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Cafe Boulud

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Upper East Side
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20 E 76th St, New York City, NY 10021-2643 (5th and Madison Avenues)
+1 212-772-2600
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07:00 - 22:30
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Sun 08:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrific risotto , excellent ambience for personal entertainment . Wine selection was good . Terrific attention to detail

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

I am very happy to know how much you enjoyed dining with us, and thank you for fantastic compliments. We look forward to welcoming you again. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Brooklyn, New York
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly have lunch or dinner at Cafe Boulud and they never disappoint. The menu varies a lot and I am not always completely blown away but I also never had a bad experience. The lunch menus are a steal considering the quality of the food, the service and the location. What I want to focus on here is the... More 

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Thank D-Rhemrev
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your exceptional experience at Bar Pleiades, and for your gracious compliments for Café Boulud. It is wonderful to know how much you enjoy stopping in for drinks or a meal with colleagues and friends, and we look forward to welcoming you again at your next visit. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

New York City, New York
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exquisite service and relaxed ambience without crowding. 3 appetizers, 1 main course, tea, Vodka tonic and 1/2 bottle of New Mexico champagne under $150. Attentiveness of staff and unusual, delicious food a la Boulud, makes this a "steal."

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Thank Bhland1
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your marvelous compliments and review. I am happy you enjoyed dining with us, and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Milan, Italy
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favourite eateries in NYC. The menu is always varied and of great quality. Atmosphere is relaxed though very classy. Somewhere for business or a romantic evening , it does both well.

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Thank sunshinenow66
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

Knowing Café Boulud is one of your favorite restaurants is extremely gratifying, as we hope to be a relaxing oasis, whether you are here for business or pleasure. I thank you for your thoughtful and gracious compliments, and look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Sydney, Australia
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A set lunch here is $39 for two courses and $45 for three. Considering the food, service and atmosphere you should consider this a possible lunchtime destination if you find yourself on the upper East Side. The food and presentation is consistently imaginative in providing an appealing conceptualization of French cuisine. I seriously can't think of an aspect of the... More 

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

I am delighted you had a relaxing and enjoyable lunch here after a morning out, and appreciate your very thoughtful and gracious compliments. Thank you for your marvelous review. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went with friends during Restaurant Week. We had an excellent wine which the sommelier had recommended. The selection for the Restaurant Week was diversified and exceptional. The service was attentive and unintrusive.

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

Dear Neal, I am glad you enjoyed the wine our Sommelier recommended, as well as your meal, when you dined here during Restaurant Week. Your thoughtful compliments for our cuisine and service are appreciated, and I thank you for your wonderful review. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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348 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was slightly disappointed to be offered breakfast menu instead of brunch on Sunday at 10am. The food was very good though. The croissant and pan au chocolat tasted like they were straight from Paris. The pancakes were the thickest but fluffiest I have ever seen!

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

Dear Amy, I am sorry you arrived before our brunch service began and hope you will return soon to enjoy it. However, I am delighted you enjoyed your breakfast, and thank you for your marvelous compliments for our pastries and pancakes. Gratefully, Cherif Mbodji, Café Boulud More 

Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We meet friends every year in mid-December in Manhattan and always dine at Cafe Boulud our first night in the city. The fresh, creative and well prepared dishes are enhanced by the knowledgable, friendly and well trained staff. One of the best in the city.

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

Dear David, What a pleasure it is to have you and your friends dine with us when you visit the City each year. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment of Chef Aaron’s distinctive cuisine, and for your kind compliments for our team’s professional and caring service. We look forward to serving you next December, or anytime in between, and be... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We had the Salmon dish, which was acceptable although there was a spine in it. The squash soup was good, very nicely presented. Breads were clearly not freshly baked and frankly quite tasteless, the olive bread was unsalted and the pumpkin just lacked flavor altogether. The gnocchi were small, and flavorless. The comté ravioli were actually very tasty! For dessert,... More 

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

Dear Frederico, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about the food and service you experienced at Café Boulud. I’m so happy you enjoyed the Squash Soup, Comté Ravioli and desserts – I only wish we could have wowed you from start to finish. I’d love to restore your confidence in the bright flavors of our gnocchi, and the... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Being from Nashville, which is becoming a bit of a foodie city, we were really looking forward to our "date night" here and we were not disappointed in any way. The ambience is understated for a high end place - very tasteful, well designed, not overly crowded, not hectic but with impeccable service that was not disruptive to our conversation...and... More 

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Thank jtt37
TheDinexGroup, General Manager at Cafe Boulud, responded to this review

It gives me great pleasure to know how much you enjoyed your date night here at Café Boulud. Thank you for your enthusiastic and thoughtful compliments for your meal, and entire dining experience. Chef Aaron and I are especially happy the duck breast and Lamb Saddle exceeded your expectations, and hope you will join us again on your next visit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$80
Cuisine
French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:30
Monday
07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:30
Thursday
07:00 - 22:30
Friday
07:00 - 23:00
Saturday
07:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-772-2600
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

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