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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by Anne Wilson on 10/19/2009
I travel to New York several times a year and Cafe Joul is my most favorite dining destination. The environment is sophisticated, yet cosy and relaxing. The food is exceptional -- superbly prepared and tasty fish, salads, and excellent sweets. Bravo to Cafe Joul !!!
Posted by Frances on 10/15/2009
After walking by and seeing it bustling so often, I decided to give Cafe Joul a try with some friends. No wonder it is so busy. It did no disappoint! There was something for everyone on the menu. We loved it. Endive with manchego salad was delicious, steak and frites very good quality and a gourmet mac n' cheese that was incredibly rich and savory. Monk fish special was as good as any I've had in five star restaurants at two thirds the price. Wines were reasonably priced too and the service was friendly but never intrusive. It's great to find a place that has such good fresh food in a relaxed environment. Although I live on the west side, I'll gladly cross town for some more Joul.
Posted by M. R. on 10/03/2009
We were pleasantly suprised to discover this delightful restaurant as we often don't make our way over to 1st ave..We had a delicious meal from the salad, entree to the AMAZING deserts..and excellent wine..The ambiance is relaxed yet sophisticated and transported me to paris. It's a great place to go on a date or with friends where you can hear yourselves talk. The service was excellent and the owners involvement give it a special appeal. It's a keeper. Need more places like this!
Posted by jessicahartley on 09/14/2009
After reading great reviews about Cafe Joul's brunch I was looking forward to sharing this "hidden gem" with a friend and was very disappointed. Though the restaurant was quaint, the food was just okay. We ordered the Salmon Burger & Croque Monsieur which both cost an additional $2-3 on top of the $21 prix-fixed menu. For a $28 brunch I expected a much better meal than we had eaten. The "Sarabeth's Bread Basket" seemed stale and both meals weren't anything special. Overall I felt the meal was very overpriced and did not meet expectations. Maybe diners should just stick to the pancakes, as other reviewers have suggested.
Posted by Marjorie on 08/12/2009
Cafe Joul is a lovely neighborhood restaurant offering delicious French bistro-inspired dishes. The restaurant is a bit pricey for weekly repeat visits - even though it's in the Sutton Place area - there should be a bit more less expensive dishes on their menu. Most entrees begin @ $20.00 (except for the Pasta) -- they should think about offering a prix-fix dinner in this economy w/ the choice of an appetizer and entree or dessert and entree for $25.00 - think it would be a hit!! Otherwise, good food with attentive staff and very involved owners.
Posted by Hope on 05/01/2009
Cafe Joul is a great find if you're looking a delicious meal and a cozy neighborhood spot without breaking the bank. I have been here several times now when I'm in town for dinner and I am always pleased with the quality and freshness of the food and the value of the meal. It's a bustling, but never very loud, sweet neighborhood bistro with a menu offering enough variety to please everyone I come with. While it is mostly casual French, they do offer a very hearty burger and a gourmet mac and cheese. I love the wild mushroom ravioli and the goat cheese pizza app with salad on top, my husband is addicted to their steak frites (they have the yummiest french fries in town). We have never gone wrong ordering a wine special as the selection is always something of good value given the quality of the wines offered. Service is usually competent and always friendly, although take note that they do get busy around 8pm and there can be a wait for a table - unfortunately they don't take reservations after 7:30 unless you have a party of five or more. We've waited on a couple of occasions even after 9pm on the weekend, but the bar is pleasant enough for a short wait and certainly well worth it. Brunch is good too, although I can never eat the whole prix-fixe and prefer to go elsewhere so I can order a la carte. Have not had a chance to try lunch yet.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2009
I’ve been living in the area for years and Café Joul is still the best place in the neighborhood. The food is consistently delicious and the staff is always extremely friendly and accommodating. They have a large, reasonably priced wine selection and offer several wines by the glass. Overall it’s great place for a quiet dinner or a fun night out with friends.