1900 Broadway, New York, NY, 10023
nr. 64th St.
By humbleopine on 2/15/2008
So we went on a snowy, rainy, Tues thinking it would be fairly easy to walk in. It is not made comfortable for ppl waiting, so keep that in mind & make sure to have a back up place if you donÂ’t have a reservation. I do not mind being told that there is a two hour wait, I live in NY. However, I DO mind being told in a snotty, patronizing manner. The only reason I would give this place another chance is because I have had wonderful experiences at Daniel, & Cafe Boulud and found Daniel Boulud to be rather personable to his patrons. In my humble opinion it was a poor decision hiring a snotty hostess, whose bun must be too tight or the chopsticks in her hair have turned off her hospitality 101 button. There are enough wine bars with a warm atmosphere & diverse menus; I donÂ’t need attitude when IÂ’ve worked 12 hours and all I would like is a really nice glass of red with some great charcuterie and/or food. For me, great food is only a component of why I patronize a place.
By mitchmurr on 8/4/2010
First time to any of Boulud's places, thought this would be a good intro. Went around 3PM on a Friday. There were three tables seated outside and no one inside. Nice. We were warmly welcomed and allowed to pick our spot. My wife and I sat next to each other at the deli bar. Ordered three of the Pate's....Chicken/Pork (Fantastic), Beef cheeks (ok) and Lamb (nice). They are a bargain at their prices. Very good bread serving came along. We then had a cheese plate and though the cheeses were tasty & good the portions were pretty tiny. For dessert we split the Petits Fours which was wonderful and enough for the two of us. What gets the tab up there is the wine. One glass of Rose Champagne and a decent red cost us $45 bringing our total to $118 before tip. We would definitely go again, lower our wine needs, order the chicken/pork pate and try something else. Service was very good, never too intrusive and always pleasant.
By Sphe076600 on 1/20/2013
Dined here before a jazz at Lincoln Center concert in Jan, 2013. Service was responsive and down to earth. Check-in at door a bit slow but the receptionist recognized our party and seated us in rear as requested. No pressure put on us to order quickly. Waitress was very willing to select the sampler plate and wine. Entrees were more than adequate for the price but desserts disappointed us.
By suttenbergr on 1/14/2009
The maitre d' was unhelpful, rude and dismissive when we asked for a different table which was offered. (While we were talking to him, he took a phone call and completely ignored us.). (We made reservations about 10 days prior.) There were several empty booths which were being saved by people who had "requested them". His assistant was extremely helpful and nice and finally seated us at a booth. The rest of the staff was also very friendly and attentive, but the maitre d' turned me off to this restaurant.
By douleurexquise on 8/30/2008
I was surprised to see the negative reviews of Bar Boulud! But I went at brunch time, choosing this place to take my boyfriend's mom for a classy birthday brunch. I wasn't in love with the service (hostess a little intimidating and slow food service) but the food itself was very good. I got the herb omelet, while others had the cuisse de canard a lÃ‚Â’oeuf mollet and oeufs florentine . Everything was very delicious. I am SO PICKY about my restaurant experiences and feel bad that I don't agree 100% with everyone else. Maybe I'd have the same experience at dinner? I won't bother to try though and get disappointed.
By brittanycarcova on 8/27/2010
As I write this does my mouth water for the Rainbow Trout I enjoyed last night? No, but I did enjoy it nonetheless. The corn and black olive garnish gave my fish a flavor that was unexpected and it was all cooked to a light crisp that had a nice smoked aftertaste. The accompanying wine list was indeed to my satisfaction, as was a very attentive wait staff. However there is not much about my experience at Bar Boulud that would stand out significantly. Daniel Boulud is renowned for amazing cuisine, but here the food comes second to the excitement of the ambiance: clinking wine glasses, bustling servers and table to table chatter, something that can be experienced in may brasseries around the city.
By clingingchickens on 10/28/2009
Perhaps it was the high expectations coming in that resulted in this mixed rating. We got a last minute reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Friendly staff was helpful though the noise level kept me from hearing anything of the specials and wine recommendations. I recommend the charcuterie (get the country pate and rabbit terrine) and scallop salad which were very enjoyable. The Black and White Tasting of blood sausage and white truffle sausage was a treat as well. The other dishes we ordered were over-portioned and lacking in flavor. Of the six desserts we ordered, the Floating Island is the only one I'd recommend. The wood vault and faux gabions have a nice reference to French rural in contrast to the sidewalk seating grid a la European plaza dining. Wood dining tables without the table cloth is a nice more casual touch as well.
By jenn_brak on 5/3/2009
Unfortunately, we had a poor experience with Bar Boulud last evening. We went for a pre-theater meal with reservations. Though the food was fine and some was even quite good, our service and wait between courses was appaling. We were continually out of water and other beverages. We waited a little over 40 minutes in betweeen our appetizer and second course. Our waiter told us three times that the food was coming right out, and then it would never appear. A table seated right behind us had the same problems, but other tables in our immediate vicinty were seated and had completed their meals by the time our two tables were fed. I was quite disappointed. Though our waiter apologized, not one other person from the restaurant appeared. They did give us a gratis plate of cookies at the end of the meal as an apology. However, by that time curtain was so close, we did not really have time to enjoy them.
By linus809 on 8/13/2008
My wife and I found it amazing that this joint continues to attract a crowd even though critics (see NY Mag review) and customers alike have panned this place. Even the pate was not all that special. Honestly, it wasn't altogether that much different from the packaged pate one might find at Zabars or Fairway. The food and wine were pretty decent overall, both in taste and presentation, but not living up to Boulud's standards. What really detracted from the experience, though, was the ambiance. Granted, my wife and I weren't seated in the best place -- our table was along a high traffic pathway -- but still, the high noise level and boisterousness of the place detracted from what would have been an acceptable (but not overwhelmingly delectable) meal. Perhaps its location and brand name is what keeps this place going. A far, far better and nearby alternative, in both food and ambiance, is Picholine. People, please, if you are going to spend a decent chunk of change on a meal, at least spend it at a place that delivers on taste and surroundings.
By caseycoyle on 2/14/2008
I was really looking forward to trying Bar Boulud so I made a reservation at the supposedly booked tasting table for valentines day. But when we arrived there were only two other couples at the 15 seat tasting table. Regardless we were seated in the busy aisle way near the kitchen. During our dinner my fiance was bummed (hard!) three times by the wait stuff. It was like being on an airplane and being rammed by the drink cart. Totally invasive and distracting. When we told the hostess we were disappointed with our awkward seating and the fact that there was ample seating elsewhere, she was totally nonchalant and unapologetic. For a restaurant of this caliber your money is better spent elsewhere. The best thing about the service was the busing staff.