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Cafe Joul

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1070 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10022-2202 (East 58th and East 59th Streets)
N, R, 4, 5, 6 trains on 59th and Third Avenue.
212-759-3131
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
CLOSED

Was an excellent French Bistro that closed over the summer. So sorry to see it go. At the moment, it does not look like they'll be reopening in a new location.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
acgoldy
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Was an excellent French Bistro that closed over the summer. So sorry to see it go. At the moment, it does not look like they'll be reopening in a new location.

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Thank acgoldy
Fort Lee, NJ
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

I promised to drive our visiting nephew to LaGuardia airport. Knowing he would stay on the East Side I found the high ranked Cafe Joul on TripAdvisor, attracted by their $24 Prix Fixe weekend brunch -- including a wake-up drink (Mimosa, Bloody Mary etc.) My wife's choice of French Toast was markedly unusual and tasty. My quiche was agreeable but... More 

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Thank Pops07024
rochester, NY
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The service was great, the staff really nice and attentive, and great food. Somewhat expensive,but it's NYC, so no surprise.

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Thank jim493
New York City, New York
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203 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It isn't necessarily fancy, but this cozy, family-run French bistro is affordable, delicious and authentically French. Monsieur Vernejoul, the chef and owner is the real deal. His uncomplicated but accomplished approach to bistro cuisine is worth a second try. And a third. A nice addition to the East 50s in midtown Manhattan.

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1 Thank Steve K
Avon Lake, Ohio
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a small, out of the way place in midtown. It had a nice neighborhood ambiance. The server was prompt and friendly. The meal was excellent - a salad made with a goat cheese stuffed pretzel was original, and the duck was done exactly as I requested.

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2 Thank Nancy S
New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My family has been enjoying Cafe Joul since discovering it a few years ago and dine there frequently. The restaurant is intimate, comfortable and the owner and staff friendly and accommodating. The food is excellent and varied and changes often. The brunch is also a favorite! It is a perfect place for a family dinner, a romantic dinner or meal... More 

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2 Thank 847gailr
New York City, New York
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311 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A first visit for me and I liked the place very much. The food and service were very good. Its a sweet, unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. An adult restaurant - meaning not noisy and its on Open Table.

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2 Thank Janet D
Rhode Island
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My husband claims that Joul has the 'best burger' he's ever had. I go for the more classic French fare which is consistently good as well. The food is carefully prepared and of high quality. I first to Joul with my parents who loved the place. They would go for early dinners and really enjoyed the owners and chatting with... More 

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New York, NY
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239 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 858 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Cafe Joul is a very cheery and welcoming cafe on the east side. It offers consistent French cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere. I have been here for Sunday brunch: the eggs Benedict stand out. At lunch, try their excellent burger. At dinner, the best offering is mussels. Cafe Jouls has been in the neighborhood for quite a long time. It... More 

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1 Thank EANYC
Costa Rica
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90 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We discover Cafe Joul 6 years ago and every time we are in NYC we go for lunch. Small authentic French/Belgian restaurant. Last time we had the hamburger and the wild mushroom ravioli and a hamburger. Both plates were fantastic. I'm taking out a star just because I think that prices are a bit high and it begin to look... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1070 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10022-2202
    (East 58th and East 59th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: N, R, 4, 5, 6 trains on 59th and Third Avenue.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-759-3131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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