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Posted by John on 08/11/2005
Cafe Joul is like the Platonic ideal of a Paris Bistro I can never quite find in Paris. The food is top notch, the wine reasonable and thoughtfully selected and the service always makes me feel as if I was a favorite customer. I've loved everything I've had there, but keep returning for the rish, beet salad, the light, soft raviolli in an exquisite truffle sauce and the soft chocolate cake. It's that rare meal that tastes like a special event but is affordable on a regular basis. The Fench chef began his American carreer with Bouley and you can taste his perfectionism. His wife runs the dining room with charm and grace. I expect the restaurant is their pride and joy.
Posted by david beaudoin on 07/02/2005
I ate here about a month ago. woo was it good the best country pate I have ever had. As a professional chef I feel this place ranks in the top 10 of traditional french restaurants.
Posted by ACT on 05/24/2005
We are big fans and longstanding devotees of Cafe Joul. Our last dinner there may have been our best ever and so we decided to add our long overdue rave reviews. Cafe Joul provides that winning combination of really great food and top notch service. The atmosphere is so charming and welcoming. It really feels as though you are sitting in a bistro in Paris. Brunch and dinner are both wonderful dining experiences. At brunch, my favorite is the crab cake which I literally dream about if I don't have it often enough! At dinner the fish dishes are superb. My favorite is the sole which I find amazing. My husband is a big fan of the steak and french fries. Great house wines too. On numerous visits to Cafe Joul we have never been disappointed and have always left feeling so well cared for. 5 stars!
Posted by Faith on 10/27/2004
Cafe Joul is always a great treat. Like a cozy Paris bistro, the decor and staff are inviting but not overdone. I feel welcome but not smothered, and despite the relaxed atmosphere the food always makes me ooh and ahh. I can never decide on a dish because I love them all. Great specials and just right portions...don't forget homemade desserts like pear tatin, gooey and warm.
Posted by Valerie Vanderpool on 04/27/2004
I recently came to fabulous New York on a trip with the lovely ladies in my family. A family friend took us to Cafe Joul for brunch on our last day and it was such a delight! The staff was inviting and warm, I loved the art that was being displayed, and the food was so fresh and so tasty! This will definitely be a repeat for me when I come back to your beautiful city!
Posted by Nick on 01/14/2004
I originally dropped in two years ago because one of the dishes on the menu tickled my mental taste buds. I wasn't disappointed. I've been going back once every two or three of weeks for wholesome French cuisine (no cuisine mince here), appropriate service (no fawning, but they're pleased to see you) and a relaxed bistro (not brasserie) atmosphere. Come here if your palate yearns for French aromas, flavours and textures. The daily specials are always enticing. The salmon with basmati rice and the chicken with lemon pasta are 'formidable'. The pear tatin is excellent. Lastly, take in the pictures by artists hanging on the walls. This restaurant is a meeting place for the community.
Posted by Local on 08/12/2003
Cafe Joul is a great little joint, particularly for brunch. There are only a handful of tables, so it's not ideal for large parties (although they do accommodate). With brunch, they serve a bread basket of crossaints and breads with delicious sarabeth jams (- that alone is worth the trip). The place is very intimate, casual and cool...it has a low-key bistro feel to it - good food without the pretension. I would recommend trying it for a casual dinner, but don't expect it to be your big night out on the town. A must-go for anyone who lives or works in the area (east mid-town).