20 E 76th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.774502 -73.963866
Tue-Thu 12pm-2:30pm; 5:45pm-10:30pm
Fri 12pm-2:30pm; 5:45pm-11pm
Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
I sometimes wonder what people want from Cafe Boulud. Andrew Carmellini has been gone years, but Gavin Keysen, the current chef, is a James Beard Award winner in his own right and has been practicing his own elegant, composed cuisine for a long time. The room isn't what anybody would call exciting, and the average age of the guests is 78, but that doesn't mean the place isn't great!
Excellent Service - where's the food? – 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 place that has more service staff than you can imagine - something of a question,
The food - what there was - really quite good. But here is the point. We dined during restaurant week and had the 25$ menu for three courses Very respectable.
But the portions were miniscule. I had the flounder. Yes, it was very good, But, the piece of fish was about two inches square.
My daughter had the Fusilli ( which weren't fusilli) and there were about four fork fulls. - How much does pasta cost? Is there anything cheaper?
Oddly, the most complete course was the dessert. Very satisfying,
Next to us a mother and son were dining a la carte.
The boy had the beef. A few tiny pieces at something like $40.!!!!
Cafe Boulud is very Manhattan. It lives on what the NY elite think they should be getting and how they should be treated, Include with them the tourists who timidly resign themselves to the invented machinations of NY chefs.
For the $25 restaurant week, this place was fine - even enjoyable. But - beyond that, you will be creating your own illusion and paying quite well for your fantasy.
Boulud on Behind the Burner – Behind the Burner. com has a great video about the chef at Cafe' Boulud
Sample Daniel Boulud's Genius on a Budget – 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.
Hope you're not hungry! – 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.
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.
Totally worth every $$$ – 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.
Please Don't Make the Same Mistake We Did! Run, Don't Walk Away! – 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.
Definitely over priced – 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.
Not worth the money – 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.
Good food, but nothing extraordinary – 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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