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 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

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w
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It has slipped-service was not very attentive-food was pretty good-decor is the same and looks tired
a shame because it used to be wonderful
still very pricey and not worth it

D
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always charming, always delicious, always exceptional. The food is inventive but familiar. There vegetables are other-worldly. Great wine list. Special kudos to Thanos and the knowledgeable and helpful sommelier, Kimberley.
Go, you won’t be disappointed.

LM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, special, lovely and delicious:
C'est magnifique!

PD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at the Cafe Boulud on Sunday night. From the very start we felt that the service was excellent. Lots of attention with very short wait times to order our food plus very helpful in explaining all the dishes on the menu. We received our meals in a relatively short period of time. My wife had the snails and Dover Soul and I had the Foie Gras and Venison. All our meals were terrific. The last time we ate in New York City was at Per Se. We felt that the food at Boulud was on a par with Per Si but the service at Boulud far exceeded the service provided by Per Si plus at a much lower price. We would highly recommend Cafe Boulud for Fine dining in New York City. Paul Deres

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and meal was truly delightful. Aesthetically the restaurant could invest a little more. The ambience is very somber and conversation felt intrusive to others around. The wait staff was wonderful and attentive

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to dine at such a well run restaurant. Food is superb and the front of the house is right on.

NW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The Dover sole was uninteresting and over priced. The squash salad was good and the duck was good. Also the sea bass.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, simply outstanding.

e
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb I’m all ways ! The salads and cauliflower tortellini were exceptional ! The sea bass was with a spicy Cajun flare and the halibut was perfect ! The deserts are masterpieces

KM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a tasty meal and enjoyable experience. Was fortunate (as a duo) to be seated at a quad table so did not feel confined or overwhelmed with table side chatter.

s
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wine list is outstanding.

MC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second best breakfast I've had in my life. Casual attire OK for breakfast. Great wait staff.

SB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive, but worth it. The duck is a must order. Everything ordered was really good, but table mates all wanted to taste the duck.

PK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very different from two years ago. Dark entry and restaurant with very low light. More like a men's club than a restaurant. Service and food only OK. Food just too complicated and same sauce reappears in salad and main course. Risotto needs a better presentation. Overall disappointing.

K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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7
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. Service was excellent and the food was top notch. Especially good ambiance for conversation and great wine list.

JA
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants that never disappoints.

D
New York Area
460 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
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 on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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
386 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
28 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.

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