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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)
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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All 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
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New York City, New York
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199 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Always enjoyed eating here. The food was solid and the atmosphere simple and casual. It was a great local restaurant but the space is now empty.

Thank stewater
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Was an excellent French Bistro that closed over the summer. So sorry to see it go. At the moment, it does not look like they'll be reopening in a new location.

Thank acgoldy
Fort Lee, NJ
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

I promised to drive our visiting nephew to LaGuardia airport. Knowing he would stay on the East Side I found the high ranked Cafe Joul on TripAdvisor, attracted by their $24 Prix Fixe weekend brunch -- including a wake-up drink (Mimosa, Bloody Mary etc.) My wife's choice of French Toast was markedly unusual and tasty. My quiche was agreeable but... More 

Thank Pops07024
rochester, NY
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The service was great, the staff really nice and attentive, and great food. Somewhat expensive,but it's NYC, so no surprise.

Thank jim493
New York City, New York
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252 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It isn't necessarily fancy, but this cozy, family-run French bistro is affordable, delicious and authentically French. Monsieur Vernejoul, the chef and owner is the real deal. His uncomplicated but accomplished approach to bistro cuisine is worth a second try. And a third. A nice addition to the East 50s in midtown Manhattan.

1 Thank Steve K
Avon Lake, Ohio
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a small, out of the way place in midtown. It had a nice neighborhood ambiance. The server was prompt and friendly. The meal was excellent - a salad made with a goat cheese stuffed pretzel was original, and the duck was done exactly as I requested.

2 Thank Nancy S
New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My family has been enjoying Cafe Joul since discovering it a few years ago and dine there frequently. The restaurant is intimate, comfortable and the owner and staff friendly and accommodating. The food is excellent and varied and changes often. The brunch is also a favorite! It is a perfect place for a family dinner, a romantic dinner or meal... More 

2 Thank 847gailr
New York City, New York
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199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 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.

2 Thank Janet D
Rhode Island
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

2 Thank D82mouth
New York, NY
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297 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,009 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 

1 Thank EANYC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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

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

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