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Cafe Boulud

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20 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021 (5th and Madison Avenues)
#6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
212-772-2600
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7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: CAFÉ BOULUD features a French-American menu inspired by Chef Daniel...
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 $37 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and 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 18 guest 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 onwards. DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar
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    Very good
  • 66
    Average
  • 28
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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We recently enjoyed lunch, which is less expensive than dinner, but the same incredible food and service. This is a great choice for a day when visiting the upper East Side museums.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
FrannyGP
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Warren, Vermont
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Warren, Vermont
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We recently enjoyed lunch, which is less expensive than dinner, but the same incredible food and service. This is a great choice for a day when visiting the upper East Side museums.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Interesting menu variety, excellent food. Desserts a bit more ordinary. Wine list outstanding. Service appropriately attentive. Ambience

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Paris
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We did pop up without reservation when passing by and asked if a party of five would be accomodated as far as the restaurant looked fully booked and the surroundings where crowded... The manager found a solution dressing a table in the lounge in a quite intimate atmosphere and we had a wonderful dinner served with smile and style. We... More 

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Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I've enjoyed Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach for many years, and decided to visit the NYC location this week. It was nice to see the consistency in service and beautifully presented, tasty meals in both locations. Staff is warm and knowledgeable and food outstanding. We allowed the waiter to make our wine selection, based on what we told him, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

I visited Cafe Boulud due to a recomendation done by the American Express Concierge. I was looking for a good French restaurant to celebrate my 7th wedding anniversary. When first arrived we were invited to wait for our table at the bar. Just next to the restaurant. We had just a couple of drinks (superb martinis) and were impressed of... More 

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Virginia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We had dinner for business and the night we selected focused on Vietnam. In addition there were three separate "flight" of cuisines to choose from. Typical of Boulud, the ingredients were fresh, the fragrances were pronounced, and the taste was just right. Wine selection is phenomenal and the sommelier know the trade. Only issue was that by 9 pm they... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Go to the Frick Collection for wonderful paintings by Holbein, Rembrant and JMW Turner. You will be uplifted and a few blocks up you can go to lunch at the Cafe Boulud. The dishes exude class with subtle combination of flavours. Delightful thin veal slices for a starter. Followed by excellent hake. My slow cooked shoulder of pork with a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

We have had amazing meals in Paris, Nice, Rome, and Chicago and our meal at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach measures right up there. The food, the flavor and the service were awesome!! Thanks to Matt our bartender who kept us engaged with stories about the chef the restaurant and the menu. He made the experience memorable. Run, don't walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Suburb food and service which was attentive but never intrusive. The three menus were innovative and offered fascinating opportunity for exploratory cuisine.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I am still thinking about my dinner last night at Cafe Boulud. One of the best meals that I have ever had. The Spring Salad was amazing. The Spaghetti Carbonara was out of this world. Add in the perfectly paired wine and impeccable service, and it just doesn't get any better than that. The atmosphere is understated, relaxed elegance. A... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021
    (5th and Madison Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: #6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: 212-772-2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 80
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business

Description

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 $37 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and 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 18 guest 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 onwards. DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighborhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighborhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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