Bar Boulud

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Bar Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s bistro and wine bar located across from New York City's Lincoln Center. An exquisite array of housemade charcuterie complements sumptuous French cooking for both lunch and dinner. Bar Boulud offers a 3 course price fixe for lunch for $25 and dinner for $52. Outdoor dining is available on the terrace seasonally. Three private wine-themed dining rooms adjacent to the wine cellar are also available for private events.
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DG
Munich
170 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won't go wrong dining at any of Daniel Boulud's restaurants. Had the express lunch- mushroom soup, cassoulet and brownies to eat there or take home. $25!
Delicious! Service always pleasant and professional.

OT
New York Area
441 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good dinner at Bar Boulud after the theater. I had the Coq au Vin, which is always delicious there. One friend had the steak tartare and another had the soup followed by one of the appetizers. Our reservation was at 10:30 at night, so we didn't want to overdo the food. We did enjoy sharing a profiterole, however. It was excellent.

MF
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brought a dear friend for dinner. She LOVES French and was thrilled by quality and taste of everything we ate. It was her first time dining there and she will be back with her husband. I will return also. Totally delicious and authentic. When we first arrived, it was a little noisy, but as the theater crowd left, we had a little more quiet time. Excellent. I look forward to the next time!

MB
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had eaten at Bar Boulud with friends a week ago and since we enjoyed the food and the experience returned a week later when we were back in the area. Our expectations were more than met: another solicitous waiter, well prepared dishes and a conscientious support staff. We again enjoyed our meal, looking forward to the next time we go to Lincoln Center when we will certainly return!

LN
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Disappointing lunch. Although the menu choices offer good variety, the quality of the food and the presentation was not what it is at dinner. Smoked-salmon club sandwich on tired bread, with surprisingly bland salmon and dressing, accompanied by soggy potato chips. A similar salmon lunch at Pain Quotidien the same week arrived with fresh bread, herbed cream, and delicately flavored fish.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chosen mainly for convenience given location across from Lincoln Center, I've enjoyed both visits to Bar Boulud. Service was excellent, the food was just fine (we ate modestly both times, salads, omelettes, etc.), and the noise level and ambiance were perfect for talking with friends. I had perfect devilled eggs and a kale and quinoa salad that sparkled with a variety of tastes the last visit.

n
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

3 out of 4 main dishes left a lot to be desired. None of them - hamburger, bouden noir, moules/frites had any real flavor. My moules tasted as if they were cooked in dish water. It was as if they left out ALL spices & garlic. We were very disappointed.

R
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner before Lincoln Center. Always a wonderful experience.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Javier was amazing! Food was excellent!

DL
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not cheap, but not Big Expensive either. Service was efficient and personable, nice combination. The room is pretty in a modernist sort of way. Food: excellent; menu is interesting enough without being arcane. This is not an off-hand before/after Theater quick meal place; but for a serious meal in that context, it's a fine choice.

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The quality of food at Bar Boulud has unfortunately declined quite a deal. At least for brunch/lunch. For $200 (no alcohol or dessert in this price) our party of 3 were a bit stunned.

Cheese board was composed of very hard rind-end pieces. Fois gras terrine was mostly country pate, and our meals were quite obviously made and re heated.

Staff are as always kind and attentive. But will not be back due to decline in quality.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the great complimentary dessert!!
We really enjoyed it!!
Thanks again for the excellent food and service!!!
See you soon...

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food was exceptional!

JR
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples had a delightful dinner, pre-opera at Lincoln Center across the street.

f
Philadelphia
282 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Have been to Bar Boulud practically since it opened, and often, because it is a favorite.

This was the worst time we have ever been. When I reserved the table, I asked for a table at the rear near the rest room. We were on time, but they told us there were no tables and could not say how long we would wait. Instead, we got a two-table immediately beside the kiosk.

The noise was deafening THROUGHOUT our meal. We waited long enough before our cocktails that Andrew wondered if I thought they had forgot. When they finally came, we waited long enough that Andrew wondered whether they forgot our appetizers too. Meanwhile the APPALLING noise level continued. Then, after the table was cleared, we waited once again long enough for me to comment that we were once again experiencing "the dessert gap" which we routinely experience elsewhere but not at Bar Boulud until tonight.

It wasn't a TOTAL disaster - the food was ok, and I even managed to hobble down the stairs to the rest room (clutching the handrail the whole time) without stumbling. And despite the delays we did make it the the concert with 15 minutes to spare.

But this was not what we have ever experienced before at Bar Boulud, and if this had been our first time here we would never return.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation but were able to sit at the bar. The bartender was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The drinks were delicious and so was the dinner. My husband started with the french onion soup, and then the Salmon. I had the tarte flambé followed by the coc co vin., which was excellent. Looking forward to dining there again.

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful brunch - the smoked salmon benedict were pertfectly cooked, the smoked salmon nicely smoked and the hollandaise was classic french!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience! We were seated earlier than expected, outstanding wait staff promptly took our order and even provided complimentary dessert substitute when one of our choices didn’t meet our dietary requirements. Needless to say, food was delicious!

CL
New York Area
401 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a last minute reservation when our other choices were not available. We hadn’t been here in a long time and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Service was excellent and the pacing was just right to get us to the opera in time.

L
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bar Boulud can always be counted on for a great precurtain dinner before Lincoln Center. In spite of
being crowded with theatre goers the food was excellent and the service very good. The maitre'd, in fact,
assisted in serving our main courses to our table of 6; now that's a maitre'd! The duck was superb, as well as the exceptional trout amondine and sole. The gugeres are a must with you cocktail. The only shortcoming was an overdone fillet of beef; perhaps the fault of our ordering. Will be back many times in the future.

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite in the area! Consistently great service and wonderful food.

g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. We had the trout and the coq-au-vin.

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love the mushroom soup and trout. Fine service, too.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost always satisfied with an experience at Bar Bouloud. Sunday night was no exception. It's pleasenter because there are fewer people.

1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was cordial and accommodating but we waited quite a while for our mains. That said, we weren't hurried out either

CM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good eggs, fries and madeleines.
The bloody merry are spicy.
Good service and NYC prices.
The booth was tight for 4 people, but in the winter there are no outdoor sitting.
Clean and large bathrooms.

RN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been there couple of times and like the place very much, but this time the food wasn't very good. The meat was overcooked and tasteless as well as the bernaise sauce. However, The rest of the people at my table were very satisfied with the food.

BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We are long time members of Lincoln Center and come often. This was the only disappointing meal we have had. Food was good but pacing and service in general were off. Main courses arrived late so we felt rushed (we had a 6pm reservation - which we communicated in advance- for a 7:30 curtain). There was an unusual amount of reaching by servers across the table (the water service while meant to be helpful was just too frequent) and the handling of the dishes was unprofessional - waiter’s fingers on rim of salad bowl touching food. Too many different people bringing us food - and wrong food at first makes the service disjointed.

We expect better.

DT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only unfortunate occurrence was that when the food arrived, my husband's steak and fries were cold. I suspect it had been waiting for my Dover sole (which was hot and delicious), but it really should not have happened.

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and pleasant and easy.
Specials always good, service impeccable, not noisy and well paced. Never disappoints!

GL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not as good as I expected

JR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh, Bar Boulard was very nice. I wanted somewhere special to take my 8 year old grandson. We were attending his first opera, a matinee at Lincoln Center. People warned me Bar Boulard might be too expensive. A delicious 3 course lunch for $25, excellent service, a view of Lincoln Center, and Mozart's Magic Flute, made the day very memorable.
Than you,
Grandpa Jim

RH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We where there 2 years ago and remembered much better. Food was average and I had much higher expectations since this was a special New Years menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This is my go to

OT
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but worth it.

H
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

New Years Eve — food and wine were very good. Room looked festive. We had a table in back for 7. It was fairly quiet. Service was extremely slow. 6:30 reservation. Dinner order wasn’t taken until 7:30. We were there until 9:45!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Year’s eve, can’t wait to come back.

CE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was well-prepared - & special. FABULOUS and accommodating service.

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