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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Friday, February 14, 2020

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. The ambience is very stuffy crowd.

SC
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A civilized oasis in uncivil times. Excellent food, exemplary service. One of New York's best.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AY
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything is good! I will recommend to my friends.

P
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food! One of my favorite lunch restaurants!

PE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were impeccable. Great value for restaurant week. Will return for dinner.

AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Over the last few years we've had some outstanding, very tasty lunches at the Cafe. Wednesday's was good, but we were just a bit disappointed. The beef main lacked flavor and wasn't too tender. The arancini were dry. And what happened to the Madeleines? By any chance do you have a new chef?
Sincerely,
Angela Freiburg

l
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Going to this restaurant during Restaurant Week was a huge mistake. Pasta was served almost cold and was mushy, gloppy, flavorless and had one piece of under rendered bacon on the plate. Wait service was abrupt, water glasses never refilled, check put on the table before we were finished eating--and then 4 or 5 people came to pick it up before we'd even put our credit card in. Horrible first impression.

EM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to have a late lunch or dinner. I always go there for something special.
Don't miss this gem of a restaurant
Eileen

B
London
32 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunch was wonderful. My husband had the Restaurant Week menu,..I had the a la carte. The food was divine....the Vol a Vent with snails and wild mushrooms heavenly. The service very good, although there was some confusion over what wines we had ordered...and we benefitted from a double serving of the Amuse Bouche....
We've dined here before, and the standard has always been very high indeed. We'll be back.

A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was the first day in Winter-2020 Restaurant Week, I am not sure if this explains why the bread was stale. It was not baked on premises nor delivered at dawn of the same day. It was at least one day old. Yet, the "bread guy" first tried to ignore us but when he couldn't ignore my "frantic" hand waiving he stopped by but with a "crummy" attitude!! What happened to the other guy (from Bangladesh or something like that)?. This is not the Boulud that we came to know for more than two decades. Many new faces in the serving staff; doesn't bode well for the place.
The pate was no where as good as the canned from a French on-line store!!! It didn't have a "frech" taste. However, the bread that came with it was far less greasy than in the past. The rest of the meal was very good; as you would expect from Boulud.
It seems that some one is "spread thin".

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

delightful lunch, great food, competent and friendly service, nice ambience.

J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a mixed experience. The good was quite good but extremely expensive. I really think there should have been a greater continuity between price and quality. The service was also mixed. A young French gentleman was very gracious. The others were really not at that level. Again, for a $300 lunch I expected more. Still, it was very nice.

DS
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impeccable food and service.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good, but not surprisingly good.

MC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a family celebration of my wife's 90th birthday with our daughter and son-in-law and a nephew and niece and their spouses. It was perfect in every way--food, service and friendly attentiveness, with a most professional serving staff led by Renata. My wife and I have dined at Cafe Boulud two previous times and we look forward to the next, soon. By the way, we attend Lincoln Center often and have enjoyed the three Boulud restaurants there for many years.

NY
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, attentive with overbearing, wonderful food at every meal

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting, excellent service and most importantly, outstanding food

r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Bolud restaurants especially for seafood and amazing good values on wine list. Hats off especially to sommelier

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not by any stretch an inexpensive restaurant. Quite the opposite, and yet it is a better value than most of the comparable. Excellent food, fine wine list, impeccable service and a very nice ambiance.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience1

Excellent food and outstanding service, as we expected from a Boulud restaurant.

DM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timeless classic that exceeds expectations in both service and cuisine. Fabulous staff that personify culinary excellence both in front of house and kitchen. Bravo!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the food outstanding! Wonderful experience!

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After seeing the show Moulin Rouge, a French restaurant was exactly what we wanted! My husband and I were celebrating my 70th birthday! We could not have picked a more appropriate place. Food, atmosphere, service, impeccable. Loved every minute of it! We were greeted with pleasantries and it continued throughout the evening! Of course, my birthday was acknowledged by the staff to complete the night! We will return! Merci

AT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Cafe Boulud, this time for a birthday celebration, and on both visits the food and service have been outstanding. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, and really helped make it an excellent dinner for a special occasion.

OV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Cafe Boulud seems to have lost its spark. The basics on the menu are as good as before, but the service and overall atmosphere nothing special. Maitre D are okay but service terrible - not familiar with the menu, almost throwing coffee cups on the table - missing basic training of a good restaurant....

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch menu is a little bit simple. Especially the entree part. If can serve tasting menu, will be much better. Oysters were really good pairing with Napa Vally’s Chardonnay. Service was perfect.

TL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! The server was so kind and the food was beyond words.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not impressed - felt like the perfunctory hotel restaurant

j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My wife and I just arrived in NYC after a long day of travel and were looking forward to a relaxing dinner. We decided to have just a half bottle of wine and ordered a Burgundy at $110. When we were served it was from a Coravin and was a Bonne Mare. I neglected to look at the detail on the bill when it was presented and later found that the cost was $250. My fault for not catching it but I would not expect "bait and switch" from a restaurant the caliber of Boulud.

AB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you are looking for an experience in NYC, look no further. My friend was very happy with his surprise brunch here. Kudos to all of the staff for making us feel welcome and cared-for.

T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food (appetizer, main, shared dessert, 1 bottle of wine), service - terrific, and noise level - quiet. One of the most expensive meals I have had in NYC.

CW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family of five had an absolutely splendid evening at Cafe Boulud. We loved it all—the food was exceptional, the staff was welcoming and attentive, and all of us—ages 17-79–enjoyed it immensely. Standouts for food were the foie gras, the chicken, the beef Wellington, and the oysters. The ambiance was lovely and calming.
It was a special evening we will not forget.

D
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable evening at Café Boulud ~ everything was wonderful !

Thank you,

A. Ambort

OT
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is absolutely superb, and we are lucky to have it two streets away....the most luxurious neighborhood
club in the world!

OT
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant in the classic mode. Quiet and comfortable, impeccable service, maybe a bit pricey but worth it

B
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the perfect combination of a special occasion restaurant and one in which you can imagine locals go at least once a week. I simply adore this place.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. And the service is always impeccable. It's nice that they always have fresh, seasonal ingredients on the menu.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as usual. Would like less salt in food.

E
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every regard.

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