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Posted by foodfan on 10/25/2013
it is unspeakably noisy. I have no hearing problem, but could not make out what the person across from me at a two-top was saying. Lovely food and I wish I could say I'll go back, but it's just too painful. BTW the name Balaboosta makes you think they serve traditional Jewish food. Not at all: it's creative Middle Eastern.
Posted by Car & Jar on 07/14/2013
Im surprised to see bad reviews here bc the food was just way too good for them. We shared a ton of apps including a salad and bruscetta special that were awesome. Shrimp, hummus and cauliflower were all so great and main dish steak and chicken also delicious. Get the red sangria!! A unique place for sure in Nolita and so worth going!
Posted by aronita Rosenblatt on 03/16/2013
needs treatment for noise It is very noise and one can not talk or hear our friends It is time to dosomething about it It spoield my night
Posted by Hungry Man on 10/15/2012
Decent food, but nothing extraordinary. The service, though, is definitely lacking. Be sure to hoard your water, since you may have to fight for a refill. The servers range from ok to surly, and the management is also grumpy. But it's not a bad option if everything else is closed.
Posted by Helen on 09/08/2012
I found this gem quite by accident - a lovely surprise! My colleagues and I had lunch here and all of us agreed that we would be back! We each ordered something different and everything was superb. Loved the space, the waiter was sweet, warm, and professional. This is my new favorite place in Nolita.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/18/2012
I had never been told before I sit down at a table - with a reservation- that we have only a certain amount of time at our table. I had never had a waiter ask me "are you done?" while I'm still chomping my dinner with my fork in my hand. I had never felt so rushed and so bomarded from the door to the table. The food was very good but even fantastic food can't make up for being treated like you're taking service away from the place, when you're actually shelling out a significant wad of cash. I'll. never. go. back.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2011
I, too, am surprised by the complaints that the small plates are small. They aren't cheap, but they ARE delicious. Don't people check the menu or read reviews before they stumble into places? Yes, Balaboosta is pricier than a lot of downtown places. But it's inventive, superb cuisine. If you don't really care what you eat, but don't want to spend much while getting full--fine. But don't denigrate an excellent, unusual restaurant because you didn't know what you were doing when you stumbled in.