Café Boulud

4.6
5182 reviews
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French
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am,
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

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

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

Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Restaurant Week 2017: July 24- August 18, Monday- Friday, 11:30am-3pm Lunch Only
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Phone number
(212) 772-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Bludorn
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
76th St and Madison Ave
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Parking details
Parking garage on 76th between Madison & Park Avenues
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Public transit
#6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue
M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
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Entertainment
Join us at Bar Pleiades on Friday nights (9pm-12am) for our live jazz music performed by The James Zeller Trio.
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Special events & promotions
Book your next event with us in one of our two private salons.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Sun 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 5182 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Very quiet. Easy to talk with our client. Food was delicious but overpriced for breakfast. Of course we were on the upper east side so that just comes with the territory.

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

El peor foie gras que he comido en mi vida en cuestión de calidad, se regresó y la segunda vez volvió bien.
El crudo no tenía nada de sabor, incluso se notaba la falta de frescura en el pescado.
El pato llegó término abajo, pero de sabor muy bien.
Finalmente pedí un postre (white forest) pero el mesero trajo "afortunadamente" otro postre diferente (créme brûlée) que había recomendado, y digo afortunadamente por qué fue lo único rescatable de la cena.
El servicio en un inicio pésimo y lento, aunque al final mejoró.
Por mucho, el peor restaurante con estrella Michelin en el que he estado en mi vida.

Una lástima no haber tomado foto del primer foie gras cuando lo cortamos, por qué era realmente asqueroso.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Standouts on the prix-fixe lunch menu were the chilled carrot soup, light, refreshing and almost mousse-like in its consistency, and the corn pudding which accompanied the poussin. I would have been happy if I had eaten only that for lunch! You couldn’t go wrong with either dessert. The gianduja mousse and the berries and cream were as beautiful as the were delicious. As always, service was attentive, gracious and welcoming, never obtrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary at Cafe Boulu!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Special restaurant, one we go to when in NY. Great to combine with visit to the Met.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Cafe Boulud rose above expectations - service, food, ambience. No gimmicks here, just excellently prepared food served by a professional waitstaff.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Dined on my own at Saturday brunch. Quite a different ambiance (much quieter) from the CB location in Toronto where I live. The food was excellent and the service very good. I would return for brunch with friends.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Marvelous. Outstanding. Wonderful. Excelent. Superb.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Always a favorite. This is within walking distance and love to come here. The food is fabulous and the service is impeccable. We enjoyed the Basque Weekend menu. The meal started with tapas of croquettes, stuffed piquillo peppers and padron peppers. The main course of meluzza pil pil and the boneless ribeye was prepared perfectly. Finished the meal with a birthday cake for my husband. The wine list is excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Enjoyed everything I had. The multiple menu options was nice. The fish was excellent (halibut, ceviche and grouper). It is an older crowd so just keep that in mind and a little more formal as far as attire.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Perfect dinner in New York.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Had a delightful lunch to celebrate a birthday with friends. Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

A lot of potential, but too many small errors to return here for a lunch this expensive. The butter served with the bread was hard, and the bread was not warm. Similar situation with Foie Gras Torchon--it needed to sit out for a while and come closer to room temp and was way too cold and hard. Bass entrée could not be improved upon--it was wonderful, fresh and delicious. But I wasn't crumbed between courses, I noted that the tablecloth was on upside down, everything in the room, including the plateware seemed a little beat up. At $150 per person for lunch, I expect more attention to detail.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The restaurant was classy enough and smelled incredible. The food itself was okay for breakfast. I didn't know why but the waiters kept coming to our table asking if everything was fine. At first we thought it was courtesy. But it became apparent that they were urging us to leave. They asked if we were done for at least 5 times while there was obviously more than half of the food left on the plates. Then they passed us the check before we even asked for it (still, we hadn't finished half of what we ordered). Then they checked on the check 2 times if see if we had paid. After a while, they gave us a new check for no reason... I understand some restaurants have time limits during busy hours. But this was not the case. The two of us were there for about 1.5 hours, and there were only 3 other groups the whole time. All of the other tables came earlier than us and 2 of them stayed even longer. Our conversation was constantly interrupted. And there was a 20% tip automatically added to the bill...

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We loved this place. A restaurant that I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Fabulous meal, great service, intimate ambiance. I had the fresh pea soup and ths Sea Bass, which were delicious and beautifully prepared. The dessert, strawberry tart was the perfect ending. i am already thinking about my next visit.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

One iof our go to restaurants but this time Spring pea soup fabulous as usual service great but eggplant ravioli a sodden mush but they didn’t charge me so that’s nice the dessert was exceeded

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Simply delightful!!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was great, the service wonderful and the overall experience was just perfect. We live in NYC and go out a lot but this was memorable. Best of all, we could hear each other and actually have a conversation. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Outstanding food, wine list rocks.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Although my overall rating was four stars, this actually represents a disappointment from what has always been consistently high quality with regard to both the food and the service. The food was still very good, but the service was noticeably below what we have experienced before. As one example, in the past, we have always enjoyed the amuse bouche served before dinner and the small bowl of madelaines presented afterwards. On this evening, we received neither. Perhaps the restaurant has made a change and no longer serves these. Or, and I suspect this is more likely, the absence of both was just a mistake that was another manifestation of the lower level of service.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The weekend Basque prix fixe is extraordinary. As is the service.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Everything was TOP, starting with the service and finishing with the dessert, which was the cherry on the cake!

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1.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I have been dining at Daniel Boulud restaurants for many years, and this is the first time I have ever felt the need to actually file a complaint. The food was awful, and didn't even come close to being worth the ridiculous price, even though it was just breakfast. I ordered the mushroom quiche, which was a tiny slice that was burned black on top and arrived scorching hot - as if it had been a day old and microwaved instead. The service was practically non-existent, to the point where I could not find someone to complain to or send the food back. On top of that, the automatic service charge of 20% was not appreciated. Even if the restaurant apologized and returned my money, I would NEVER return. Someone needs to inform The Dinex Group that they are loosing control of their quality. Very unfortunate.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I have been eating at Cafe Boulud about 4 times a year for at least 15 years. The food has always been excellent, sometimes sublime; the service, impeccable; the overall experience satisfying. I've noticed in the last year (or so) that things have fallen off. Service and food are inconsistent. Sublime moments are few and disappearing. Service is sometimes neglectful. But I have persisted since it is conveniently located and I try to be loyal to worthy establishments through thick and thin. But I have had it. This past Wednesday was the awful nadir of an uneven couple of years. The service was abominable. Cocktails took forever to arrive. Wine glasses stood empty for long stretches. The food was mediocre and under-seasoned. We waited almost thirty minutes between appetizer and entree. When the food came, two of the entrees were cool as though they had sat around till the other two entrees were done. No one came over to explain or apologize for the delay. When we complained to the captain about the wine, instead of pouring, he grabbed the bottle and marched over to the waiter station and slammed it down before the waiter. The waiter came over and poured. Why couldn't the captain just apologize and pour and speak to the waiter later? The captain (if that's what he was) was unprofessional. When he apologized for the delay in the dinner (after being called over to have it pointed out--far be it from him to have paid attention to our table), he got down on his knees beside the table, as though this were a funny joke. My brother remarked that this reminded him of Picholine, where the chef was too busy with scattered projects to pay much attention to what was going on in his original restaurant. We stopped going to Picholine before it closed; we will not be returning to Cafe Boulud. I have noticed similar problems at Bar Boulud, where I eat far more often. It's cheaper and casual, so I expect less. Happily, Boulud Sud is still excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The service was impeccable without being starchy. The staff is personable and immaculate. The food was seasonal.
My chilled fennel soup was a revelation.
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Delicious English spring pea soup, omelets and yummy chocolate dessert.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

HOPING FOR ALOT BETTER! WAS THE CHEF ON VACATION? I felt that the entree I ordered was very oversalted (on the protein) and undersalted on the vegetables. The chocolate dessert was really overcooked (hard, dry) and looked burnt on the outside. The wine I ordered contained quite a few cork remnants. This was really not what I expected on a Saturday night, especially for the money and caliber of the restaurant. Also, I think someone overthought the menu format - that could use improvement.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We have been going to Cafe Boulud for years, whenever we are in New York. It is my favorite restaurant. The staff is warm and welcoming. The spring salad was so fresh with the most perfect vegetables and dressing. I seldom give criticism but in this case I have to report that the burrata ravioli was too salty. My husband had it as his main course and he agreed it was too salty.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It was perfect. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Lovely in every aspect.
Had not been back in several years. Cafe Boulud is ever better.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

This is by far the best restaurant one could ever wish to visit. This was our first visit for lunch, usually we do dinner, and the three course fixed price menu was exquisite. The water cress salad, the fish and desert were all wonderful. Of course the wine list is extensive and the sommelier choose a great pairing. All in all a great experience and should not be missed by anyone in NYC.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

A nice place for a family or group but the food was a bit bland and nothing special. Expected more from a place with the 'name' history especially for the prices you pay.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in nyc...It never dissapoints!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Cafe Boulud is one of the most charming and elegant restaurants in NYC. You feel as though you dining in a Parisian restaurant. The food is fresh and expertly prepared. We both had pan-seared cod with fingerling potatoes and squash in a tomato pesto for our main course. It melted in your mouth. The dessert sorbet's (raspberry and strawberry) tasted as though the berries had just been picked from the garden. The food presentation was absolute perfection. Our coffee was served with mini- madeleine's - a great touch! The staff was courteous and attentive to every detail. Overall, a great experience. Can't wait to return. Kudo's to Chef Boulud and his staff!!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I made Sunday brunch reservations here for my best friend's birthday. The food was good. Brunch was very filling and the plates were all beautiful. The atmosphere is also very relaxing and beautiful. On the con side, the service was very slow. It took 20 minutes for someone to take our order which was at times forgotten by waiter, and the check was overcharged accidentally which would be fine except I noticed the neighbour eating next to us had an issue with her check as well. The napkins were also stained and unappealing looking.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent food served by attentive, efficient, unobstrusive staff. Great Sunday brunch menu. This was our third visit to Cafe Boulud and I can attest to the consistency of the food and service quality at this establishment. The restaurant has a casual elegance and the atmosphere is congenial. The menu offerings while not inexpensive are good value for money and definitely worth repeating.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The namesake (Daniel Boulud) was dining there also 2 tables away. Felt like the service was completely focused on him and they weren’t really concerned with our table. We were disappointed, I booked this restaurant for Father’s Day and won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Super expensive, super good

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I've eaten here several times and it's always incredible, the food, wine, service and being able to have a conversation without yelling. LOVE IT!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As usual the pinnacle of dining experience!

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