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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
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice East Side French Restaurant

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Janet D
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
266 reviews 266 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Rhode Island
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
882 helpful votes 882 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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Costa Rica
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I love this restaurant & made a special trip with a friend from London to have the fish cassoulet. At 8PM on a Thursday they had run out, then they said they had run out of the liver which is fabulous & a second choice. I ended up having the mussels. They were so small that if I had blinked... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I know the owner of Joul from the gym on 59th St. we both attend. He has to work off the quality cuisine he serves at the restaurant he owns where his wife, who I think is German, is maitresse d. The place used to drive us nuts because the metal ceiling kept you from hearing yourself think but the... More 

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Merto Ny
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194 reviews 194 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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

Questions & Answers

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

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