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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 - 10:30 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Any restaurant that Daniel Boulud owns happens to be great. So Cafe Boulud is no exception. Food was amazing, and they even went out of their way to make some gluten free appetizers and made sure that my food was completely gluten free.

Thank MiamiMartin
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Its a limited menu, we chose the 3 course menu. It was definitely the best tuna tartare both of us had ever had. Disappointing chicken on bone, and dry. The Durade was flavorful. We sat outside because the weather was lovely. We let them know we only had one hour for lunch. Since it's pretty much a limited (almost set)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I come to Cafe Boulud every time I'm in New York. And every time I come, I am amazed. Meticulous pairings create sophisticated flavours that tease and tantalize.

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

Your kind words, and continued patronage, are greatly appreciated. We look forward to serving you again the next time you’re in the city! A bientôt, Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud – New York City More 

San Francisco, California
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great dining on the Upper East Side at Cafe Boulud. This is a very comfortable but elegant dining experience with excellent service and great food. It may not be in my top 5 NYC restaurants but it is very close. I like the friendly but elegant atmosphere. But I really also go for the food and nice wine list. Expensive,... More 

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GeneraIManager, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Dear Zara, It is our great pleasure to know that you enjoyed our excellent service and great food and we hope to be in your top 5 list very soon! Our goal is to provide an elegant, friendly atmosphere for our guests and we are happy your visit reflected that. A bientôt, Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud – New York... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to be here during restaurant week and ordered the restaurant week menu. I must say that in my experience,many restaurants create substandard menus for restaurant week, but not here. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The only thing I didn't love was the bread. It was only ok to my taste, and we had to wait forever... More 

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GeneraIManager, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

It is our passion to serve beautifully presented, delicious cuisine one hundred percent of the time! Restaurant week is a perfect opportunity for guests to discover Café Boulud and we are very glad your meal exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your feedback and positive review. A bientôt, Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud – New York City More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant service has gone down terribly the waiting staff is so bad not what you would expect from a 5 star michelin hotel restaurant . The waiting don't care . I asked specifically for room temperature water .twice they brought cold water . 3rd time I asked in Spanish and explained Then instead of room temperature he simply went... More 

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GeneraIManager, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

We never want our guests to feel unhappy with us, and we are sorry your satisfaction could not be reached in your initial visit here, nor in your follow-up visit the next day. We respect your opinion, but as we discussed in person, we feel it is unfair and not a complete picture of events in this particular instance. Respectfully,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I came here during restaurant week and were treated very poorly by staff. We booked via the restaurant week open table service, but there must've been a mistake on someone's end because Cafe Boulud didn't offer a dinner menu for restaurant week. When I asked to see the restaurant week menu and was told it wasn't available,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took two friends, a chef from Toronto and a winemaker from Poland, to this restaurant last week. Service was as usual impeccable; the sommelier matched our dishes with two Burgundy wines that worked together beautifully; and we all had a marvelous time. This is definitely our go to restaurant when we would like to make a positive impression. As... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service is unpleasant as the waiters don't mind to interrupt you whenever they want to ask something . The dishes were disappointing , nothing special just basic cafe food nicely presented, that's all. The coffee machine was broken so they could not make any expresso coffees . Will not try to again !

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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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