally. Can't wait to come back!

FG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both first rate. Our drinks arrived promptly and exactly the way we ordered them. Overall, it was an excellent way to spend two hours.

TO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely spot. Food and service were excellent!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is unreal

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