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.

DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar • Epicerie Boulud
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Enjoy Valentine's Day dinner with your special someone at Cafe Boulud!
we will be offering a 4 course prix fixe menu for $195 per person from 5-10:30pm

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is out of this world..my favorite was the most fabulous duck I’ve ever had. The appetizers are wonderful and deserts amazing. The atmosphere was relaxing, tables not too close and all contributed to deserve five stars, and more if this were an option.

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

Always amazing here!

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J
Naples
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to each of Daniel's restaurants may times over the years. This particular location is a lovely, dining room where service and cuisine never fail to impress.

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LR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Boulud never disappoints. The food is creative, superb and beautifully presented, if very expensive. The staff is marvelous, kind and attentive without hovering. And each meal there is always a special treat.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Second visit in two years. Came here for my partner’s birthday with two friends. Really missed the mark. Food wasn’t terrible, but nowhere near the level we expected.

In addition, I’m celiac and had multiple conversations with the server and kitchen. They served scallops over a plate of fregula—which I’ve since learned is basically couscous—and missed that the tiny pasta balls had wheat in them. (It was 1/2 of the dish). I did not make a large deal out of it, but the manager’s response was, “I’m sorry the scallops touched the couscous.” Not, “I’m sorry we claimed to know what we were serving you, but don’t know what semolina flour is...”

Wines were meh. The one I tried off the by the glass list was a sulphur bomb of the lowest quality. The bottles we had were just okay.

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RK
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Over priced food . Steak for 2 cost $141 . We asked for medium rare and it came rare and unchewable

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DM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant exceeded my expectations in providing both a visuallly stimulating meal with an added benefit of being very delicious. The meats were tender, the sauces exceptional, and our service spectacular. Our dining experience was set to a new bar of achievement. My thanks to the marvelous staff who made our visit more than just a meal.

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e
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After watching Chef Aaron on Netflix’s “The Final Table” we knew we had to get to Café Boulud! We enjoyed such a delicious dinner consisting of escargot, foie gras, homemade bread, white truffle risotto, striped sea bass, and a surprise duck course from the kitchen! We finished off with some very tasty desserts. Each bite was truly better than the next! Thank you to Chef Aaron and his team for providing us with a wonderful night of food and service. We can’t wait to return!

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday gift

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E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant! Every time I have eaten here, it’s better then before. The service is impeccable!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining and service so it best. Definitely go here for a special occasion.

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PD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a wonderful service. A place to go!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me encanta este restaurante ! 10 todo . Buena opción el menú del medio día !

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Cafe Boulud was a real disappointment. The food was pretty to look at, but not very good. It was ordinary at best. We ordered and inexpensive bottle of wine and it was third rate. I had asked about it and was told that it was very good. It should not be on their list. I didn't want to make scene so I didn't send it back. The service was rarely acceptable. Took a long time to place our order. Water glases not refilled in a timlry manner. Waited a very long time to order and get dessert. This was a celebration brunch -- so sad.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French toast I’ve ever had!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Cafe Boulud. Have been a fan of Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud and Daniel for a long time. We wanted to explore Cafe and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food service and ambience.

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KL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service attentive, great dinner experience.

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IM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, le tout dans un décor new yorkais splendide, merveilleux à revenir avec plaisir

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NF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salad and duck were delectable!

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W
New Orleans
68 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is elegant, old world fine dining at its very best. We had not been in years, and when I raed they had a Michelin rating, we decided to try it again. It is one of the best UES dining experiences we have every had. Can't wait to go back.

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J
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done!!

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BL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was exceptional. We booked lunch on New Year's day and didn't expect the $95 prix fixe menu, which was not optional. But the food-- including the Beef Wellington and the duck breast--was fantastic. The service was a little rushed, probably due to how busy they were. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. Pricey but worth it for the quality of the food and overall experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Used to be better for both Food and services

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DR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We went for New Years Eve. I do not recommend it. The staff is very cold. Very robotic. Food is just ok.

The restaurant was about 1/3 capacity. I asked if I could have an empty table next to us. The lady at the front sternly and coldly said. “No it’s reserved”. Two hours later no one was at the table. Instead, they gave us a table near the door. Every time the door opened we got s rush of freezing awful!

My entree was served cold.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excelente comida, genial servicio. Ambiente serio con muy buenos espacios.

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E
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special occasion (an anniversary dinner) and Café Boulud made it one we will never forget. Creative food in an elegant seeting with attentive but not cloying service. What more could one want?

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LD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked ahead of time for a birthday. We were hoping for a great culinary experience. Café Boulud lived up to our expectations. Merci Chef Boulud.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comme d’habitude:
J’ai bien mangé,
J’ai bien bu,
J’ai la peau du ventre bien tendue!
(Et gardez une place pour les signature petites madeleines avec le café...)

Toujours un excellent accueil, moins formel que Daniel, et une cuisine excellente, créative et respectueuse des produits.

À recommander.

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EF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite for my wife and I whenever we are in the city. Superb food, friendly and efficient service. Staff are observant but never intrusive. Can't recommend this place enough.

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L
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always turning a meal into an experience on every level

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El mejor plato de Pato que he degustado en la ciudad de New York. Los postres son deliciosos y el trato es amable y eficiente.

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LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The sommelier did not do her job. We requested assistance in pairing a wine with our appetizer and entree selections. We asked her to suggest something under $140.00 and she chose a bottle that was $165.00 and only went with one of the appetizer selections we had chosen for our meal. When I ordered the red snapper, I requested that the fish be well done. When it arrived at the table, it was partially raw in the middle. I requested that they cook the fish a bit more. When the plate returned, it was a completely different and smaller piece of red snapper and still undercooked. With all the restaurant choices available in New York City, we will not be returning to Cafe Boulud.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Had their brunch menu and was not disappointed. Would love to come back for dinner menu.

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BR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch authentic French cuisine. The new Matri d who used to be at Daniel is a great addition for both the staff and customers. Croquet madam highly recommended.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu changes frequently and last night was my least favorite.

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NQ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The food is disappointing comparing to what they charged. Overall is not up to the standard as branded.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year, we dine at Cafe Boulud for our anniversary and they always provide amazing service, food, and ambience.

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AL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

That was the most amazing meal of my life! The exceptionally curated food combinations created an explosion of flavors releasing them in a layered fashion. Each bite was exquisite and we couldn’t help but close our eyes to take it all in and lavish in the experience. I can’t wait to go back.

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RN
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend the scallops as they were amazing!

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