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Café Boulud

20 E. 76th St., New York, NY, 10021
nr. Madison Ave.
212-772-2600

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

53% would go back.

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Wonderful Saturday Lunch

By Karinista on 1/14/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had the prix fixe lunch; salad, cod, and dessert; and it was wonderful. All the dishes were incredibly flavorful and plentiful. Loved the sunchokes in the salad. The service was sublime. Not sure why people are complaining about French service. Do they expect the waiter to introduce themselves and sell the entrees? Because that, thankfully, doesn't happen. We had a wonderful, leisurely lunch and I was impressed that you could have a conversation without hearing the people seated next to you, so I am also flummoxed by comments about having the tables so tight. Really fine meal and ambiance.

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55 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

A Medley of Sensational Tastes

By vreview on 9/26/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I don't usually write reviews, but after deciding to visit this establishment, even though there were quite a number of negative reviews, I decided to do so. We wanted to spend our anniversary somewhere special and this was one of our choices. We had made a reservation and asked for a bench seat and they said they'll try to accommodate. When we arrived, we were seated immediately in a perfect location. The staff was very cordial and professional. Our waiter was Julian from France and he helped making food choices but wasn't overbearing. Was a pleasure having him and his staff serve us. The food was a medley of tastes. We decided to get 2 appetizers each as we were not too hungry and it was perfect. The crowd was an interesting mix. The only issue was that the tables were very close to each other and we had to be involved in our neighbor's conversations and it was hard for the person on the bench to get up from the table as the tables are very close. We had the Eckerton Farm Tomato Gazpacho prosciutto grissini, avocado english cucumber, basil New Jersey Corn Velouté lobster, chive chantilly, popcorn Green Curry & Coconut Soup shrimp & veal dumpling, mushrooms, cilantro House Made Spaghetti green zucchini, olives, shaved pecorino roasted tomato sauce and they were all very tasty especially the Corn Veloute. Will definitely go back.

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65 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

Satisfaction all around

By shellyf on 1/10/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Three of us got a table Saturday night and feasted on excellent food choices and a great wine list. The Sommelier was very helpful and his choices were excellent and qute delicious. When I asked him for information on the 3 wines, he brought me all 3 labels. Be careful of the bread; there are several flavors and they are all sooo good! Service was very good and not intrusive. We all had different dishes for appetizers and main dishes and all were finger-lickin' tasty. I had the risotto and veal shank and enjoyed every morsel of them both. Desserts and coffee were delicious and the one in our party who had the cheese was also very satisfied. This is a handsome place for grownups.

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62 out of 116 people found this review helpful.

Very more or more-less than more.

By dletichevsky on 10/24/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Compaired to its big brother, the actual restaurant, this place is not worth the time. Compaired to any little deli on Lex, this place is not worth the time. Compaired to Mc Donalds, it's worth the time. They forgot my organge juice, the tea was cold, the coffee was weak, the brioche was only a couple of slices.... Really? come on, I'm sure you can do better Daniel.

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64 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

nasty french

By roxster2010 on 10/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Nasty french attitude, mediocre food and bad service. Tables too close together, very uncomfortable, we requested a booth but denied even though restaurant was 1/2 full and late at night. Waiter lived up to the french stereotype, ours on top was an anorexic surley "french" waiter with bad attitude and disposition. 2nd time threre but would not return, better choices elsewhere, don't waist your money.

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70 out of 132 people found this review helpful.

Overrated

By Amvg on 6/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Thank you for ruining our Father's Day, that is all I have to say...

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80 out of 174 people found this review helpful.

What service? And the food?

By Abbey on 3/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

What a disappointment. First of all, our service was minimal and close to rude. And secondly, the food (which is why we were here in the first place) was poorly done. We had appetizers which we really wanted to like, but mine grew cold as they rushed to remember my partners dish, which turned out to be not worth the wait. I had the foie gras - I mean, you have to work hard to make good ingredients taste mediocre - but they managed. Not cooked or seasoned well. The main courses were similar in their pure lack of good cooking sense(taste, temperature, seasoning) And the final insult? The dessert - bizarrely designed and not tasty - we left ours on the plate. The servers never asked about our food, never apologized for forgetting the appetizer and just didn't care.

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107 out of 199 people found this review helpful.

Exceptional lunch

By jbrown413 on 11/1/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Took my 82 year old Dad here as a treat. Contrary to earlier reviews, service was exceptional, especially given that he had some special needs in form of using a walker and cane. Had the 3 course fixed price lunch, and every single one was outstanding. Wine by the glass was superb. He is a slow eater, but there was no rush whatsoever. And to top it off, before we left, we got to see Mick Jagger as he came in for lunch also.

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116 out of 237 people found this review helpful.

The service here was AWFUL

By te08 on 2/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

The service here was AWFUL and one of the managerial staff downright rude. The food is what you'd expect, but is unfortunately overshadowed by the service.

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106 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

So glad our concierge recommended it !

By margaretmdalbey on 12/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I were in NYC for us to attend the final Yankee series at the Stadium, so dinner after a game had to be less than "black tie." Concierge at The Palace recommended Cafe' Boulud (we'd heard of Daniel before), and we found the cafe' very charming and warm, although we were seated late and had to accept a back banquette (the place was still full at 10:45 p.m. Friday night). But beyond our seating location (we were dressed better than many guests, to be honest), the tomato appetizer, the endive salad, and both of our pasta entree's were beyond exceptional. Freshness of ingredients was the key, as well as originality and presentation. Plus, we weren't given "skimpy" portions, as we have experienced in many finer dining establishments. Our table manager went to extremes to make our experience delightful, and the FOUR different wait staff we had smoothly circulating our meal were friendly, helpful, and not in the least bit "stuffy" or snobbish. We left a deserved note of thanks to the staff and chef, and we will definitely return again when we enjoy our Christmas in NYC.

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139 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

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