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“Hands down my favorite”
Review of Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud
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Ranked #144 of 13,754 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: 5th and Madison Avenues
Transit: #6 Train to 77th Street & Lexington Avenue M1, M2,M3 or M4 buses on Madison Avenue - 77th Street Stop
Description: 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
New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hands down my favorite”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I grew up in New York with foody parents, and am an avid eater myself, so I have frequented some of the best restaurants in Manhattan and this is my absolute favorite. There are no pretensions, the décor is elegant and simple, the menu not overdone, and the waiters friendly and courteous, not stuck up as at other high end restaurants. All this allows for the food to shine. The classic French food, and the international cuisine is spectacular and perfectly seasonal. Everything is cooked perfectly and has harmonious flavors, without any gimmicks or unnecessary flourishes. The presentation is beautiful. It's not a production like Daniel or Eleven Madison Park, so one can focus on the delicious food.

They also have a great wine list!

  • Visited June 2013
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San Francisco
Level 6 Contributor
264 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Perfect for What It Is”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Cafe Boulud is in the mid-range of Daniel Boulud's continuously growing empire. He has Daniel which is at the top end and competes with the likes of Per Se, etc. Cafe Boulud is on the elegant side without the fussiness and pretensions of the upper tier places. We went with a group of six for dinner and the service and pacing was well done. At times we had 6 servers to ensure all our plates were put down at the same time which made me giggle a bit. The menu is organized into themes - traditional, seasonal, market and world. You can pick across all. All six of us enjoyed our food. I had a crudo of fluke to start, grilled cod and a dark chocolate soufflé cake for dessert. Everything was excellent and all the diners had a similar opinion about their food. We liked that we could talk without shouting but that we could also not feel like we had to whisper. All in all, I think it hits the right note.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Oaklandish3
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Roma, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best service EVER!”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

My wife and I had lunch here during a day at The Met. Our waitress was fantastic. She suggested amazing wines to match the 3 courses of the prix fixe, and even gave us a complimentary sparkling dessert wine (our first) which was amazing. Efficient and attentive, we could have filled up on the bread that was offered!

The food was good, the service and the wine outstanding.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Matt V
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“fair”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Café Boulud promises more than it delivers. The service is spotty and the restaurant is not that comfortable. The food is good, and, with better service, this would be a very good restaurant

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food, great wine.”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

We like to stop by Cafe Boulud after seeing a movie nearby. The food is always excellent and they have a great variety of wine to pair with your food.

Visited November 2012
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