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“The Upscale picnic stop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Epicerie Boulud

Epicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York City, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)
(212) 595-9606
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Ranked #1,522 of 11,186 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French, American, Seafood, Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Dessert, Bakeries, Spanish, Delicatessen, Tapas
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 64th Street
Transit: Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center subway stops are within blocks of the restaurant. Local Broadway bus lines stop directly in front of the restaurant.
Description: Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $29 and dinner for $45. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.
New York City, New York
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“The Upscale picnic stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

If you have ever eaten at one of Daniel Boulud's establishment, you know what to expect. So what can I expect from his "epicerie?" Exactly just the same but made to go. Sure it may be pricer than your average deli, but then again what deli in near Central Park comes cheap in that vicinity.
From paté, foie gras, salads , sandwiches, to jewel like desserts, Epicerie Boulud is the perfect stop before your Central Park luncheon. Conveniently packaged for on the go, or hang out by their bar and watch the people toot in and around Lincoln Center. If you can't fork your wallet for his fine dining, this comes close. The service is cordial but efficient. I once overheard the bar-tender chatting away telling her life story. I usually thought it was the customer's who often vent.

The bar has a sausage and oyster bar. If the dining establishments around the Lincoln Center are out of the question, this is a good accessible alternative.

Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Credit cards accepted, no seating, but standing room available. Soups and sandwiches to go, great for house-warming gifts.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maui, Hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“Good but too Fussy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Epicerie Boulud is part of the Boulud complex (Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud) across from Lincoln Center.

It's really not a destination restaurant but it is a good place to stop, have an espresso, a great (see below) croissant, gelato or some good cheese.

More about the croissants: they are truly exceptional and rank among the average croissants available in any Parisian boulangerie (which is quite a compliment!).

So why only three TripAdvisor circles? Because they're fussy and not very customer friendly. For example, they have outdoor seating, but even though there are empty seats and you don't need any service, they may not let you sit there because, well, I'm not sure why. The outdoor seating area is otherwise quite nice.

Too bad, it would be good to show some flexibility when it doesn't really interfere with the operation of facility. Otherwise, I would say these casse-croûtes are worth a detour.

Visited August 2012
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Not worthy of Boloud”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Somewhat better than the usual deli but disappointing nonetheless. Premade sandwiches and salads were tired . Lobster roll had a stale roll and watery lobster. Better to go to Pain de Quoditian around the corner. It is a good idea for Boloud to establish a take out place but why not have fresh sandwiches and salads?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Winter Park, Florida
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“Yummy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Very much like the little walk up food stores in Paris. Everything we had, even the strong coffee, was really great, especially the pastries. The service was a little slow and we couldn't tell where to order as we were ignored at the counter where we were supposed to order. The cashier finally took our order and called it over to the cooks.

Visited February 2013
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“Fast food in style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

This place has different options for walking in for a bite, a drink or just a craving. Worth a visit if you are going to a show at Lincoln Ctr., either before or after

Visited December 2012
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