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Al Bustan
Al Bustan

Al Bustan Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bustanny.com
  • Phone: (212) 759-5933
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Elias Ghafary
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: 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
  • Entertainment: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
  • Public Transit: E & V trains to 53rd Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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