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Posted by prospecthts tim on 09/06/2011
Celebrating a big birthday we picked Bar Boulud because it was a high quality french cuisine option that would not quite break the bank. What a pleasure! We went for an early evening dinner and got a good table with no problem. The staff, from the maitre to the busboys were welcoming and friendly without being in your face. (BTW the count of staff to patrons was amazing.) Service was attentive but discreet. The food excellent. We definitely recommend it and look forward to trying some other Boulud restaurants.
Posted by anonymous on 08/19/2011
With the poor service and the unexciting food, there's really no reason to go there.
Posted by anonymous on 08/15/2011
Poor service ruined what might've been an acceptable meal. It was 30min before the waitress took our order, and that was only the beginning. Empty plates were left sitting in front of us for 20min, coffee/waters weren't refilled for extended periods, and when we asked for more bread, they only brought it to one part of the table. Plus, portions are skimpy, and the food is just ok at best. Come prepared to spend half your afternoon or evening there.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/12/2011
Not worth a visit. Steak Frites was served seriously undercooked and fries were cold. We've prepared meals 10x better at home. We'll never go back and recommend you pick somewhere else!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2011
When first opened, food was divine, service was good, ambience always a question. Now it is commercial, too many Lincoln Center and walk in people. new cafe outside, very crowded and staff can't handle it all. We waited a long time for the food which was average; the cosmopolitan was bad - no cranberry juice, mostly lemon, so it took me 3 times and 3 diffferent waiters to send it back and get a Mojito. At those prices. never again.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/08/2011
Arrived a bit before my reservation when the place was largely empty. The host seated my wife and I at the worst table in the place. We asked for a different table. He then offered us the second worst table. I'm not a picky or demanding guy, but give me a break, dude, the place is empty. Third time was a charm and we sat in the back. Truthfully, there's no great tables in the place. The seats are hard and the interior is not great: everything is beige. The heavy wood chairs scrape along the floor and make an irritating noise. The menu's nice and there's bound to be something for everyone. But I can't say anything my wife and I had really stood out. Sure, it was fine, but there was no "Oh my God, this is fantastic!" moment (although my wife really liked her rhubarb dessert.) Service was good - friendly and competent. Pretty much what a place where that charges $100 per person should provide. But, like the food, it didn't exceed expectations. I believe that if a restaurant is good (or great), when you walk out the door, you're already thinking about the next time you'll go there. When I walked out of Bar Boulud, I thought "Eeh, I won't go here again."
Posted by Victor on 06/20/2011
We arrived on-time for our 5:30pm reservation pre-theater. The host seated us in a booth in the rear of the restaurant. Then all our troubles began. We sat for 20 minutes and no one approached the table to take a drink order. So I called over the host and pointed out the fact we had not seen our waitress. She said she would take our drink order. After 15 minutes no drinks yet and still have not been greeted by whomever our waitress would be. The Manager approaches our table and says with a smile is "everything going well?" I tell him the situation. He then takes our dinner order. We still have not seen our waitress. We have been at the table 35 minutes. Our drinks arrive. About 10-12 minutes later our appetizers arrive but incorrectly. We send one of them back. Still have not met waitress. Meals and missing appetizer arrive. While eating the entree the waitress finally makes an appearance and says "how is everything?" I say, "Ahhhh there's our missing waitress." She says, "I haven't been missing and it's all been under control." Attitude to us? Really. It was a miserable experience as we were eating with a guest we were hosting from out of town before a show at Lincoln Ctr. We were offered N as a courtesy for our troubles, not drinks or a complementary desert. When you pay for food at this level, from a Daniel Boulud restaurant, I would expect they would want us to leave happy. Unfortunately, we did not and we still left a 17.5% tip.