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Cafe Joul

1070 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10022-2202 (Manhattan)
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: East 58th and East 59th Streets
Transit: N, R, 4, 5, 6 trains on 59th and Third Avenue.
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31 reviews from our community

61% Recommend
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English first
Merto Ny
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136 reviews 136 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Cafe Joul is a very good, cozy, local upper east side French/Belgian restaurant. It has a small but well thought out menu and a simple but good wine list. The standout dishes for us were the mussels in any of the sauces[ we tried each], the the frites, the liver and the apple tart dessert with gelato. The staff is... More

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New York City, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Cafe Joul is an easygoing French/Belgian bistro in the East 50s. Locals swear by it, visitors will enjoy it. It's low key, the food is delicious, the service, friendly and efficient, and the ambience is cozy. Drop in for weekend brunch or a full dine.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This small french bistro style restaurant was recommended to us by our B&B host. We walked the 2 blocks and were seated quickly on a Friday night although we did not have a reservation. We decided to both order the steak frites with green peppercorn sauce, one medium, one medium rare. We started with a bit of nice bread on... More

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Willemstad, Curacao
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

We ordered two hamburgers and two Samuel Adams and I paid $ 82. I really think that was very expensive. Yes, the burger was good and yes, there were french fries, but nothing else.

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Syracuse, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Husband enjoyed poached eggs w Canadian bacon. I gorged on toast stuffed with Gruyere and grilled ham topped with sunny up eggs. I have found cheaper brunches but this is French and fabulous!

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new york
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a nice neighborhood spot, I love their salads and their main course liver dish is great! Not everyone likes liver, but if you do, and if you are in the neighborhood, I highly recommend a visit here.

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New York City, New York
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423 reviews 423 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

A neighborhood bistro, yes, friendly to non - regular -customers, NO! We have been there a couple of times before, all mediocre, but it's in our neighborhood, it's no really expensive and it's quiet, so keep trying. After this visit, though, I think we give up. We start with a request for oilve oil instead of butter. The table next... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Always a pleasure to eat here. A neighbourhood gem with a fabulous menu, delicious specials, friendly attentive service, and a great wine list. A go-to when guests come into town and we need a special treat.

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New York City, New York
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230 reviews 230 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

It´s a wonderful spot for lunch. Health salad and a glass off sauv blanc. Can be a quick spot or longer. Usually has some children or babies at lunch. Dinner is quieter. Always fresh salads. Locals love it.

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London England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This lovely restaurant was recommended by our concierge who lives locally to it and goes there often himself. A very relaxed understated restaurant/bistro with excellent food and ultra friendly staff. We ordered the special apetizers (sweet pea soup- which was delicious) and I then asked for a slight alteration to my entree which the cheff did willingly. Everything was fresh... More

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