Café Boulud

French in Upper East Side

Our Review

This Michelin-starred bistro – part of Daniel Boulud’s gastronomic empire – attracts a rather staid crowd with its globe-trotting French cuisine. Seasonal menus include classic dish coq au vin, as well as more inventive fare such as scallop crudo (raw) with white miso. Foodies on a budget will be interested in the three-course prix-fixe lunch ($45; two courses for $39).

The adjacent 40-seat Bar Pleiades serves seasonal cocktails, along with a full bar menu (think oysters, and fennel-and-duck sausages), plus live jazz on Friday nights (9pm to midnight).