Upper East Side foodies are rejoicing that Daniel Boulud has signed a lease to launch a new restaurant at 100 E. 63rd St. — which the chef tells Realty Check will be a much-loved cafe There will be a revival of the boulevard.
Boulud’s Dynex Group and an undisclosed French partner signed a deal for about 5,000 square feet at the corner of East 63rd Street and Park Avenue, where many iconic restaurants were located in the past century. This was most recently the Vaucluse of the Altamarea Group, which closed after the start of the pandemic.
“It’s very exciting to me,” said Boulud, who has wanted to revive Café Boulud since the original closed. “It will continue to be a destination for locals, for foodies and for our loyal customers,” he said. The restaurant will open sometime this fall.
Café Boulud was previously in the Surrey Hotel on East 76th Street. It was forced to close for good in May 2021 when the hotel went bankrupt and was Captured by the Ruben Brothers of Britain, who plan to reopen it under the Corinthia Hotel flag. Rubens set up the private club Casa Tua where the restaurant was.
Café Boulud’s a la carte menu was less expensive than Boulud’s prix-fixe offering at the flagship restaurant Daniels on East 65th Street, but it was much more than a “café”. A succession of fine chefs chosen to run the kitchen has made it a premier Lovers of modern French and global cuisine As well as the movers and shakers of the city.