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Current thoughts on Boulud restaurants?

Curious what the local 'hounds think about the various Daniel Boulud restaurants? What are the must hits? Any must avoids? I'm interested across price points and settings. I loved my dinner at Bar Boulud last year -- atmosphere, service and food were all excellent.

Thanks for any insight!

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  1. Daniel -- only if they know you

    Cafe Boulud -- excellent (but pricy)

    db Bistro Moderne -- better than it has to be, but hit-or-miss

    Bar Boulud -- love it

    Boulud Sud -- very good (although I personally am suspicious of that kind of food)

    DBGB -- It was pretty good when it opened, but I've heard it's become horrible (which isn't surprising, given that the Boulud organization seemed from the start to be contemptuous of DBGB's downtown/uptown-going-downtown crowd).

    1. I have always had good experiences at Bar Boulud, love the "Cubano" at Epicerie, have not been impressed by DBGD, cannot comment on the rest.

      1. i was at db bistro moderne yesterday for lunch. Actually had a great lunch. I was impressed by the restaurant week lunch menu (normally RW doesn't do much for me). Better than I've had at other locales in recent memory. Service was spot on and the pace of the meal was perfect. However I think much of that was due to the slightly late-ish rez time. When we arrived at 12:45 place was out-of-this world PACKED but the crowd was starting to thin.
        Cafe Boulud: always great
        Bar Boulud: also great.
        DBGB: not to great.

        1. -- Bar Boulud...never been a fan...have been several times after the opera and while i like the charcuterie i found the cooked dishes and even the salads to be overrated.

          -- Boulud Sud...love it...my fav for before/after Lincoln Center music

          -- DBGB...i go often but only for oysters (always topnotch) and drinks at the bar

          1. My 2 cents..

            In the last two weeks I've been to DBGB and DB bistro moderne.

            DBGB for lunch... Honestly.. I'm not going back.. The burger was good (Frenchy Burger) but the bread was stale and old, the mussels were good but they dropped four empty plates one on top of each other in the middle of our table without saying a word when they served them. We thought they forgot some clean plates they were bringing somewhere and they would come back to pick them up. We then realized they give you four plates so that when you filled the first with your shells you can use the second, etc filling the whole table with plates full of shells... Seriously? You can't change the plate full of shells of someone who is eating the mussels while he eat? Desserts were nothing to write home about too..

            DB bistro moderne, one of the best dinner I had in the last few months! The tomato tarte tatin was great, escargot and fois gras too. Then we all enjoyed our main courses a lot, especially the DB burger.. Maybe the coq au vin was the only entree we didn't wow about, but everything else was spotless.. Dessert were great too..