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Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2006
Cafe Joul is one of the best-kept secrets on the East Side. An un-assuming French Bistro near the 59th Street Bridge, this long-standing restaurant serves excellent food. The servers are knowledgeable and unassuming, without any of the expected aloofness common in French restaurants in Manhattan. Far superior to better known upscale restaurants in every way, including price. Every entree is better than the next. A Real Find.
Posted by Cafe Joul on 07/22/2006
On a recent visit to NY, my wife and I stumbled across Caf Joul. What a fabulous surprise. This was not a run of the mill menu. The flavors were outstanding. The presentation wonderful. In fact we used our cellphone to call some friends to join us. Despite the excedingly superb quality of the meal the price seemed to be much below the market. All and all this was a wonderful gastronomic occasion. Cannot recommend this charming place high enough.
Posted by DickieSaul on 07/21/2006
We found Cafe Joul through friends and after our first meal there we knew we had found the perfect bistro. Everything you'd expect from a classic French bistro is there, but the variations on the menu make the food delightful as well as satisfying. The onion soup was the best my wife and I have ever had. We've since gone back time and again for romantic dinners, outings with friends, even with my mother-in-law on more than one occasion. Heartily recommended for any occasion, or any time your want a real taste of France.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2006
This is great restaurant with a great variety of food. Every thing we ordered was so tasty we couldn't help but try each others food. The cocktails could use a little work so wine is a better choice and they have a nice selection of wine. The prices are a little up there for what it is which is a small quaint place. Looking in from the outside you would never guess that you would be paying the same if you were at a more lavish restaurant. However, because we enjoyed our meal so much, you can bet that we will be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/10/2005
We started out wanting to go to Guastavino, but when we got there, the doors were padlocked. (it's closed for a few months). We walked over by Cafe Joul, and decided to try it. My companion ordered the Atlantic salmon, which we both agreed was some of the best prepared salmon we've ever tasted. I had the sirloin, which was good, but paled in comparison to the salmon. I cannot wait to go back and get it for myself. The service was excellent, and the room is very French. It is a bit pricey, but I will definitely be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/04/2005
We have enjoyed Cafe Joul numerous time and our friends hadn't known it was around. Everyone was very happy with their meal. And the service was very friendly and considerate. I had Endive and Manchego salad and Short Ribs with artichokes and baby fennel in a red wine reduction. Steve had his very favorite Seafood Cassoulet but started with their Duck Pate. It was a country style and I stole half of it. Guy friend had Chicken liver pate and one of my favs - Mushroom ravioli. Gal friend had onion soup and the lemon sole and substituted all the healthy sides with crispy frites. The guys spilt a bottle of chablis and I had a glass of Pinot. Dessert, I had flourless chocolate cake amd he had banana tart. Then we sat and watched "Duck Soup" (subtitled) on the screen over the front window. Sipped liqueur. Apparently on Friday and Saturday nights they show movies silently. It was just so fun and set us out back home kicking up our heels. We are just never disappointed there.
Posted by Alexis on 09/13/2005
What a delight it is to find an true bistro in Midtown Manhattan that continually surprises its patrons with innovative fish entrees such as Black Sea Bass with cremini mushrooms and citrus juices or the wonderful mussels with crispy "frites". It's always a pleasure to visit such a friendly neighborhood restaurant with great service.