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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)
8:00 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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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food is truly exceptional, and as an added advantage, you're highly likely to see someone famous there.

Thank Mitzi P
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is our "go to" before the opera. Very good food well served. Reservations are necessary but without one there is often room at a counter. The selection of chartuery

Thank Bill S
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The favorite intimate high end restaurant for many New Yorkers, the restaurant offers consistently remarkable foods with strong seasonal emphasis in low key elegance. Breads are amazing, wine list pricy but excellent especially for Burgundies.

Thank murrayhiller
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had breakfast recently at Cafe Boulud. Sadly mediocre. Service was shaky and not up to Daniel's standard and remarkedly slow. Even more surprising was the disappointing food quality. Scrambled eggs not upto the French standard, substandard sausages, greasy bacon and overly garlic seasoning on potatoes. OJ was good. Hope Daniel Boulud has not spread himself too thin!

Thank 757983
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Our desire is to make sure each guest has a wonderful meal, so we are sorry you were disappointed with your breakfast. We value your feedback and would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. Please send me your email or phone number to cmbodji@danielnyc.com and I will contact you directly. Respectfully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud - New York City More 

Hong Kong, China
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97 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With a Michelin star and Colombian-born executive sous chef whose Burger King-to-Institut Paul Bocuse tale will surely be made into a movie, the bar was set very high for this meal. Oh, and it's part of a hotel off Central Park that JFK and Bette Davis had stayed in. Unfortunately the crab salad, chocolate molten cake, exotic sorbets, and even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had break last here as part of the Surrey Hotel. The food was distinctly average as was the service. The scrambled egg turned up in a bowl with smoked salmon separate as opposed to mixed as requested. It's fine but one expects a bit more being joined to an excellent hotel.

1 Thank Calder C
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a diner in this restaurant during my business visit to NY. I opted for the tomato salad and the strip lion which both were delicious . Good bread selection and excellent service and molten chocolate.

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

We are delighted you took such pleasure in your meal with us while in NY, and we thank you for your kind words. I would enjoy greeting you personally, so be sure to ask for me the next time you visit. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Boulud is a throwback to a time when great food was it's own reward and sufficient to the point of allowing it to remain the centerpiece of a dining experience. Today's uber pricey meal patron deserves a dining experience with a bit of fun interjected into the experience and that requires noticing and listening to the dining guest. Cafe... More 

1 Thank peter b
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner. Great atmosphere, superb service and wonderful food. The evening was simply wonderful. Management should be congratulated on running a fabulous establishment.

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

Dear James, Your gracious compliments for all we do to make dining special for our guests were highly appreciated. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed a wonderful meal here, and hope to serve you again soon. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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149 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was able to get a reservation last minute on a Thursday night. Although we had to wait for our table past our reservation time, the host took very good care of us and escorted us to the bar, secured a table and got us wine. Once we were seated, the service and the food were fantastic. We all had... More 

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

Knowing you had an enjoyable and relaxing time here with friends, over a delicious meal, gives us great pleasure. Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the attentive service you received from our team, as we want to make every guest feel welcome and special. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$40 - $80
French, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, 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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