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  • Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • 214 Mulberry St, New York NY10012 40.7219509 -73.9962206
  • (At Spring St)
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  • (212) 966-7366
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User Ratings (Based on 20 reviews)

3.295
Food 3.9 Value 2.7
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 966-7366
Website:
www.balaboostanyc.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Hours:
Mon: 5:30pm-11pm Tue-Thu: 11:30am-3:30pm+5:30pm-11pm Fri: 11:30am-3:30pm+5:30pm-11:30pm Sat: 11am-3:30pm+5:30pm-11:30pm Sun: 11am-3:30pm+5:30pm-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Romantic, Trendy, Online Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by Foodie on 08/30/2011

    Phenomenal food

    I go out a lot and to the latest and greatest and cannot remember having such inventive and tasty food in such a long time. Room needs some work and some sound proofing but food is deelish!

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2011

    Fun, good food

    something different than the same old Italian and Bistro - finally!! Nice space - not cramped - Nice reception, interesting menu - lots to choose from - good for sharing! Food delicious - fresh. Server was cute - eager to please. What's the problem? NO PROBLEM!! Looking forward to next time!

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by hfeather on 12/21/2010

    lovely meal and service

    with strong love for taim, i went here with my mom and husband, and we all thought it was outstanding. first of all, i don't understand the bitching about the portions. maybe they've changed it since they first opened, but the portions were not that small on either the steak, chicken, or whole fish entrees. the small plates were small, but small is in the title of those, and they were priced appropriately as such. fearing we'd leave hungry, we ordered 3 starters (small plates), 1 appetizer (the pizza, which is small but akin to ordering a plate of 4 bruschetta for the table), 3 entrees, and 1 dessert for 3 people and were totally (over)stuffed, hungry husband and solid-eater me included. despite the yumminess of the food, we couldn't bring ourselves to finish everything. as far as menu choices, the fried olives are a must. a MUST. they are awesome. also the cauliflower is fantastic. the pickles i think could be skipped as there was no real variety in flavor across the plate. the pizza was tasty and unusual in a good way. the steak was my favorite of the entrees, but all 3 were really good. someone at a nearby table had the lamb, and that looked amazing as well. we had the apple dessert with ricotta ice cream--also yum. on top of the great food, we enjoyed the warmly elegant atmosphere and noticeably pleasant service. girls-night-friendly spot for sure--probably 70% of diners were female on our trip. i don't often repeat fancy restaurants, but i do plan on coming back here.

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2010

    Sorry, but just not good

    Heard about the place but very disappointed. 1) the food is not good. 2) Portions are very small. 3) Service...i don't even want to tell you how bad it is...see for yourself and you'll leave your own bad comment which I will keep to myself. Bottom Line....Not recommended...there are much better places in the city for your money.

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by babs on 12/07/2010

    Pretty good, but not amazing.

    I went this past weekend for brunch with a friend. I got the green organic eggs which were great (and served with a hashbrown like thing and a mixed green salad). My friend ordered the breakfast pizza which was about the circumference of a bagel. It really should have also included a side salad. It looked very lonely on the cutting board it was served on, though my friend said the chorizo made it great. The food was good, the ambience was nice, so i guess I will take the good with the not as good.

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by A. on 11/09/2010

    great and tasty

    everything was great! meatballs could of had more meat and less batter, but overall great and nice atmosphere.

  • Balaboosta

    Posted by annabellac on 08/21/2010

    Echoing the "Small Portions" Complaint

    Went here the other night with a pal I hadn't seen in a while. I had read the reviews here and everyone was right. The food was delicious but the portions were miniscule. Dave's Pizza was tasty but literally it was a round pizza the size of a Thomas' English Muffin and $17 to boot! Same thing with the eggplant bruschetta-one piece of toast about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. We shared 6 mini-starters. I had a good time talking to my friend. And luckily, he had 3 glasses of wine so he was not cranky about the size of the portions But when I came home I was hungry and had to eat a real meal. I would have been even more dismayed if I had paid the bill-it was definitely up around $130! I think the owner/chef is trying to go for an upscale cuisine with the tiny portions. But that is not the way to go. One other complaint:the specials board listed interesting options but no prices. When I asked the waiter what things cost, he didn't know. had to go ask, and implied I was a cheapskate for asking! Then it turned out that every item on the unpriced chalkboard was more costly than other items on the starters menu. Good food but not good value for the money.

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