About Jules Bistro
A taste of Boulevard St. Germain on St. Mark’s, Jules Bistro has captivated diners for twenty five years with its amber coziness, nightly live jazz and authentic French bistro cuisine.
Whether you’re stopping by for a glass of red, settling in for a romantic meal or enjoying the music, Jules Bistro delivers a memorable experience with the reassurance "we’ll always have Paris."
New York, NY 10003
Hours of Operation:
Dinner : Monday - Sunday: 5.00pm - 11.30pm
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm
$31 to $50
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The hottest spot to enjoy the finest jazz in the East Village, and never with a cover!
Nightly performances run from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, in addition to Sunday brunch from 12pm to 3pm. Please consult our website and Facebook page for our weekly lineup.
Subways: L at 3rd Avenue, 6 at Astor Place or N/R to 8th Street NYU.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Jules Bistro Ratings and Reviews
This was our first visit to Jules Bistro. Jules Bistro is a French restaurant, but during the summer Olympics they offer Brazilian specials, a Brazilian prix fixe, the Olympics playing on every TV in the house, and a wonderful Bossa Nova and Jazz band featuring the beautiful Carlota Gurascier. We shared both the Brazilian prix fixe and a traditional French dish starting with Les Escargots and then the Magret de Canard a L’Orange that was all delicious. After a bit of a rocky start with a newly hired server, a seasoned server took over our table and the service was impeccable in traditional French fashion.
I reserved at Jules for my husband's 50th birthday. He is Swiss French/American and loves French food. I read the reviews of Jules and thought it sounded great. The atmosphere is really charming, very cozy, and yes, french feeling. Also the music was wonderful. The meal was delicious- very french, nicely balanced and well presented. I only had one complaint, which was that the escargot was too heavy, oily and bland.
Appetizers: the Terrine de Foie Gras is something I just love, but I was a bit dissapointed. Not that tasty and the brioche not very good, the Tatare de Thon was very good though. For the mains the cote de boeuf and potato wedges was excellent. The music was really good, not as jazzy as I expected, which I liked :-)
I had the special crab salad and I ate every last bit of it. Loved the ambiance of the place with the Sinatra live band to entertain you.
Don't sit outside, the area is next to trash cans from the apartments upstairs. On a summer night, I got bit by skeeters so I moved inside. Other than that, I'd definitely return.
This long time main stay of the Saint Marks Place scene is probably the best French bistro in the lower east side. It's menu has everything the gastronome would be looking for in provincial French dining. Ambience is exactly what you would be looking for and the Jazz scene after 9pm is just an added breathe of the Parisian flare. Prefect for a date or a group of friends looking for great eats. Start with a cheese board, then try the Steak Frite, finish with Île Flottante... something I have not found in any Manhattan bistros! Magnifique!
Had a wonderful meal while listening to a great sax trio. Couldn't believe there was no cover - the group passed a bucket around for donations and I definitely donated! The music was perfect for the venue and the meal. I had probably the BEST sauvignon blanc I've ever had here too - it was so smooth and rich. I had the half roasted chicken, which was nearly melt in your mouth. Will definitely go back on a return trip to the city, loved it!
We wanted to love Jules Bistro, and would have had the service been much better. We were seated immediately but waited 25 minutes for our wine order to be taken. Our food was served before the bread arrived although the other tables were enjoying theirs. We thought the tables were very cramped together for our preference. However, the steak frites and pan seared skate were delicious. You will enjoy Jules as long as you know what to expect.
A charming environment with excellent food. My date and I each had a fish dish, mine being the skate and she had the salmon- They were delicious , the French onion soup divine. The wine was good and the atmosphere very French- Are you a Francophile? It was a sexy charming environment that entertains your soul with a feel of Europe and a sexy grit that only NYC can provide.
It's easy to see (and taste) the reason that Jules has been a neighborhood fixture for decades: excellent food and excellent service. I dined with a friend and we both enjoyed our steaks and sides, great wine, dessert and lovely atmosphere. Jules is very reliable quality-wise and a real treat whether it's a special occasion or not.
We had seen 'Jules Bistro' earlier in the week when we were exploring the East Village district and thought it looked good for our last evening in the City. It was a Monday night so probably not their busiest night...There were several people at the bar when we arrived and some good live music - a fusion of jazz and world music. The service was great with very attentive staff.
The food was delicious and served well.
The manageress/hostess who welcomed us at the restaurant also joined in with the entertainment and actually had an amazing voice! She certainly added to the ambience of the restaurant. A very enjoyable evening!
I've been here a few times. The food is good, but not spectacular. The real reason to come here is the jazz. Its definitely fun to change up the regular dinner date and see some live music while eating. Usually the musicians are pretty good. As for the service-- its OK, sometimes slow.
The place has a quaint french vibe to it. Not fancy or anything, but has a lot of character.
Overall I was happy with my experience there. The live music was excellent and the atmosphere was lively. The lardons et roquefort, l'epaule d'agneau, le saumon grille, and chocolate lava cake were delicious. However, if you have a nut allergy, double check you food. I'm not sure if the waitress had a difficult time hearing me because of the volume of the music or not; I definitely had trouble hearing her. I would definitely go back though
My wife and I had a wonderful time at Jules Bistro on Saturday night. The food was excellent, the wait staff was friendly and accommodating, and the jazz trumpet player, Satish Robertson, was terrific. I was impressed with how well the staff navigated through tight spaces while carrying many dishes. The only drawback for us was the noise level, which made it difficult to have a conversation and to hear the music, which was the principal reason we had come. If you want to hear the music, try to request a table up close, or try going on a weeknight when it may be less crowded. But the food was good enough to make a visit worthwhile even if you cannot hear the music.
Jules was a super cute, little French spot tucked away on St. Mark's. As soon as we walked up, I saw there was live music (little french, little bluesy, little Hawaiian) but very nice. A little awk that the band walked around collecting tips, but I get the hustle and they didn't come to our table more than one time all morning. We had a cute brunch, I had the french toast prix fixe, which was a little sparse to be honest- I definitely was still hungry afterward and my portion was very small compared to the egg dishes you could choose from. The mimosas were unlimited as long as we were there for just $9 more than the original prix fixe cost. They seemed a bit... mild tbh. I barely ate anything bc the portion was small and had a good amount of drinks, but never quite felt a buzz. The server was super friendly, but I felt bad because we were waiting a lot and it wasn't his fault. It was peak brunch hour when we first arrived and he was serving the entire place with no help. He was very friendly though and definitely did better once the crowd faded, but I ate my meal with no syrup because he never came back and I didn't want to wait anymore. Still would go back though! Just maybe on a slower day, and definitely would order a different meal (or a side to make it more filling). it was very yummy food though!
Horrendous wait even though had a reservation. Host kept telling us he'd be seating us next, pointing to the table he was going to give us, then giving it to someone else. Finally got sat in the back near a very frigid draft. No one came by to take drink orders, so we left.
We were seated in the front of the restaurant (I hadn't realized they had a huge back room) against a pole, which turned out to be pretty awkward. I kept having to avoid getting knocked into by the staff as they walked by. The food was good although on the pricey side for the portions. But I liked the look and feel of the place and would go back to hear the bands.
Came here for one year with the girlfriend.
Live jazz on a Saturday night at 8:30. Waiters all were either from France or French speakers, food was French and fantastic, service was wonderful. Reasonably priced bottle of chardonnay for the table @ $40. Ambience was beautiful, dinner plates weren't crazy expensive, most items under $30. The duck was moist and tender and melted in your mouth. They brought us over complimentary champagne because I mentioned it was our one year.
Highly recommended wonderful place
Both the appetizers and main courses were vastly too salty. Made us wonder what mistakes they were trying to cover up. If you want decent French Bistro fare with your live jazz, go instead to Matisse at 2nd Avenue and E 49th St. The Avalon band that plays there is Parisian style, to better match the atmosphere.
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