Daniel Boulud giveth and Daniel Boulud taketh away. Last month, AppleEats reported that the celebrity chef was planning a relaunch of the fabled restaurant Le Pavillon, at least in name.
Today we are here to note the passing of Café Boulud, which has held court in the Surrey Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for more than two decades. The restaurant, which closed at the beginning of the pandemic with full expectations of reopening, will shutter permanently owing to a disagreement with the Surrey’s new management.
New York Times quotes the chef as saying, “The new owners wanted to take the restaurant in a direction that didn’t suit me. I hope to relocate, and they said they would help me find a new space.”
Boulud has operated restaurants at the Surrey for nearly 30 years. The hotel was the original site of Boulud’s flagship restaurant, Daniel, for seven years before Café Boulud opened in the same space in 1998.