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“Great Food, Great Ambiance---a Quiet Place to Enjoy”
Review of Cafe Boulud

Cafe Boulud
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Ranked #146 of 14,199 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$40 - US$80
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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
Reviewed 6 November 2013

An early indicator about how satisfying a restaurant visit will be is the menu, especially a French restaurant. At some small mom-and-pops in Paris, for example, the menu is just a few choices on a chalkboard, and you have to adapt to that, but its all fantastic. Other places have an extensive menu that seems to border on the absurd, that's almost as long as the wine list.

Cafe Boulud has a nice approach that marries appetizer, main course, dessert in a column representing certain culinary concepts (though you are free to mix and match, which is what we did in one case). There are 'traditional' dishes (venison terrine, coq au vin, short ribs), 'seasonal' dishes (peekytoe crab with orange--which I ordered so I could say "peekytoe" and it was fantastic), duck breast, 'market' dishes (salads, celeryroot/chestnut/truffle dish was fantastic), and then 'global' dishes with French touch like pho soup, sesame tuna, etc. The dishes were designed and prepared so that the flavors were first.

Very good wine list. The coffee was outstanding.

I liked that the tables were separated enough, and the interior was soft enough, that normal dinner conversation was easy. The staff was attentive without being overbearing, and food was hot and well presented.

Overall, I would heartily recommend Cafe Boulud. Its more understated that overstated, which may leave some people disappointed, but I really appreciate it.

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

A Daniel Boulud delight. We had a reservation mix up but the staff were very gracious and we were seated after a reasonable wait time. My wife loves foie gras which is now outlawed in our crazy State of California, and she was so delighted, she had it for an appetizer and dessert. My black truffle risotto was to die for. Will definitely return on our next trip to NYC.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

DECOR; calm, luxe, understated
FOOD - exceptional, lunch and brunch are a la carte and prix fixe. dinner:a la carte
SERVICE - Extraordinary
AMBIANCE - lovely, not pretentious, never noisy,
GO!

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

What can I say, it's all perfectly good and it has a nice ambience but I don't think its worthy of it's profile! With so many great and innovative restaurants in New York and London its simply not worthy of a second visit.

Thank Nick w
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Not as good as Bar Boulud. Unfortunate. We stayed in the adjoining hotel (very good) and ate lunch here on our first day. We didn't return. The food was "o.k." at best.

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