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About Café Boulud

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.

DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar • Epicerie Boulud

20 East 76th St.
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am,
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:45pm - 10:30pm

Sunday Brunch: 12:00pm- 3:00pm

Restaurant Week 2017: July 24- August 18, Monday- Friday, 11:30am-3pm Lunch Only

Cross Street:
76th St and Madison Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 772-2600

Website:
http://www.cafeboulud.com/nyc/

Entertainment:
Join us at Bar Pleiades on Friday nights (9pm-12am) for our live jazz music performed by The James Zeller Trio.

Catering:
Feast & Fêtes is Chef Daniel Boulud's exclusive catering company providing Daniel’s sumptuous cuisine combined with personalized service and attention to every detail of your off-premise entertaining needs. Call Jean Christophe Le Picart at 212-737-2224.

Parking Details:
Parking garage on 76th between Madison & Park Avenues

Public Transit:
#6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue
M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop

Executive Chef:
Aaron Bludorn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Book your next event with us in one of our two private salons.

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

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Private Dining

Café Boulud offers two private dining rooms accommodating 18 guests each or 40 when used in combination. The Main Dining Room and Bar Pleiades is also available for larger groups - accommodating private parties of up to 100 guests. All spaces are available for breakfast, lunch or dinner events.

Café Boulud Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (70)
Special Occasion (69)
Creative Cuisine (66)
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Good for a Date (56)
Romantic (50)
Great for Lunch (47)
Quiet Conversation (47)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Cozy (33)
Notable Wine List (30)
Business Meals (29)
Tasting Menu (25)
Authentic (24)
Seasonal (23)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Great for Brunch (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Fun (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

good meal and decent quality

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I go to Cafe' Boulud on special occasions and are never disappointed. The food is very tasty and the service impeccable. My striped bass was superb. The best way to celebrate my birthday!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

We dine with friends and are not hurried. Tremendous
choices. We know to expect a high standard with seasonal
ingredients. Desserts are unmissable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I live in Brazil and come to New York twice a year, and always go to the Bouluds, love them!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It is probably the worst French cuisine I've ever had...very salty and extremely hard to digest. I had a stomachache after I had my salad. The menu says Macadamia in the salad, but you have to use microscope to see it, nor could you taste it. And the salad is made from lettuce with roots. How could they claim such a high price for such poor quality food! I was extremely dissapointed. It is unbelievable!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Jammed in and seriously overpriced for Valentines dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Cafe boulud is one of my favorite restaurants but don't go there on valentines day. They over booked the number of people they could fit and the usual calm, high service setting was rushed and cramped. There was more than a 30 minute wait for our table with no where to wait ( even the adjacent bar was packed) and despite all the staff still being quite accommodating, they really couldn't give the type of service that they are used to due to the number of diners and the cramped room. Definitely not worth the very high priced dinner this night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

A great experience with the unique french flavour of charm, elegance and magnificent taste.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent on every level.
This is the real thinker: French cuisine as edible art.
A pure pleasure!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We dined at Cafe Boulud as an early Valentine's Day treat. Everything was executed flawlessly. The food from start to finish was outstanding and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. It was an extremely solid dining experience and we would recommend to all without hesitation. We look forward to going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I was very excited about our dinner at Cafe Boulud. It was my daughter's 20th birthday and I indicated so in the notes I left for the restaurant in the open table app. Thinks started really well. Our reservation was at 9:30 since there was nothing available before and we got there eager and hungry. The bread was delicious. Our first course also wonderful, I had a jambalaya that had layers of flavor and was smokey and delicious. My daughter had crab with tangerine, fennel, jicama, mint,and crème fraîche that was also great.
Our second course was also good, I was underwhelmed by the pork (not the refinement I expected) but my daughter loved her ricotta gnocchi.
The real problem was the service. When 11 o'clock came along half the waiters left and we felt like, all the sudden we were the proverbial Cinderella wearing rags. They hurried us, they brought a beignet that was part of my desert in a "to go" paper bag when we did not indicate we were leaving. They were not bringing the petit madeleines they had brought for every other table nor the round bonbons. We had to ask for it. The maitre brought the bill before I asked and tried to take it away before I had a chance to put my card in the fold. Of course no acknowledgement was made of my daughter's birthday.
Not worthy of the star Michelin. If you are so eager to go home early, do not take late reservations. I left the restaurant, after paying a pretty penny, mad, disappointed and feeling mistreated. I won't be back nor will I recommend it to my friends. The cuisine was great but the way you treat your costumers, when they invest you with the privilege and power of making a memory (my daughter's 20th) is even more important. They failed. They wrecked it. So sad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic cuisine and wines. Very creative and classic dishes selections. Very efficient and amicable service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fun, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent pain fait maison..excellent service ..la cuisine manque d originalité

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service for mom,s birthday dinner for 5. Special care, excellent flavors and presentation, special desserts.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice atmosphere and very attentive service. Food was more than adequate but not necessarily worth the cost. Recommended for a special occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing on everything. Great food and first class service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Café Boulud doesn't need a review from me. There's nothing I can add that hasn't already been said a thousand times from much more reputable reviewers than me. Not to mention that the joint has a well known reputation for it's food and service. It was one of the most amazing meals I've ever had. Everything from the appetizer to the dessert was superb. It's clear why this is a Michelin rated restaurant.

I have to stretch hard to find anything to complain about and the only thing I would say would be that the butter could have been softer for the bread that was served. I add this only because no person and no establishment is perfect. That's classic nit picking and matters zero in the scheme of things. I can't wait to go back. If I lived next door to the place, I'd probably be living on the street from having put all my money into meals at Café Boulud.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good food, nice selections, and generally good service with a moderate noise level.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food at Cafe Boulud is some of the finest cuisine you can have in New York City!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I had the beef which was great but everything else was not much of a wow! Restaurant week.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Four of us went for a birthday celebration. The food was top notch. Two of us had salmon & two Beef Bourgeon. It was during Restaurant Week, so there was a prix fixe menu. The portion were large(at least for women!)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely dining experience. Food and service were excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

it only cost $29 per person for a wonderful French lunch,cosy restaurant,good service,and tasting food,friendly for my 3 year old kid,and my kid loved the desert very much,nice experience

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The seat was too crowded

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Cafe Boulud used to be my go to place for a nice dinner, especially on Sundays and Mondays. Then the chef changed and they have slowly built their way back to the old excellence. You could always count on exceptional service. Unfortunately, on this visit we had exceptionally poor service. We waited almost 30 minutes to get a first drink, the waiter was very distant and then decided to give us our check before even asking about dessert. I hope this is not reflective of the current state as was an aberration

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Presentation and preparation of food is special and the restaurant is elegant. One can relax and enjoy a special cocktail and be treated with care and not at all feel rushed. A very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I was expecting more from this restaurant with the chef name and for the price. Had the recommended escargot and it was good but not hot. The chicken was also cold, dry and looked like leftovers with a rock hard pastry ring. My dinner guest had sea bass which he said was good but slightly overdone, but served on a tasteless mash of something. Service was really slow between first and second course, and then another long wait for dessert. I would not go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I were in the city for the weekend and had agreed to meet a friend at Café Boulud. In the event, she couldn't come and we kept the reservation, but were disappointed. After we left, my husband told me the restaurant had a Michelin star, and I couldn't believe it. We are foodies and have enjoyed great meals all over the world, but didn't find anything special about the food at Café Boulud. We started off with a frosty reception, and the interactions we witnessed during the 15 minutes we waited for our table suggested a clear advantage of being an insider....Finally we were seated next (VERY CLOSE) to a couple that screamed throughout their meal, making it impossible for us to have a conversation. On a positive note, our waiter was very professional, and seemed quite vexed when he realized they had forgotten our main course. Overall this was an unhappy experience, as we found the place stuffy, dark, overcrowded, and noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was surprisingly poor. Nowhere near Daniel standards.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had the Saturday brunch. Everything was excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Portions much smaller than bolud sud. Food just as Wonder. That's all I have but OpenTable makes me use more characters so I apologize you have to read all this extra wording

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was very creative and delicious. Staff was polite and very attentive. The gave us a complimentary appetizer and then complimentary truffles and madeleines after dinner. The bread choices were creative as well. We went to their bar after dinner for the live jazz and a night cap. It was a perfect evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have been to Cafe Boulud several times & it does not disappoint. Service & food & ambiance are terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I treated a friend for her birthday.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Among all madeleines are the best!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Friend’s birthday

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Overall, a perfect experience from start to finish.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It’s a good place for friends gathering because it’s not a super quiet and formal place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

One of the best restaurants in the city.
Love everything about it !
Everything was wonderful; we did feel a bit rushed, but that's my only complaint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Daniel Boulud never disappoints. The Restaurant Week meal was superb with outstanding , very cordial service. Warm and friendly with more than a touch of class. The meal was beautifully prepared, creative and not too heavy. The desserts , of course, were both gorgeous , beautifully plated and just the tops. There is no comparison. There was a lovely wine special for the week, also. Bathrooms were immaculate . This restaurant is worth a trip from anywhere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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