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Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2007
I have been going to Cafe Joul for a few years now and I can always count on the food being excellent, friendly service, and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. I love just about everything on the menu - especially the goat cheese pizza - and the wine list is pretty impressive . . . Great place for a date or dinner with friends . . . Also a fun spot for weekend brunch!
Posted by Gerry on 04/06/2007
I had brunch at here the other day and was reminded of just how wonderful their food is. I can always count on Cafe Joul for very fresh, creative and absolutely delicous meals. I am always pleased with the value as well, as I feel a similar meal of the same quality anywhere else in the city would cost quite a bit more. I love the laid back, artsy atmosphere and the service is always very friendly. If you are in town visiting, this is a must, and if you live in the neighborhood, if you go once, you are bound to become a regular!
Posted by EricR on 03/20/2007
This small place has done everything right on my visits. They have probably the best mushroom ravioli I have tasted, but the braised short ribs are the thing to order if they are available as a special. The great wine list, with prices from very reasonable to ridiculous, doesn't hurt. Good service also. Highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2007
This is the perfect restaurant for anyone wanting an authentic French bistro experience with a wonderfully friendly waitstaff. Each customer is treated with respect and warmth. We are fast becoming regulars and are planning on taking our French friends when in town. Don't forget to order one of the superb desserts.
Posted by Greg on 03/17/2007
If you're looking for a romantic restaurant that isn't overrun by everyone else who reads reviews looking for romantic restaurants, this is the place (unless I've ruined it by posted this review!). Cafe Joul is a warm, friendly find on the East Side, with a great wine selection (generously poured), friendly staff, and an excellent menu. My favorites include the white mushroom salad and the endive salad with manchego cheese. The burger with caramelized onions is big and juicy (order it medium rare) and the fries are among the best around. And the cheese plate is top notch - good selection, with the addition of quince to make it unique. This is one of the first places I went with the woman who became my wife. While they can't guarantee the same matchmaking prowess for everyone, you can't go wrong on a date here!
Posted by Jane on 03/16/2007
Cafe Joul is one of my favorite NY haunts for meals. I entertain clients there, I dine with friends there -- it's one of the few restaurants in New York that is as comfortable for business as it is for a relaxing meal. The food has always been supreme, regardless of what I order, and the service is friendly, attentive and comfortably speedy. I also love the neighborhood feel, which does not dominate the experience, rather lend a nice 'touch' to the ambiance. I recommend to all.
Posted by Jeff on 03/13/2007
Five friends and I went to Cafe Joul for Sunday brunch on 3/11/2007 and were disappointed with both average food and extraordinarily poor service. Our orders were very slow to come to the table, which would have been perfectly acceptable given the size of our party and the Sunday brunch rush, but the waitress also made a mistake with one of the orders and said the kitchen would have to re-cook it. She barely shrugged off an apology, and certainly didn't offer our friend any extra bread or another drink while he waited, so he sat there with an empty place in front of him while the rest of us had our food for over 15 minutes. At the end of the meal, we decided to leave a 10% tip rather than our usual 15-20%. Stunningly, the waitress and her manager actually confronted us on our way out, exclaiming that they "tried their best given how hard it is to wait tables," and "even if we didn't have a good experience, it's still not right to walk out without leaving a tip." Of course, we *did* leave a tip, just a smaller tip than usual. It boggles the mind that these are people who make their living in food service, and that they assume 20% tip is given and not earned. We will certainly never be back.