The restaurant first made its mark on Manhattan when it opened 25 years ago, and has since expanded to locations in Palm Beach, the Bahamas, and Toronto. A Beverly Hills outpost is expected to open next year, too.
Café Boulud bears the same name as the original café Boulud’s grandparents opened more than 100 years ago on their family farm outside of Lyon, France.
“Creating a new home for Café Boulud has been my focus and priority for the last year,” says Boulud. “Given the special place it holds in my heart, I feel very fortunate to be able to bring it back to the Upper East Side and look forward to sharing it with our guests.”
Designed by Jeffrey Beers International, the bright and airy restaurant features Art Deco and vintage accents throughout, along with an impressive art program.
“Chef Daniel Boulud and I have been friends for nearly 30 years, and I was incredibly honored that he chose my studio for the new Café Boulud New York,” says Jeffrey Beers, CEO and founder of his eponymous studio.
The design team preserved the space’s existing black and white tile, varnished wood flooring, decorative vaulted ceilings with clover-shaped molding. These original elements are paired with mirrored panels, green velvet banquets, sculpted bronze, gilded copper, and polished stone for an aesthetic that “feels emotionally modern and elegantly fresh,” Beers adds. “The interior is a contemporary homage to the Café Boulud brand and perfectly suited to its Upper East Side surroundings.”
The restaurant’s extensive art program, curated by locally based Galerie Mourlot, features works by renowned European artists, alongside pieces that embody Boulud’s longstanding connection to New York’s art world.
“The restaurant is a vibrant celebration of my French roots and love for New York—from our inspired cuisine and warm hospitality to a beautifully designed space and lively atmosphere,” Boulud adds.