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The crowd frequenting Boulud Sud has a tendency to be more upscale than the folks heading to its sister restaurant Bar Boulud next door. During the day, you get a lot of businessmen and women power lunching, and given the $29 prix fixe and bright, airy space with floor-to-ceiling windows, it makes sense. Nighttime brings more theatergoers and neighborhood people (that is, Upper West Side residents) for dinner, and though it does get busy, the Mediterranean restaurant never feels packed. Also, the sunflower-yellow and slate-gray décor helps keep the vibe cool and comfortable, and hopefully it does the same for the kitchen staff, as you can watch the chefs work from the large open kitchen lining the south side of the New York City restaurant.