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319 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
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Al Bustan Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Al Bustan's food may be delivered to your home or office. Our catering team will assist you in the preparation of tailor-made menus for private parties.
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant is available for your next event.
Private Party Contact:
Elias Ghafary (212) 759-5933
Saturday Nights 11pm - 3am at Al Bustan. Live entertainment, Belly Dancer,Hookah and Drink Specials. Prix fixe menu: Mezze of assorted appetizers, Main Coarse, and Dessert $45 Per Person.
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
E & V trains to 53rd Street.
Parking Details Up to 3 hours $10 with validation
A word from Al Bustan
Savory Lebanese cuisine served in a sophisticated atmosphere that captures the essence of Beirut's past as the Paris of the Middle East
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Excellent babaganoush and lentil
appetizers and chicken kebab and minced chicken marinated in vinegar were very tasty. Knafeh is a Lebanese desert hard to find done well and theirs is one of the best versions I've tasted in NYC. Waiters are friendly and efficient. Prices are a little high but fair as portions are good and the restaurant is well-appointed."
Dined on 7/4/2014
Al-Bustan was able to accomodate
our large party of 10 (and later 12) on short notice. The family style eating was perfect, though I found the waiter's suggestions on quantity of food to be a little too overbearing. (To his displeasure, I didn't order nearly as many portions as he had recommended - and yet we still had a lot of food that was left uneaten). We ordered a variety of hot and cold appetizers, the perfectly seasoned mixed grille, and rack of lamb. My very discerning father later commented that this was the best lamb he has ever eaten at a restaurant in the U.S. My mother loved the rice. And all of the guests were very happy with the food and overall experience. We will definitely return."
Dined on 6/22/2014
Years ago used to go to this
restaurant but then it appeared that they were out of business. Was delighted to discover that they had merely moved to their present location. The food remains terrific. I especially enjoy the variety of appetizers including the Makanek (small lamb sausages)."
Dined on 6/19/2014
The dandelion greens are great,
everything good, not greasy. Great for VEGANS! Great house Lebanese wine."
Dined on 6/15/2014
Food was served cold. All our
grilled items were over done. Service was just horrible (non existent). Took my family from out of town here - big mistake. Music was so loud we could barely hear each other talk. Would never come back."
Dined on 6/14/2014
All of the food was prepared and
presented to perfection! This restaurant was recommended to me by three different people and they were all right- it is one of the very best Middle Eastern restaurants in NYC. "
Dined on 6/6/2014
Al Bustan is one of the best
middle eastern restaurants in the city. A beautiful space with thoughtful service lets you enjoy the delicious food even more."
Dined on 5/10/2014
We were early for our reservation
and before the rest of our party the Owner came to greet us and took us to our table. There was no waiting to be seated before the rest of the party arrived - a pet peeve of mine. The ambiance was elegant and comfortable. The food was excellent and reminded me of Mom's home cooked meals, especially the Kibbeh Nayeh, Hummus and Grilled Lamb. Mom would have loved it. Even our one vegetarian enjoyed her selection. The vegetables were fresh and cooked to perfection. All in all it made made our Easter dinner special. We will definitely back and perhaps order ahead for the roasted baby lamb."
Dined on 4/20/2014
This place is as close to home
cooking for her as anywhere else in the USA. Staff are very attentive and the atmosphere is very nice. Arak (liquor) was amazing. She had Samaki Hara (fish dish) that almost made her cry ...thinking of mom."
Dined on 4/5/2014
Dined on a Tuesday night.
Everything was well done and well managed. Food was tasty and drinks were also well made."
Dined on 3/25/2014
My colleague and I were in the
city for business and wanted something a little different. Read the reviews which seemed positive. Walked in to see several large groups of bankers enjoying the food. Met Alias the owner / executive chef and asked him to take care of us. He was terrific and the food was even better. Highly recommend."
Dined on 2/27/2014
We went to Al Bustan for a special
occasion dinner and were disappointed in the food which was just uninteresting. We expected exciting flavors and exotic combinations, and what we got was just boring and not too good, not to mention overpriced. There are, however, a number of vegetarian selections. The service was fine. The restaurant is gorgeous and beautifully appointed which raised our expectations for a terrific meal, but, alas, we were disapponted."
Dined on 2/22/2014
We had the prix fixe luncheon
which is such a great deal......5 delicious starters, choice of entree, and great desserts. The food is really superb....I had the Shish Taouk and it was so tender, moist and well-seasoned. The starters were excellent and the desserts, too. One of my favorite places for lunch as its so quiet, and fun for dinner."
Dined on 2/20/2014
flavors and authenticity of food
was excellent! Fresh, properly timed and blended-- enjoyed very much! Staff was warm and inviting - -- had a wonderful time!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
This is not a big complaint but
here it is. We went for Valentine's day, having no idea that there was an obligatory 75/pp prix fixe going on. The food was fine for what it was but could have been better, perhaps with more choices. The price is good for those who like alcohol; that didn't apply to us. We might still go another time for regular prices but I'm a little bummed about not having been informed ahead of time that the prix fixe was "no choice.""
Dined on 2/14/2014
Excellent value for $19 lunch
special, however, $4 for a cup of coffee (not included with lunch) is overpriced."
Dined on 2/14/2014
A little bit more expensive than
your average lebanese food restaurants"
Dined on 2/7/2014
We had only dairy items, all
delicious. From a cheese sembusac, to labne, falafel, and salads, all was fresh and tasty. NOTE: with a 1.5Hr notice they accommodated our 23 people group! That was amazing!"
Dined on 1/19/2014
Best Lebanese cuisine in NY. The
place is nice and the service was great. Loved it!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
Wonderful spot for NYE. Great
atmosphere, food and ambiance. Servers we extremely inattentive; this may be because gratuity was already included in the prefix menu. I went hours without a refill for my water and had to get out of my seat several times to flag down a server i.e. wine refill etc. This was very off putting as the bill was over $400 for just two people. Also, hookah was advertised but they only had a few pipes so most guests couldn't get one. Belly dancer was advertised as well but didn't come out until nearly 1AM and only lasted a short while. There was only one dancer (intermediate skill) and no live instrumentation."
Dined on 12/31/2013
I have been enjoying Lebanese food
for years and am qualified to say that the Kibbeh Nayeh was just as good as my mother in law's, which is quite a complement. Staff was very attentive and happily brought out some spices for the table to enhance our dishes. Will go back soon."
Dined on 12/30/2013
Al Bustan is a wonderful Middle
Eastern restaurant in the East 50s, just off of 2nd Avenue. It goes a bit unnoticed since it's off the avenue, but it's a gem of a place that's worth finding. The food is authentic and delicious, the atmosphere is elegant and the service is attentive but not overbearing. I have eaten here several times now and always walk away thinking that I'll never be able to eat again. There's a great variety of dishes and I just can't seem restrain myself from trying a little of everything."
Dined on 12/27/2013
The food is excellent and the
ambiance is very relaxing. Would recommend to everyone!"
Dined on 12/25/2013
Weird dishes--too specialized to,
I guess a diet of the country of origin---??"
Dined on 12/22/2013
Atmosphere was great, very
relaxing. We got stuck in traffic and they held the reservation. Food was terrific. Highly recommend the lamb with yogurt sauce. Prices are reasonable. Staff very friendly. Would return to eat again. Would highly recommend!"
Dined on 12/21/2013
Food was wonderful; the kind of
place you want to go with a group too so you can try everything... but be careful if they have an event in the lounge downstairs... noise was over the top!"
Dined on 12/20/2013
The food was good, but the service
not so much. We had to wait for 25 minutes to get water. and it seemed we did not have just one server dedicated to the table. whoever was passing by was taking our order or filling our water cups."
Dined on 12/19/2013
We were recently in NYC and my
Lebanese husband wanted some authentic Lebanese food. Al Bustan surpassed all of our expectations! Food and service were excellent. We felt like we were dining at one of the best Lebanese restaurants back home."
Dined on 12/7/2013
This is a great place to catch up
with friends. The decor is refined and sleek but to the point of stuffiness. There is an open bar area downstairs that is used for private parties and it can get quite loud for diners upstairs, but it is not a huge problem. You get a lot of food. Some dishes may not seem like a lot, but they are quite filling. Other dishes seem like double portions. The food was cooked very well. My girlfriend, who does not like Lebanese food, enjoyed her dish. My only complaint, and minor at that, is that the yogurt sauce is watery and not very original. Convenient location from the 6 or the E. I would come back."
Dined on 12/7/2013
MY WIFE AND I LOVED THIS
RESTAURANT . WE HAVE BEEN THERE TWICE SO FAR AND WE CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY THERE. LAST WEEK FOOD IS AWESOME WITH GREAT PORTIONS .THEIR SALADS ARE SO DELICIOUS . THE STAFF IS JUST AMAZING...IT'S WORTH THE MONEY YOU PAY..MUST GO"
Dined on 12/6/2013
Was welcomed by name upon entering
front door. Fabulous Authentic Lebanese food. Attentive service with extremely prompt food from kitchen. Cannot wait to dine with them again. Already recommended to colleagues today."
Dined on 12/4/2013
we always enjoy dining at Al
Bustan. The middle-eastern food is excellent and the restaurant, elegantly appointed, is quiet enough to enjoy not just the food, but good conversation."
Dined on 12/3/2013
This is a restaurant that I have
been to many times, and the food is always great, one of my favorite dishes is Falafel, I have tried Falfel at many restaurants and carts all over NY and Al Bustan hands down is the best, and everything they serve is very high quality, try their Arabic tea, it's really good if you are a tea drinker."
Dined on 11/24/2013
Having Lebanese family and growing
up eating home cooked Lebanese food, I'm very picky. This place couldn't have been more authentic unless my grandma Eva was in kitchen. I went with two Lebanese girlfriends and they ordered in Arabic from the waiters. Everything was exactly what we wanted and even had the warm grape leaves with meat that we never see at other middle eastern/Lebanese restaurants. I absolutely plan on going back."
Dined on 11/22/2013
The food was outstanding,
especially the Baba Gannoush and Fattoush salad. I love that the menu will delight all - from carnivores to vegans. Very nice atmosphere, great for personal or business. Service was great. Will definitely make this one of my regular spots."
Dined on 11/7/2013
Overpriced 4 tiny and I mean tiny
lamp chops with rice and vegetables for $38. Slow service- The dessert was better than both dishes and sides."
Dined on 11/2/2013
We love Lebanese food, but
especially the amazing, celebratory approach they seem to have to the meal experience; this place doesn't have that. The food was quite good (we picked our own mezes) and the Lebanese rose' was excellent, but the service was poor and inattentive and the atmosphere was absent. I expect the staff at any restaurant, but especially Lebanese, to take ownership of the meal experience; we never figured out which person was really our waiter, the food was brought to the table by busboys, and we had to hail people to order more wine. We'll look for a different place next time we're looking for Lebanese food."
Dined on 10/31/2013
we came to New York and looked
online for a middle eastern resturant. we booked this last minute and were pleasantly surprised. The food was great, so was the atmosphere and service was very friendly. We felt like we were treated like family. I would go back."
Dined on 10/18/2013
Good place to taste lebanese food
at fair price in a quiet restaurant."
Dined on 10/18/2013
An expensive and disappointing
evening. Though we asked for recommendations, the food by and large was mediocre. A few items such as hummus with lamb and lamb with pomegranate sauce were good, but the majority were so-so. Specifically, the mixed grill was over cooked and dry, dandelions sauteed in oil were overwhelmingly oily, dumplings stuffed with feta were all dumpling, barely warm. Accompaniments were uninspired - plain vegetables, dry pita. Restaurant did not have three out of six bottles of white Lebanese wine on the list - the one recommended was clearly the also-ran. I had specifically asked not to be seated by a serving area and that is where we were seated - why? I join the others online who say - go somewhere else."
Dined on 10/14/2013
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