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Cafe Boulud

Certificate of Excellence
Upper East Side
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20 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021-2643 (5th and Madison Avenues)
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the prix fixe lunch at the Cafe Boulud very much. The atmosphere is understatedly elegant, the tables and chairs are well spaced and comfortable, and the clientele seems to be largely local, rather than dominated by tourists. The service was smooth and professional, and as to be expected, the cuisine was delicious. I especially enjoyed the coffee, as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I dined at Café Boulud for lunch on a weekday afternoon in early August 2016. Operating as a hotel restaurant, Café Boulud is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can make a reservation at Café Boulud using the Open Table system or via telephone. Café Boulud is located on the Upper East Side in the... More 

Thank fluffnfold
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

It was fun learning you completed your quest to visit all of Chef Daniel Boulud’s Manhattan Restaurants here at Café Boulud! We are pleased to know how much you enjoyed our delicious halibut, risotto and warm madeleines, but are disappointed your appetizer was not to your expectations, and for the confusion over dessert. In the future, if there is anything... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was singularly the best breakfast I have ever had. Walking in Central Park, I looked up a restaurant for brunch on the iPhone, found Cafe Boulud on the Upper east Side, phoned for a reservation and voila! Think I just got very very lucky, so if you are after Sunday brunch...book. Ask for a table on the banquette even... More 

Thank Samiseal
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

How wonderful to read you had such a fabulous time during your visit here! Your kind and thoughtful compliments for our breakfast menu, our ambiance, and the excellent service you received from our team, are very much appreciated. We hope you stop by again the next time you are in the City, and when you do, please ask for me... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing meal with my sister and her husband who live in New York. The chilled pea soup was to die for and the fillet steak was delicious. We had a lovely evening and the staff were very friendly.

Thank Chilli99_12
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

We couldn't be more pleased to know you had such an enjoyable time dining with us on your visit to the City. Thank you for your gracious compliments and high recommendation. Gratefully,Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

2 (42usd) or 3 (49usd) meals menu with breakfast and lunch dishes. We've had fruits, salad, leek soup vichyssoise, corn risotto, herbs ravioli, omelet. Those were good but the chicken and the molten cakes were excellent. Good service, not to the level of a Michelin star though.

1 Thank Tanmouss
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

It is great to know you enjoyed your meals with us, and we thank you for your kind compliments. Expert service is our goal, so on future visits please speak with me if at any time that is not what you receive. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate outside for lunch, selecting the prix fixe lunch. Each course was elegantly presented and tasted delicious. I had the hanger steak as my main and my husband had the lamb pappardelle. I am giving this restaurant only 4 starts for a couple of reasons. The service was extremely slow - even by French dining standards. I don't like... More 

1 Thank ShoboM
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Your kind words for our cuisine and ambiance are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your positive review. However, it is disappointing to learn of your long wait for your meal, as our intention is to serve you in a reasonable amount of time; and we are sorry the lamb pappardelle did not meet your expectations. On future visits,... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town for the US Open and here's our story. We made a reservation at Cafe Boulud because it was near our hotel only to find out it was basically the hotel's restaurant. Normally that would turn us off, but this was an exception. The service was impeccable and the food was much more than what we expected... More 

Thank seamgh
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

What a delight to know you found us, and had such an enjoyable meal during your visit to the City. We are honored by your high review, and I would love to welcome you personally the next time you are in New York. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have frequented this neighborhood restaurant several times over the years - and we have been quite disappointed the last couple times we had dinner at Cafe Boulud. Their menu is quite innovative - BUT we all felt that the quality of the food unfortunately has gone down. The prices remain high - and for what they charge - and... More 

1 Thank C L
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Having our neighbors join us is a highlight of our day, so it saddens us to learn you have been disappointed recently. We value your feedback and would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you in hopes of regaining your trust. Please send me your email or phone number to cmbodji@danielnyc.com and I will contact you directly. Respectfully, Cherif Mbodji,... More 

New York
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While saying at the Surrey Hotel we had 2 breakfasts downstairs at the Cafe. Service was prompt and courteous and the food was excellent. Loved the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and the eggs were delicious. One morning a french omelet and the next the creamiest scrambled eggs ever. Husband had the pancakes which were also delish. Wonderful way to start... More 

Thank Dudly
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Knowing your day started with a smile, thanks to our love for serving fresh, excellently prepared breakfasts, makes us very happy. Thank you for your 5-star review, and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the City. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud - New York City More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

(The Bitter End refers to the fact that many good restaurants have surprisingly bad coffee. To address this, we are rating the coffee first in our reviews.) Cappuccino- Surprisingly good. The coffee was strong enough to cut through the milk, which was adequately foamed. 3 out of 4. Espresso- Good crema, mild but flavorful. 3 out of 4. I have... More 

Thank R S
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Ending well is very important, so reading your gracious comments for our Cappuccino and Espresso gives us great pleasure. And, as we love to create distinctive takes on world cuisines, it is gratifying to know you’ve enjoyed your meals from our Le Voyage menu selections, as well as our special desserts. Thank you for all your insightful feedback, and your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $80
French, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021-2643
    (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: 12127722600
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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