Café Boulud

4.6
5784 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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MF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect elegant cafe. Looking forward to a return.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, presentation, and DB’d typical perfect touches. Maitre d’ is first rate

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was ok but not great . The bread they served was a bit stale it was not baked today . The only dish that was outstanding was the chilled beet soup . Service was good but it never compensate for average food .

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Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful evening at Cafe Boulud. We ordered the Duck Breast and Resotto and the food was nicely presented, prepared and delicious. We would highly recommend Cafe Boulud to anyone looking for an upscale dining experience and look forward to dining there again on our next visit to New York.

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CK
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Boulud is our "go-to" restaurant when we want a special night out with friends in a "grown up" environment. The food is always absolutely sublime. We can carry on a conversation without shouting over the noise around us BUT it has a lively, upbeat vibe.

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JA
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a huge fan of Chef Boulud, his staff and his restaurants....I have been to all of the ones in the city and enjoyed each one immensely. This past visit was no exception and I am thrilled that Cafe Boulud is located in my favorite NYC hotel, the Surrey. My friend Pierre and I enjoyed a very nice dinner of oysters, white asparagus, crab bisque, loup de mer, and a delicious chicken. We shared the entrees and enjoyed a luscious Genot Boulanger Montrachet, finished the evening with a molten chocolate dessert...All in all it was a great evening, and steps from my suite at the Surrey! The atmosphere is cozy and friendly...The service was top.

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This high end resturant meets and exceeds expectations as each dish delivers amazing taste. The only small criticism was attention to detail relative to clearing our plates in a timely manner.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends for delectable food and good wines. We came from Korea, Singapore and Mauritius to reconnect and reminisce and this was the perfect relaxed setting with just the right amount of waiter attention. Perfect evening! Thanks.

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NS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Went for breakfast. 20 minute wait for service/coffee. 45 minute wait for our scrambled eggs with toast, though the restaurant was almost empty. Very un-attentive service - we felt like the invisible family and went up to leave without waiting for the food.

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DX
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The location is fine and easily accessed. The food was good as well as wine. However, the service was terrible. The waiter was indifferent to any of our request. We had to wait for a very long time for any response. And in the end, I had to tip him for his unpleasant service.

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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we showed up quite early for our reservation, but with considerable graciousness and good humor, we were immediately seated. Service was exceedingly friendly....nothing haughty or supercilious, as in some high-end restaurants. Food was delicious, especially my Vietnamese crab soup and roasted duck breast. The molten chocolate cake was a super finish to the dinner. A wonderful evening!

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Incredibly attentive but not intrusive. The food and presentation very impressive as you would expect from a Boulud restaurant. Can't wait to try the others.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure with good food consistently.

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the ambience - the superb food, the warm and efficient service and the entire experience- we live in Sydney and your restaurant is always a must when we visit New York

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HC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best food in NYC. Always the same, year after year!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb cuisine. Excellent service.

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P
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet ambiance conducive to fine dining. The food is always a pleasure.

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente, la comida esquisita, ambiente acogedor. Buen servicio

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. It was fantastic!

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HB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always top notch.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful and relaxed atmosphere with impeccable unobtrusive service. Food is inventive and delicious and entire staff friendly and attentive.
Would return in a heartbeat.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely, the food is not only pretty, but delicious and a wide variety of textures and tastes.
if you want a special occasion restaurant, this is it.

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The spring time lunch menu of pea soup and asparagus risotto was perfection on a plate. I don't know who cooks during the week for lunch, but the risotto was the best I've ever had.... Finished off with a strawberry tart, warm madeleines and an almond milk cappuccino that was foamed perfectly.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a birthday lunch celebration. The prix fixed, three course meal. Each course was exceptional. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. The only disappointment was the noise level. The conversation level of the other patrons was very loud and distracting. With the restaurant being a Michelin Star restaurant I expected the noise level to be subdued.

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife and my first time at Cafe Boulud although we had been wanting to go for some time. We have eaten at the three Lincoln Center Boulud restaurants many times and will some day go to Daniel. The occasion was to meet with a very old and good friend from my Fulbright days in Hamburg, Germany, with his new wife, who were in town on business. Needless to say we were not disappointed, far from it. The food was superb and the staff friendly and attentive and we never felt rushed. Although the restaurant was full when we began, we were able to converse, and, as other patrons began to finish, even more comfortably. Summing up: it was perfect. We will return.

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ST
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating staff & the food was impeccable & flavorful & beautiful! Wine list was wonderful & had perfect selections. Great mix.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a great evening.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is elegant
and welcoming. We were given
a round table (for five), which was perfect
for conversation. We felt very pampered
by the service we received from all the
staff.

And, as usual, the food was impeccable. We
particularly liked the Voyages Vietnamese
loup de mer. And we appreciated all the
extras, from the arancini to begin with, to
the madeleines at the end.

A great place for a special evening.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highlight of New York dining is debatably Cafe Boulud. Spectacular and perfected to every degree. The staff cares for each and every detail in a way a chef could only dream. Cheers.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This used to be one of my favorite NYC restaurants. But the noise level was awful. I will not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was not that good as we expected.

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HB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect spot for a birthday lunch. Wonderful food and the perfect level of buzz.

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SQ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely old-fashioned restaurant with service that is just right, never obsequious but always "correct," as the French would say. Food was excellent, though the desserts were too small.

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's our 2nd time in a couple of months, and our experience as to food, service and ambiance is the same - excellent! It's a perfect neighborhood go-to place. The salads, fish and meats all taste great. We'll try the oysters next. The staff are friendly and attentive - no hint of snooty!

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect bruch - excellent food choice and services.

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CT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enormously positive experience at Café Boulud. My husband and I brought our 3 months old daughter as OpenTable listed the restaurant as "kid-friendly", and although Café Boulud obviously is a high class restaurant, they accomodated perfectly to the situation. Our daughter is a very quiet baby and is used to us dining out together with her, so we did not disturb anyone else's dinner. Yet, our bright red stroller was a somehow unusual sight in the surroundings, but that didn't seem to bother the staff. Everybody frequently checked in if all of us are okay, and we had a pleasant evening. So thank you, team of Café Boulud, for that. However, what was the absolute highlight of the evening was the food. We love the art of fine dining and appreciate it when a chef does not only prepare a meal but creates a creative experience that lets your taste buds go on a journey. To us, this is like a mini-vacation. And the service is meticulous in every detail. If I could, I would give you more than 5* !

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e
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An exceptional weekend Brunch experience. Excellent 3 course menu selections. First and Second course options outshine the dessert choices but that simply because I was so satisfied by the time the cart came by! I would hardly recommend this for Brunch. And I plan on returning the next time I am in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had s fabulous, memorable meal to commemorate a special occasion.

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