Cafe Boulud

★★★★☆
  • 20 E 76th St

    New York, NY 10021

    Cross street: Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

    Map & Directions
  • 212-772-2600

About Cafe Boulud

Hours
Tue-Thu 12pm-2:30pm; 5:45pm-10:30pm Fri 12pm-2:30pm; 5:45pm-11pm Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-11pm Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

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The service at Cafe Boulud is almost perfect, If you want to get into details, there are flaws, In the current heat wave, we asked only for ice tea. But, with the refills they did not include new lemon slices. - Pickey - yes. But for a

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★★★★★

The service at Cafe Boulud is almost perfect, If you want to get into details, there are flaws, In the current heat wave, we asked only for ice tea. But, with the refills they did not include new lemon slices. - Pickey - yes. But for a

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Behind the Burner. com has a great video about the chef at Cafe' Boulud

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★★★★☆

Behind the Burner. com has a great video about the chef at Cafe' Boulud

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As you might expect, the menu is terrific (though certainly not cheap) at Mr. Boulud's popular "downscale" concept restaurant. More surprising is the ability of the kitchen to deliver the goods with consistent reliability despite the pressures of its often full house. Equally impressive is the graciousness and attentiveness of the front of house staff -- though decidedly a "hot spot" there is little "attitude" here.

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★★★★☆

As you might expect, the menu is terrific (though certainly not cheap) at Mr. Boulud's popular "downscale" concept restaurant. More surprising is the ability of the kitchen to deliver the goods with consistent reliability despite the pressures of its often full house. Equally impressive is the graciousness and attentiveness of the front of house staff -- though decidedly a "hot spot" there is little "attitude" here.

Pros: Great menu and execution

Cons: Can be very busy and noisy

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If you are in a rush and not hungry then this is the place for you! I had lunch here and ordered ravioli as the main course. What I was served was ONE ravioli, total. Seriously! Oh and if you are looking to fill up on their dessert, think again! I ordered the chocolate cake and I use the word "cake" loosely. What I was served was mmmmmmm imagine a chocolate mini muffin and then imagine it cut in half. That was the size of it. Oh I almost forgot, I also got a tablespoon of ice cream. The waiters were attentive but we felt hurried. So if you plan on coming here to eat then you better plan to grab a bite after your time here because you're going to be hungry. In conclusion: If you think you might enjoy eating a 3 course meal here in 6 bites then this is the place for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you are in a rush and not hungry then this is the place for you! I had lunch here and ordered ravioli as the main course. What I was served was ONE ravioli, total. Seriously! Oh and if you are looking to fill up on their dessert, think again! I ordered the chocolate cake and I use the word "cake" loosely. What I was served was mmmmmmm imagine a chocolate mini muffin and then imagine it cut in half. That was the size of it. Oh I almost forgot, I also got a tablespoon of ice cream. The waiters were attentive but we felt hurried. So if you plan on coming here to eat then you better plan to grab a bite after your time here because you're going to be hungry. In conclusion: If you think you might enjoy eating a 3 course meal here in 6 bites then this is the place for you.

Pros: attentive waiters

Cons: portions are so small that they are insulting!

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We very much enjoyed our meal @ this restaurant. The atmosphere was warm & inviting & would be fine for children. The food is fabulous & the wait staff do not hover. the menu offers something for about everyone's tastes.

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★★★★★

We very much enjoyed our meal @ this restaurant. The atmosphere was warm & inviting & would be fine for children. The food is fabulous & the wait staff do not hover. the menu offers something for about everyone's tastes.

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Absolutely stunning. I had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Boulud recently with a group of friends. The food was amazing. I enjoyed the vermont chicken it was very tasty and cooked to perfection.

The wine list is very extensive they have an excellent selection of reds. For dessert I gave the poached figs a try - they were delicious.

All around I give Cafe Boulud an A+ and i highly recommend giving checking it out when you are on the upper east side. This is certainly one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

Make reservations in advance to secure good seating.

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★★★★★

Absolutely stunning. I had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Boulud recently with a group of friends. The food was amazing. I enjoyed the vermont chicken it was very tasty and cooked to perfection.

The wine list is very extensive they have an excellent selection of reds. For dessert I gave the poached figs a try - they were delicious.

All around I give Cafe Boulud an A+ and i highly recommend giving checking it out when you are on the upper east side. This is certainly one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

Make reservations in advance to secure good seating.

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Everything was amazing. I was taken here with my friends for a birthday dinner and we each had different dishes and couldn't stop raving. The kicker might have been the price, but for a splurge this is a great place.

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★★★★☆

Everything was amazing. I was taken here with my friends for a birthday dinner and we each had different dishes and couldn't stop raving. The kicker might have been the price, but for a splurge this is a great place.

Pros: food,ambiance

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Arrived this past Saturday (5-10) with my wife to a busy and energetic dining room. I have lived in New York for about 6 years and been to Cafe Boulud once before and I love it then...so now how was it with the new Chef and new team....amazing. The experience from start top finish was not only what I was hoping for but it was what was delivered. The front of the house took care of us in a way that made us feel like we were the only ones there. I would highly recommend this restaurant, it is also fun to people watch being on the UES and all! We will be back soon.

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★★★★★

Arrived this past Saturday (5-10) with my wife to a busy and energetic dining room. I have lived in New York for about 6 years and been to Cafe Boulud once before and I love it then...so now how was it with the new Chef and new team....amazing. The experience from start top finish was not only what I was hoping for but it was what was delivered. The front of the house took care of us in a way that made us feel like we were the only ones there. I would highly recommend this restaurant, it is also fun to people watch being on the UES and all! We will be back soon.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Hard to get reservation

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One lacks the words to illustrate the concept of "rip-off" when referring to this restaurant.

Sunday evening afforded us a good reservation slot. The atmosphere was extremely stuffy, but not unexpected. The service was polite and formal. We chose the biscuits and gravy appetizer with Foie Gras, truffles, etc. It was good, not much too it, but good.

We ordered the roasted rib eye. It came with Pomme Port Neuf, ie French fries. The steak was OK at first but the more I soaked up the Bordelaise sauce, the madder I got. This was not the Bordelaise sauce I loved so much in the past. Then, I came upon a large piece of gristle. My wife turned with a sly grin and said, "How's the steak?" At that point, I realized it wasn't that great at all. In fact, for $55, it sucked! And come to think of it, for $20, the supped up Egg McMuffin sucked as well! At that point, we both just laughed at our foolishness. How silly we were to think that a meal for, at that point $275, would taste three times better than an ordinary night out. I just shook my head. What a great lesson learned. We didn't order dessert and left as quick as we could.

This place is like a white on white painting in the Museum of Modern Art - just stupid and a great way for Daniel to separate money from the rich and naive. Someone should tell this emperor he has no clothes but I suspect that won't happen.

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★☆☆☆☆

One lacks the words to illustrate the concept of "rip-off" when referring to this restaurant.

Sunday evening afforded us a good reservation slot. The atmosphere was extremely stuffy, but not unexpected. The service was polite and formal. We chose the biscuits and gravy appetizer with Foie Gras, truffles, etc. It was good, not much too it, but good.

We ordered the roasted rib eye. It came with Pomme Port Neuf, ie French fries. The steak was OK at first but the more I soaked up the Bordelaise sauce, the madder I got. This was not the Bordelaise sauce I loved so much in the past. Then, I came upon a large piece of gristle. My wife turned with a sly grin and said, "How's the steak?" At that point, I realized it wasn't that great at all. In fact, for $55, it sucked! And come to think of it, for $20, the supped up Egg McMuffin sucked as well! At that point, we both just laughed at our foolishness. How silly we were to think that a meal for, at that point $275, would taste three times better than an ordinary night out. I just shook my head. What a great lesson learned. We didn't order dessert and left as quick as we could.

This place is like a white on white painting in the Museum of Modern Art - just stupid and a great way for Daniel to separate money from the rich and naive. Someone should tell this emperor he has no clothes but I suspect that won't happen.

Pros: Elegant

Cons: Small servings, tasteless and unbelievably overpriced

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We made a reservation three days before and were only able to get 8:45PM as the earliest time slot available. We were right on time and table was quickly available, which was good. However, our table was next to the walk way leading into the kitchen, so there were people walking by the entire time, which somewhat ruined the romantic atmosphere and beautiful decor as we noticed when we first walked in. The food was okay, but nothing like ?WOW!!?, overpriced for sure, presentation was beautiful though. Our servers were polite and nice.

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★★★☆☆

We made a reservation three days before and were only able to get 8:45PM as the earliest time slot available. We were right on time and table was quickly available, which was good. However, our table was next to the walk way leading into the kitchen, so there were people walking by the entire time, which somewhat ruined the romantic atmosphere and beautiful decor as we noticed when we first walked in. The food was okay, but nothing like ?WOW!!?, overpriced for sure, presentation was beautiful though. Our servers were polite and nice.

Pros: Beautiful decor, romantic, good service

Cons: over priced, food average

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From the moment I walked in the door I had the sense that this was not going to be the restaurant for me. I was with a small group (3) one of whom was about 10 minutes late arriving. The waiter rudely asked when did we expect our party. He then went on to tell us that our table would be required for the next seating. I didn't realize at these prices we were on a cruise ship! Keep in mind there were a number of empty tables around us. Our bill was brought to us three times without our request. Another cup of coffee at the end of the meal too much to ask for? I struggled to find something appealing to my palate on the menu. I had a mixed green salad - too much balsamic vinegar. Nothing special - and believe me I have had excellent simple salads around the world. I also had the mushroom risotto. I've had better for 1/3 the price. The wine was wonderful but that didn't make up for the poor , almost condescending attitudes and average food. There are too many other wonderful four star restaurants in Manhattan to waste your time and money on this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

From the moment I walked in the door I had the sense that this was not going to be the restaurant for me. I was with a small group (3) one of whom was about 10 minutes late arriving. The waiter rudely asked when did we expect our party. He then went on to tell us that our table would be required for the next seating. I didn't realize at these prices we were on a cruise ship! Keep in mind there were a number of empty tables around us. Our bill was brought to us three times without our request. Another cup of coffee at the end of the meal too much to ask for? I struggled to find something appealing to my palate on the menu. I had a mixed green salad - too much balsamic vinegar. Nothing special - and believe me I have had excellent simple salads around the world. I also had the mushroom risotto. I've had better for 1/3 the price. The wine was wonderful but that didn't make up for the poor , almost condescending attitudes and average food. There are too many other wonderful four star restaurants in Manhattan to waste your time and money on this one.

Pros: Wine List

Cons: Condescending Staff

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After I read the review of this restaurant here we decided to check out this place as my wife wanted to have French food for lunch. We like to eat well and good food. We eat out usually 10-12 times per week. We like to explore new places. We equally like "cheap" tiny restaurant and expensive fancy ones. The only thing what counts for us is the taste of the food, the service and the atmosphere. I'm not native English, so sorry for my grammar.

We went to this place for lunch on a Saturday. On thing we have noticed right away that this place is not our age group. We are in our 30s, but the restaurant more seemed like a place for elderly people. So we felt a bit as outsiders with our age group. Due to the older crowd, the place was not noise, which is good.

The staff is well-trained and kind. A nuance might be that we had to wait a little bit before they made our drinks order. But generally for the staff I would give 5 stars.

We get a complimentary something as a starter bite, but it was horrible. I took a salmon appetizer, my wife something liver. Both was good. For first course I took a steak, which I liked a lot. The food in general was good, tasty, but nothing extraordinary. Don't expect your mouth to have a flavor explosion. I have paid something like 140 or 160 bucks with tips.

As I'm not being an American I have appreciated the size of the dishes. It's just correct size, something you only get in a French restaurant or in Europe. You have to eat full menu to feel okay. With all this said this place won't cause you extra calories for sure. If you are a lover of big American size meals, this is not your place.

Generally recommended, but I don't think that we will re-visit this place in the close future. There are so many great places to explore in NYC.

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★★★★☆

After I read the review of this restaurant here we decided to check out this place as my wife wanted to have French food for lunch. We like to eat well and good food. We eat out usually 10-12 times per week. We like to explore new places. We equally like "cheap" tiny restaurant and expensive fancy ones. The only thing what counts for us is the taste of the food, the service and the atmosphere. I'm not native English, so sorry for my grammar.

We went to this place for lunch on a Saturday. On thing we have noticed right away that this place is not our age group. We are in our 30s, but the restaurant more seemed like a place for elderly people. So we felt a bit as outsiders with our age group. Due to the older crowd, the place was not noise, which is good.

The staff is well-trained and kind. A nuance might be that we had to wait a little bit before they made our drinks order. But generally for the staff I would give 5 stars.

We get a complimentary something as a starter bite, but it was horrible. I took a salmon appetizer, my wife something liver. Both was good. For first course I took a steak, which I liked a lot. The food in general was good, tasty, but nothing extraordinary. Don't expect your mouth to have a flavor explosion. I have paid something like 140 or 160 bucks with tips.

As I'm not being an American I have appreciated the size of the dishes. It's just correct size, something you only get in a French restaurant or in Europe. You have to eat full menu to feel okay. With all this said this place won't cause you extra calories for sure. If you are a lover of big American size meals, this is not your place.

Generally recommended, but I don't think that we will re-visit this place in the close future. There are so many great places to explore in NYC.

Pros: friendly staff - good service, right size of portions, good flavour

Cons: ambiance

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Inspired by Chef Boulud's fame as a chef, went there on a Saturday evening for a romantic dinner. I thought that the reviews trumped up the place undeservedly. It was cramped, loud, with tables placed too close to each other. The service was attentive and yet not intrusive, we got good advice on the wine (although I did get my purse knocked off the chair by the waiting staff a couple of times). The food, on the other hand, was not as great as I thought it would be. Too pretentious to discern the primary ingredients, great halibut completely overpowered by middle-eastern spices, overcooked Atlantic sole, tuna tartar (very nicely done) next to what was grandly termed fava bean salad but was really a sequence of five (5!!!!) fava beans coated in green tastless oily dressing. Decent but not great by any stretch; definitely not a place to which we will return soon for a refined dining experience.

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★★★☆☆

Inspired by Chef Boulud's fame as a chef, went there on a Saturday evening for a romantic dinner. I thought that the reviews trumped up the place undeservedly. It was cramped, loud, with tables placed too close to each other. The service was attentive and yet not intrusive, we got good advice on the wine (although I did get my purse knocked off the chair by the waiting staff a couple of times). The food, on the other hand, was not as great as I thought it would be. Too pretentious to discern the primary ingredients, great halibut completely overpowered by middle-eastern spices, overcooked Atlantic sole, tuna tartar (very nicely done) next to what was grandly termed fava bean salad but was really a sequence of five (5!!!!) fava beans coated in green tastless oily dressing. Decent but not great by any stretch; definitely not a place to which we will return soon for a refined dining experience.

Pros: Service, Wine List

Cons: Food does not match the reputation

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Went there for a friend's birthday--the service was fantastic, very attentive waiter, and the staff was pleasant. Nice adult crowd--no screaming children, which was wonderful. The food was PHENOMENAL. My friend really enjoyed the chilled carrot soup, I had the beet salad which was delicious. My main course was the Lemon Ricotta Ravioli--unbelievable, and my friend has the Monkfish--which she raved about. Dessert to top off our fantastic meal--a chocolate cake to die for! WIne selections that the waiter suggested went perfect with our top-notch meal. We had an early reservation, 6:15, and were promptly seated, but what I did notice was as the evening progressed it got much louder and rather crowded--we were there for a couple of hours. But other than this, it was a fantastic evening, and I plan on returning very soon with my husband, and am looking forward to trying the other Jean Georges restaurants in the city, like Nougatine and JoJos.

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★★★★★

Went there for a friend's birthday--the service was fantastic, very attentive waiter, and the staff was pleasant. Nice adult crowd--no screaming children, which was wonderful. The food was PHENOMENAL. My friend really enjoyed the chilled carrot soup, I had the beet salad which was delicious. My main course was the Lemon Ricotta Ravioli--unbelievable, and my friend has the Monkfish--which she raved about. Dessert to top off our fantastic meal--a chocolate cake to die for! WIne selections that the waiter suggested went perfect with our top-notch meal. We had an early reservation, 6:15, and were promptly seated, but what I did notice was as the evening progressed it got much louder and rather crowded--we were there for a couple of hours. But other than this, it was a fantastic evening, and I plan on returning very soon with my husband, and am looking forward to trying the other Jean Georges restaurants in the city, like Nougatine and JoJos.

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Just got back from a restaurant wk lunch and had a fabulous meal. I have to admit I was a little on the skeptical side before going as I am for all restaurants for Rest. Wk. bc a lot of places tend to skimp on their offerings, i.e. a soup or salad, and a pasta or roasted chicken, blah, boring. I was happy to be proved wrong by Cafe Boulud.

Appetizer choices:
Chilled pea soup
Duck terrine
Heirloom tomato salad

Entree choices:
Beef Ravioli
Diver Sea Scallops w/ sweet corn (3)
Cornish Hen

Sorry I couldn?t remember details but I had the duck terrine, Cornish hen, and a blueberry dessert which all tasted delicious. I also tried my friends scallops which was really good, I would go back just for that. I will admit, I am still a little hungry but that?s just bc I am a greedy pig and I didn?t expect large portions bc of Rest. Week anyway. Lastly I would like to point out that the service was very courteous as well.

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★★★★★

Just got back from a restaurant wk lunch and had a fabulous meal. I have to admit I was a little on the skeptical side before going as I am for all restaurants for Rest. Wk. bc a lot of places tend to skimp on their offerings, i.e. a soup or salad, and a pasta or roasted chicken, blah, boring. I was happy to be proved wrong by Cafe Boulud.

Appetizer choices:
Chilled pea soup
Duck terrine
Heirloom tomato salad

Entree choices:
Beef Ravioli
Diver Sea Scallops w/ sweet corn (3)
Cornish Hen

Sorry I couldn?t remember details but I had the duck terrine, Cornish hen, and a blueberry dessert which all tasted delicious. I also tried my friends scallops which was really good, I would go back just for that. I will admit, I am still a little hungry but that?s just bc I am a greedy pig and I didn?t expect large portions bc of Rest. Week anyway. Lastly I would like to point out that the service was very courteous as well.

Pros: food, service

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My co-workers and I ate there for lunch and it was absolutely delicious!

THE SERVICE was impeccable and very very attentive!

I am a bit surprised on reading the review below mine because the staff were very friendly and not rude or snobbish at all!

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★★★★★

My co-workers and I ate there for lunch and it was absolutely delicious!

THE SERVICE was impeccable and very very attentive!

I am a bit surprised on reading the review below mine because the staff were very friendly and not rude or snobbish at all!

Pros: Service, Food, and Ambience

Cons: Wish it was closer to me in the city!

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I and one of my friends went there for lunch. We ordered two main dishes and drinks because we were not much hungry. However the waitress who served our table kept to push us to order more dish but we declined because we did not need more food. Then she confirmed our order with very loud and aggressive voice that could be heard to all of people there. What was wrong with us? We did not order only one dish to share and even I explained her that I am not starved, it was unnecessary, though. The total of our order was around $106. Of course she never came over us and she skipped to ask how food was. Obviously she was totally out of the normal attitude and the expected service from a sort of upscale restaurants. I would never come caf'e bouloud ever. Food was fine but was average, nothing special but only special thing was the rude waitress being never match to very expensive place.

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★★☆☆☆

I and one of my friends went there for lunch. We ordered two main dishes and drinks because we were not much hungry. However the waitress who served our table kept to push us to order more dish but we declined because we did not need more food. Then she confirmed our order with very loud and aggressive voice that could be heard to all of people there. What was wrong with us? We did not order only one dish to share and even I explained her that I am not starved, it was unnecessary, though. The total of our order was around $106. Of course she never came over us and she skipped to ask how food was. Obviously she was totally out of the normal attitude and the expected service from a sort of upscale restaurants. I would never come caf'e bouloud ever. Food was fine but was average, nothing special but only special thing was the rude waitress being never match to very expensive place.

Pros: Average French Dishes

Cons: Very unfriendly and Rude waitress

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Excellent all the way around with perfect service, exemplary menu and exceptional wine lists/ sommelier.

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★★★★★

Excellent all the way around with perfect service, exemplary menu and exceptional wine lists/ sommelier.

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Fantastic, real pleasure, great menu, its not stuffy yet the food is a delight. You can't go wrong.

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★★★★★

Fantastic, real pleasure, great menu, its not stuffy yet the food is a delight. You can't go wrong.

Pros: food, menu, not stuffy

Cons: none

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Based on the reviews and recommendations, we went for dinner and had the tasting menu. One course after another of totally average food was served. We sent one course back to the kitchen for being inedible! The wine pairings went well, but the wine itself had the same average quality. Boloud was compared to Thomas Keller's Bouchon (his "cafe" version of the French Laundry). We have been to both and very high hopes, only to have them dashed. The upside was that the staff was Fabulous!!! Courteous, funny, gracious, attentive, and when we sent back the foul fish, they could not have bent over backwards more to see that we were happy. We have a pretty positive attitude so we still had a wonderful time and I think the staff were overly helpful since we were not snotty about it, but for $500, it was totally not worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Based on the reviews and recommendations, we went for dinner and had the tasting menu. One course after another of totally average food was served. We sent one course back to the kitchen for being inedible! The wine pairings went well, but the wine itself had the same average quality. Boloud was compared to Thomas Keller's Bouchon (his "cafe" version of the French Laundry). We have been to both and very high hopes, only to have them dashed. The upside was that the staff was Fabulous!!! Courteous, funny, gracious, attentive, and when we sent back the foul fish, they could not have bent over backwards more to see that we were happy. We have a pretty positive attitude so we still had a wonderful time and I think the staff were overly helpful since we were not snotty about it, but for $500, it was totally not worth it.

Pros: Excellent Staff

Cons: Bad Food, Expensive for quality

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In terms of upscale dining, this is my favorite place in NYC. Although this restaurant is not top of most published lists for fine dining, it has the best combination of food, setting and price for what it offers. The food here is always excellent. The menu always changes. On one occasion I had the chicken, another occasion I had a frisee salad. Both were delicious and perfectly executed. The atmosphere is elegant but not stifling. Some people say it's noisy but I haven't experienced that myself. It is on the pricier end of things but it is definitely not exorbitant, you pay for what you get.

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★★★★★

In terms of upscale dining, this is my favorite place in NYC. Although this restaurant is not top of most published lists for fine dining, it has the best combination of food, setting and price for what it offers. The food here is always excellent. The menu always changes. On one occasion I had the chicken, another occasion I had a frisee salad. Both were delicious and perfectly executed. The atmosphere is elegant but not stifling. Some people say it's noisy but I haven't experienced that myself. It is on the pricier end of things but it is definitely not exorbitant, you pay for what you get.

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Simply fabulous! What more can I say? Attentive, warm, sophisticated service. Some of the most delicious food I've ever eaten. Get over the older crowd and go!!!

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★★★★★

Simply fabulous! What more can I say? Attentive, warm, sophisticated service. Some of the most delicious food I've ever eaten. Get over the older crowd and go!!!

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Excellent food and good service. Although they describe the place as a "casual to dressy" one, most men were in jackets (and some even in ties), hence, I recommend that when dining in this fabulous restaurant, lean towards the dressy side. My overall experience in this place was great, and I will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Excellent food and good service. Although they describe the place as a "casual to dressy" one, most men were in jackets (and some even in ties), hence, I recommend that when dining in this fabulous restaurant, lean towards the dressy side. My overall experience in this place was great, and I will definitely be back.

Pros: Good ambience, Service, Value for money.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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I had an entirely average experience at this often touted restaurant. If you can stomach eating dinner with a bevy of upper east side patriarchs and matrons then you should be ok. The decor and ambiance is lackluster which to me often means the food is the star, as it was (but no longer is) at the Tasting Room three or four years ago, however, the food was just alright in my opinion. The salmon tartar bordered on flavorless, the terrine de fois gras was exquisite but I owe that more to the goose's diet than the chefs skill. The rabbit tasting was quite good, however, the smoked duck merely adequate. I expected to be amazed considering Daniel's reputation, but unfortunately, it was as dimensionless as the clientele. Service was a bit on the spotty side too. We were offered coffee between the amuse guele and the appetizer course. Hmmm....

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★★★☆☆

I had an entirely average experience at this often touted restaurant. If you can stomach eating dinner with a bevy of upper east side patriarchs and matrons then you should be ok. The decor and ambiance is lackluster which to me often means the food is the star, as it was (but no longer is) at the Tasting Room three or four years ago, however, the food was just alright in my opinion. The salmon tartar bordered on flavorless, the terrine de fois gras was exquisite but I owe that more to the goose's diet than the chefs skill. The rabbit tasting was quite good, however, the smoked duck merely adequate. I expected to be amazed considering Daniel's reputation, but unfortunately, it was as dimensionless as the clientele. Service was a bit on the spotty side too. We were offered coffee between the amuse guele and the appetizer course. Hmmm....

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Usually these are the places that you either love or hate - great food, over priced, rude service, nice space, etc. I was surprised at my reaction - I neither loved nor hated it. Maybe it is that UES is overun with French fare and it has worn thin. The service was bad, however. It was hot and we were sitting outside so I wanted a cool bottle of white wine. When I ordered it the waiter SNEERED! As if it was the wrong moment in my ordering process to ask for the wine. Food was typical very rich French fare that made you want to go to bed.

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★★★☆☆

Usually these are the places that you either love or hate - great food, over priced, rude service, nice space, etc. I was surprised at my reaction - I neither loved nor hated it. Maybe it is that UES is overun with French fare and it has worn thin. The service was bad, however. It was hot and we were sitting outside so I wanted a cool bottle of white wine. When I ordered it the waiter SNEERED! As if it was the wrong moment in my ordering process to ask for the wine. Food was typical very rich French fare that made you want to go to bed.

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: cant think of any

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This place is top shelf - every detail of service, every morsel of food, every drop of wine, was first rate. It is expensive, yes, but worth it - it is refined yet not stuffy in the least. (Not that I would recommend this, but there was even a couple wearing jeans at dinner.) You will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

This place is top shelf - every detail of service, every morsel of food, every drop of wine, was first rate. It is expensive, yes, but worth it - it is refined yet not stuffy in the least. (Not that I would recommend this, but there was even a couple wearing jeans at dinner.) You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Service, Food

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I've enjoyed all NYC's best restaurants (a number of times). If you allow the chef to let loose here and bring whatever he chooses, along with the well-paired wines, you will be well-satisfied. The many pleasures of fine dining don't get any better than this. . . and without pretense or prissiness, too!

My thanks to all the staff at Cafe Boulud.

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★★★★★

I've enjoyed all NYC's best restaurants (a number of times). If you allow the chef to let loose here and bring whatever he chooses, along with the well-paired wines, you will be well-satisfied. The many pleasures of fine dining don't get any better than this. . . and without pretense or prissiness, too!

My thanks to all the staff at Cafe Boulud.

Pros: Haute Cuisine, Relaxed Atmosphere, Spot-On Service

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From the moment we sat down, the evening flowed, as a barge down the Seine. Our server was informative and led us through the menu, catering to our tastes. All four of us loved every morsel--appetizers and main courses. The scallops were spectacular, mushroom soup divine ... can't say enough. Worth every penny (and there were many). Will go back when I am next in NY. I wish LA had a Cafe Boulud West!

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★★★★★

From the moment we sat down, the evening flowed, as a barge down the Seine. Our server was informative and led us through the menu, catering to our tastes. All four of us loved every morsel--appetizers and main courses. The scallops were spectacular, mushroom soup divine ... can't say enough. Worth every penny (and there were many). Will go back when I am next in NY. I wish LA had a Cafe Boulud West!

Pros: service, food, wine list

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We dined there for our anniversary and every thing was perfect. The food was great, the service was nice and we loved the coziness of the place. We also loved the bread that make in the house. I would go back just for that yummy bread. we will not forget this place.

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★★★★★

We dined there for our anniversary and every thing was perfect. The food was great, the service was nice and we loved the coziness of the place. We also loved the bread that make in the house. I would go back just for that yummy bread. we will not forget this place.

Pros: food, service, coziness

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Until you try Cafe Boulud, you can only imagine how incredible the food can taste. Don't take anyone's word for it, just go and try for yourself.
The service was so good we felt like royalty yet in no way was it intrusive. We took our 4 year old daughter who is well behaved. Not only did they welcome her, they prepared a special chicken and mushroom entree for her.
I think Cafe Boulud is the best venue to experience the cuisine of Daniel Boulud.

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★★★★★

Until you try Cafe Boulud, you can only imagine how incredible the food can taste. Don't take anyone's word for it, just go and try for yourself.
The service was so good we felt like royalty yet in no way was it intrusive. We took our 4 year old daughter who is well behaved. Not only did they welcome her, they prepared a special chicken and mushroom entree for her.
I think Cafe Boulud is the best venue to experience the cuisine of Daniel Boulud.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmoshpere

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Cafe Boulud and Daniel are both exquisite restaurants (I have not been to Chef Daniel Boulud's Bistro yet). Cafe Boulud is more laid back with a modern edge, stark, but both cost about the same. We did the tasting menu, which is by far the best way to experience this food. The chef chooses what you will taste, but you can pick what you really don't want from the menu, or what you're dying to try. You can also have the server choose the wine for each course...looong pours, so opt for the 1/2 glasses. Our server also wrote out for us what each wine was. The website is great.

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★★★★★

Cafe Boulud and Daniel are both exquisite restaurants (I have not been to Chef Daniel Boulud's Bistro yet). Cafe Boulud is more laid back with a modern edge, stark, but both cost about the same. We did the tasting menu, which is by far the best way to experience this food. The chef chooses what you will taste, but you can pick what you really don't want from the menu, or what you're dying to try. You can also have the server choose the wine for each course...looong pours, so opt for the 1/2 glasses. Our server also wrote out for us what each wine was. The website is great.

Pros: food and wine, service

Cons: expensive

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My wife and I spent 4 wonderful nights in NYC and while there we always indulge in the best cuisine the town has to offer. We do this on most of our trips and it is always a please in NYC. Cafe Boulud was definitely the best restaurant out of the four we dined at for dinner. The service was amazing, like watching a well choreographed dance. The food was perfect. They started us off with a tasting of a caviar dish (on the house) and then at the end after we had already finished dessert, they kept bringing different kinds of chocolates and puff pastries. We will be back!!

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★★★★★

My wife and I spent 4 wonderful nights in NYC and while there we always indulge in the best cuisine the town has to offer. We do this on most of our trips and it is always a please in NYC. Cafe Boulud was definitely the best restaurant out of the four we dined at for dinner. The service was amazing, like watching a well choreographed dance. The food was perfect. They started us off with a tasting of a caviar dish (on the house) and then at the end after we had already finished dessert, they kept bringing different kinds of chocolates and puff pastries. We will be back!!

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The beautiful decor is the frst bright spot of Cafe Boulud. I went ther for my fiancee birthday. They promptly seated us even though they had lost our reservation. I had the chilled seafood for an appetizer. It wqas OK. However the entree, sweet corn raviolli was absolutely great. A unique dish. For dessert we had the chocolate rasberry tarte and chocolate bombe. They actually gave a free chocolate souffle for her B-day. Definately a great experience. Also great $40 wine!!

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★★★★☆

The beautiful decor is the frst bright spot of Cafe Boulud. I went ther for my fiancee birthday. They promptly seated us even though they had lost our reservation. I had the chilled seafood for an appetizer. It wqas OK. However the entree, sweet corn raviolli was absolutely great. A unique dish. For dessert we had the chocolate rasberry tarte and chocolate bombe. They actually gave a free chocolate souffle for her B-day. Definately a great experience. Also great $40 wine!!

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Having read chef Boulud's books, I came with admiration on the New York restaurant week as a try out. At first glance, the space is very unimpressive, but I was there for food anyway... Well, I was stunned with the terrifying service, and bland food. The meal just kept going down hill as the courses progressed... And I was even more shocked that the second I put down my fork on the dessert place, one busboy right away grabbed my plate away, another busboy threw the check at the table right after... for a moment, I thought I was in China Town, but I can even say, I was treated in a much friendlier way in CT. I am really a very fair person, and dont like to complain basically, but I felt so mistreated that this is the first time I have the need to write about a restaurant...

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★☆☆☆☆

Having read chef Boulud's books, I came with admiration on the New York restaurant week as a try out. At first glance, the space is very unimpressive, but I was there for food anyway... Well, I was stunned with the terrifying service, and bland food. The meal just kept going down hill as the courses progressed... And I was even more shocked that the second I put down my fork on the dessert place, one busboy right away grabbed my plate away, another busboy threw the check at the table right after... for a moment, I thought I was in China Town, but I can even say, I was treated in a much friendlier way in CT. I am really a very fair person, and dont like to complain basically, but I felt so mistreated that this is the first time I have the need to write about a restaurant...

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Went there twice for brunch. And both times I enjoyed it very much. Service was great, no rush. Everything was great to the last drop. It a must experience for yourself. Try it in the summer when they are on for restaurant week. At $20.00 a head, you will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Went there twice for brunch. And both times I enjoyed it very much. Service was great, no rush. Everything was great to the last drop. It a must experience for yourself. Try it in the summer when they are on for restaurant week. At $20.00 a head, you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Older crowd

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Our waitress take our order and brought after my husband request the wine list,. That was the last time we would see her or a captain. A busboy who propose bread he could not name served me from my right with is arm brushing my nose, and no excuse.
After our complaint to the Maitre d' we asked for a green tea, the busboy served us a Darjeeling, we gave up, in the middle or sipping or tea, a waiter brought a new tea service saying we vould like this better after my husband asked wich tea we where served the waiter staded Assam, altrought this time the tea was a green tea, all very disconcerting.
My husband gave his card to the Maitre d' giving him the possibility to call to apologize, this never came.
I hope Daniel Boulud change the way is staff receives is guest

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★★★☆☆

Our waitress take our order and brought after my husband request the wine list,. That was the last time we would see her or a captain. A busboy who propose bread he could not name served me from my right with is arm brushing my nose, and no excuse.
After our complaint to the Maitre d' we asked for a green tea, the busboy served us a Darjeeling, we gave up, in the middle or sipping or tea, a waiter brought a new tea service saying we vould like this better after my husband asked wich tea we where served the waiter staded Assam, altrought this time the tea was a green tea, all very disconcerting.
My husband gave his card to the Maitre d' giving him the possibility to call to apologize, this never came.
I hope Daniel Boulud change the way is staff receives is guest

Pros: good food, good ambiance, goof wine list

Cons: lousy wait staff, incompetant captain, incompetant busser

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As a person who frequents the finest restaurants in the world, the service at Cafe Boulud was absolutely deplorable. I have never been to an establishment that boasts traditional French service that basically throws food at you; waiters not only reach across the table but drip wine and water all over their diners. Daniel should really take more care in staffing if he expects to charge those prices. The experience left a more than a few things to be desired

1
★★★☆☆

As a person who frequents the finest restaurants in the world, the service at Cafe Boulud was absolutely deplorable. I have never been to an establishment that boasts traditional French service that basically throws food at you; waiters not only reach across the table but drip wine and water all over their diners. Daniel should really take more care in staffing if he expects to charge those prices. The experience left a more than a few things to be desired

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The service and food were perfect. A truly exceptional meal.

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★★★★★

The service and food were perfect. A truly exceptional meal.

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I've been two both Daniels and DB and loved it!! The food was great and the service excellent. That wasnt the case with Cafe Boulud! The restaurant was less than impressive and the staff not very considerate. When I expressed my dissatisfaction with the manager he was less than sympathetic and helpful. I do not recommend this restaurant, if you wish to try Chef Bouluds great food, skip this place and go to his other two. I certainly won't be returning to Care Boulud....

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been two both Daniels and DB and loved it!! The food was great and the service excellent. That wasnt the case with Cafe Boulud! The restaurant was less than impressive and the staff not very considerate. When I expressed my dissatisfaction with the manager he was less than sympathetic and helpful. I do not recommend this restaurant, if you wish to try Chef Bouluds great food, skip this place and go to his other two. I certainly won't be returning to Care Boulud....

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For a relatively casual atmosphere, I found the restaurant week menu quite good. Portions were small but the salmon had a very rich tasting sauce. Service was courteous and they gave us 2 small samplings of other dishes. Dessert was out of this world! I would go back ONLY if they had another Restaurant Week.

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★★★★★

For a relatively casual atmosphere, I found the restaurant week menu quite good. Portions were small but the salmon had a very rich tasting sauce. Service was courteous and they gave us 2 small samplings of other dishes. Dessert was out of this world! I would go back ONLY if they had another Restaurant Week.

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Since this is a French restaurant at heart, I would suggest sticking to French dishes (and French inspired dishes) on the menu. I loved the scallops I got, but my friend's Asian-style cod was devoid of any real flavor. Also, while there is a nice selection of wines by the glass, wines in the bottle quickly exceed $100, so just be aware. Finally, while the restaurant is said to request "causal shic" attire, and there were certainly tourists in plaid shirts and even jeans, the vast majority of men in the restaurant were wearing a jacket and tie.

2
★★★★☆

Since this is a French restaurant at heart, I would suggest sticking to French dishes (and French inspired dishes) on the menu. I loved the scallops I got, but my friend's Asian-style cod was devoid of any real flavor. Also, while there is a nice selection of wines by the glass, wines in the bottle quickly exceed $100, so just be aware. Finally, while the restaurant is said to request "causal shic" attire, and there were certainly tourists in plaid shirts and even jeans, the vast majority of men in the restaurant were wearing a jacket and tie.

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This restaurant is truly amazing! Every experience I have had at this restaurant has been nothing short of fabulous. Even if the items on the menu do not sound like something you would like, give it a try. You won't be disappointed. The service is great, the drinks from the bar are well made and the food is straight from heaven. This is an upscale restaurant and the crown is mostly older, but it is worth the price.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is truly amazing! Every experience I have had at this restaurant has been nothing short of fabulous. Even if the items on the menu do not sound like something you would like, give it a try. You won't be disappointed. The service is great, the drinks from the bar are well made and the food is straight from heaven. This is an upscale restaurant and the crown is mostly older, but it is worth the price.

Pros: Great service, Nice atmosphere, great food

Cons: Expensive

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Puzzling that the Upper East Side, home of so many well heeled connoisseurs,should be so devoid of great restaurants with serious food. Here is one with serious food in an easy going setting. Love Chef Andrew Carmellini's homemade gnocchi. Only thing better thatn the pastry Chef's rocky road ice cream sandwich are his sorbets. last night had white peach and cavaillon melon.

Eat outside on the terrace whn it's warm but no too hot.

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★★★★★

Puzzling that the Upper East Side, home of so many well heeled connoisseurs,should be so devoid of great restaurants with serious food. Here is one with serious food in an easy going setting. Love Chef Andrew Carmellini's homemade gnocchi. Only thing better thatn the pastry Chef's rocky road ice cream sandwich are his sorbets. last night had white peach and cavaillon melon.

Eat outside on the terrace whn it's warm but no too hot.

Pros: great food, intersting menu, great vegetarian dish

Cons: hard to get a table

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i went for lunch, and I will admit that the scene was mostly "ladies who lunch" and some tourists. Its not really a restaurant for a large group. The surroundings are nice and the staff is professional. The food is what really makes this restaurant, I had duck that was so juicy and full of flavor, and an absolutely delicious dessert. They let you linger and enjoy the food, so take advantage of it.

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★★★★☆

i went for lunch, and I will admit that the scene was mostly "ladies who lunch" and some tourists. Its not really a restaurant for a large group. The surroundings are nice and the staff is professional. The food is what really makes this restaurant, I had duck that was so juicy and full of flavor, and an absolutely delicious dessert. They let you linger and enjoy the food, so take advantage of it.

Pros: the food, the prix fix lunch

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Went here for the first time recently and the food definitely met all expectations -- a spectacularly simple calamari salad; steak done to perfection and an understated chocolate and hazelnut treat afterward. Presentation was lovely and service professional, if occasionally a trifle rushed (it was understandably very busy) -- but they never let their hectic pace affect us adversely. A very pleasant experience.

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★★★★★

Went here for the first time recently and the food definitely met all expectations -- a spectacularly simple calamari salad; steak done to perfection and an understated chocolate and hazelnut treat afterward. Presentation was lovely and service professional, if occasionally a trifle rushed (it was understandably very busy) -- but they never let their hectic pace affect us adversely. A very pleasant experience.

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What a fantastic evening! We took my mother to Cafe Boulud to celebrate her 60th b-day. Our group of 7 was treated wonderfully- perfect service, delicious food and the best wine.

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★★★★★

What a fantastic evening! We took my mother to Cafe Boulud to celebrate her 60th b-day. Our group of 7 was treated wonderfully- perfect service, delicious food and the best wine.

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After reading the reviews on City search, I wasn't sure what to expect from this restaurant. However, on a recent visit to NYC, I went ahead and tried Cafe Boulud, and was surprised with their outstanding food and service. The fois gras is to die for, as was the chocolate bombe dessert. My husband and I were felt like we were given special treatment all evening -- and when I asked why, the matre'd said it was our "enthusiasm" they enjoyed! The couple next to us was momentarily unhappy with their service and the waiters fell all over themselves to make it up to them. All and all -- a terrific restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading the reviews on City search, I wasn't sure what to expect from this restaurant. However, on a recent visit to NYC, I went ahead and tried Cafe Boulud, and was surprised with their outstanding food and service. The fois gras is to die for, as was the chocolate bombe dessert. My husband and I were felt like we were given special treatment all evening -- and when I asked why, the matre'd said it was our "enthusiasm" they enjoyed! The couple next to us was momentarily unhappy with their service and the waiters fell all over themselves to make it up to them. All and all -- a terrific restaurant.

 

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