Balaboosta
Balaboosta

Balaboosta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balaboostanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2129667366
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30pm-3:30pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Einat Admony
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please call or email us info@balaboostanyc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prince and Spring Streets
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Spring Street
    N R W to Prince Street
    B D F M trains to Broadway/Lafayette
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking garage is located right next to the restaurant.
A word from Balaboosta
The owners of Taïm open a new restaurant in NoLita, with a complete Mediterranean menu and organic wine list.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Balaboosta reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)neighborhood gem (98)romantic (37)special occasion (35)great for lunch (33)great for brunch (33)good for groups (31)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (10)notable wine list (9)scenic view (1)Show More
  • frogloverVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was flavorful, if a bit oily. The waiter gave us our check without being asked to. There was no one waiting for a table at the time. Overall, the food is of a high quality and prepared with interesting spices. Personally, as a vegetarian, I was disappointed with the oily pasta dish. The meat eaters were delighted with their steaks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DelishBirthday65
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We came to celebrate my sister-in-law's 65th Birthday!!! The food and service was absolutely wonderful!!! Our dishes were delicious!!!! We highly recommend Balaboosta!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice flavors
    Tony67
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at Balaboosta Tuesday evening. The crispy cauliflower was was tasty but not very crispy. The fried olives were crispy. Our main courses were very good-grilled lamb chps and saffron fettuccine. Our server was quite helpful as one of us has dietary restrictions. We would definitely return on our next visit to nyc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite satisfying
    Picky
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I thought what I ordered veered on the side of bland. The pita with zaatar was enjoyable but the humus lacked flavor. The salad would've been more balanced with some cucumbers thrown in. I did not like the sun dried tomatoes in the salad personally. The mint tea was not the Moroccan-style flavor that I was expecting. I understand the restaurant draws on flavors from the Middle East but I found it to be lacking in flavor in general. It was not the "delicious" food experience my taste buds were anticipating but more on the bland side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect is right!
    DiningDanVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Balanoosta did not disappoint. Great food -fun to share- and good service in a nice little space. Highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service & Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Hubby and I had a great time dining and drinking at this delicious restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive. My husband said that it was the Best Branzino he ever ate. However, my Skirt steak was absolutely delicious as well. I love authentic ethnic flavors and that's exactly what we got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very unique dishes, great ambience and service, enjoyed it all,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Balaboosta
    EvyNYVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the food and the vibe but the noise level was unbearable. The fish of the day was skate, which was delicious but accompanied by undercooked fingerling potatoes. I think the presentation could have been better. Bottom line : would go back but at a different time. Noise was deafening and for a table of 4 we had a hard time hearing each other which clearly took something away from the experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Keywester
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Fried olives - OMG! Everything was really delicious. Service was terrific. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a 6 Star Rating!!!
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Yes, we're regulars here...but our friend who joined us and had never been to the restaurant before kept saying, "this is the most delicious..." I've ever eaten. Cauliflower, sambusak, a special lamb shoulder empanada, the beet pizza (vegetarians take note!!!), eggplant bruschetta, salmon and a skate special. Every bite was absolutely delicious, and we wish we had had room for dessert. Great, great service. And don't forget the wonderful honey pomegranate iced tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Balaboosta
    Hsstuart
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A trip to NYC would not be complete without a visit to our favorite restaurant. The grilled branzino with couscous was the best I have ever had. Loved the gnocchi, crispy cauliflower, and caramelized banana dessert. Could not have been better. Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the lamb chops were >50% grizzle. the chicken breast was on the dry side. the appetizers and side vegetables were very flavorful and different. the waitress was not exactly warm but she was efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Lamburger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our go to destination for a great lamburger. Have enjoyed this along with the Bravas with za'atar and garlic aioli for some time now. Our table also had the Morrocan Fish Cazuela which was tasty and had a surprising heat to it. Kitchen at times struggles with presenting the lamburger cooked just right which for me is medium rare but they are quick to correct and the result is most often enjoyable. We love this spot and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NY find
    pab2025VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Overall a great experience. Food was delicious and drinks were good too. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Solid
    hf995VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Always a solid Lunch/Brunch spot. These flavorful dishes are reasonably priced. An order of humas is a must!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • all about variety of tastes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I recommend ordering several different courses and dishes, and sharing to enjoy the delicious variety of tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • chlabown
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Came here for brunch with a group of friends on a Saturday. We made a reservation for our group of six. Food was generally pretty good although the eggs in my friends' shakshuka were overcooked. The mediterranean sampler and lamb burger and sandwiches were all great! Zaatar break is super delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Nycfoody
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food with attentive and unhurried service. But the noise level made it difficult to talk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and healthy
    Steven
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food is delicious and very healthy! Service was great. Very enjoyable experience overall. A new NY favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food! Highly Recommended!
    lp116
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food...everything we had was very good or excellent. Worth the money. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow, slightly rude
    jaffey0422VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've been to Balaboosta before for brunch and remembered it fondly. I wish I could say the same for their dinner service. I came in a group of 4 for dinner. We ordered appetizers, small plates and entrees. The appetizers and small plates came strangely. 5 of them together, one 20 minutes later. It just felt like they could have been staggered since the table was tiny. Then the wait came. 40 more minutes passed until our entrees arrived. We had our food was (and politely so) to our waitress. She responded, "It's coming, obviously." When the food came 2 of the 4 entrees were room temperature. The food was good, but the portions were inconsistent. Two people at my table ordered steak and they were completed different size
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mmmm...
    mmmmm
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always loved this place for brunch and now realize it's also amazing for dinner. DELICIOUS.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Extraordinary!!!
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Second time here in the last two weeks - we generally come here at least once every two months. The food keeps getting better and better, including some of the recent changes to some of the old menu standbys. And the service seems even more friendly and professional than before. We went with friends, who'd only been here once. They were blown away. Appetizers included the cauliflower, octopus, calamari special, sambusak (middle eastern empanadas) and the shrimp cazuela. Mains were the lamb chops, lamb kebab special, and the branzino. All the sauces and vegetables/grains that accompanied the mains were perfect matches. It was impossible to eat dessert - we were just too full. Another amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it!
    Eatingnyc
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Interesting menu and flavor combinations. My fish soup with preserved lemon and chick peas in a spicy broth was almost too spicy to eat and I couldn't taste the lemon past the searing hotness. But once I got used to it, it was actually very enjoyable. My companions crispy chicken and couscous salad were tasty and well executed. The homemade minty lemonade was excellent. Service was fantastic until the restaurant got busy and then they left us with our dirty plates for 15 minutes. I'd go back because the room is pretty and the food was interesting enough to try out more options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service!
    Timothy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Were running 45 minutes late for our reservations and they were incrediblely accommodating. Food and service were nothing short of excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Middle Eastern Food
    aimmarVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you want to try a place that isn't very big in size but huge on flavor and the food itself, come to Balaboosta. Any restaurant that can name itself Balaboosta - translation the perfect homemaker, great cook - well you know you're in for a treat. Run, don't walk to make a reservation. You will e beyond pleased and satisfied. Enjoy. Or as we say, ess gezenteheit - translation - eat well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not outstanding
    Dani
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went there on a Friday night, the ambiance was nice, the hostess was very nice and even sat before 1 of my friends arrived, Which was nice. Service was just OK, a bit slow. Food was good but not outstanding, we mainly had fish, it was tasty but not the best one I've had. I think this is a consistent place were you'll ahve a nice dinner, but will not be mind-blowing.
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  • Too good to pass by
    ZCapitan
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    So you walk around NoLiTa and the scene is ultra competitive. If you happen by this place it appears to be nondescript and ultra casual. Do not let the relaxed look fool you, the food is EXCELLENT. Top notch and good exactly to request. The service is friendly, informative, and even for difficult people they will adjust to their requirements without making you feel out of turn. Extremely accommodating. You can't go wrong with any of the meals, but I would recommend the Hummus and the skirt steak (also tried the Market Salad, the Eggplant dish, and the Arctic Char).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a wonderful meal at this restaurant - excellent food. One detail much appreciated was the attention given to my son who is severely gluten intolerant. The staff went out of their way to accommodate his dietary restrictions. High noise level for those who dislike this, but nothing could distract from the food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We eat here at least every couple of months - although with the opening of their sister restaurant, Bar Bolonat (also wonderful), we hadn't been here in a while. IT'S BETTER THAN EVER. Three of us shared the fried olives, the stupendous cauliflower appetizer, the middle eastern version of empanadas (sambusek), the grilled octopus and the bruschetta. All were up to the usual standard - fresh, flavorful and beautifully presented. Then two of us had the red snapper special, while the other had "chicken under a brick". They've slightly revised this dish, with a new salad of corn and favs beans. Scrumptious. And the service here is friendly and professional. Special kudos to our server, Nenad, who made the evening even more special. GO!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really, really good...except...
    yummy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was rushed, even when we told the server we needed more time and wanted to have a cocktail before we ordered. We did overhear the table next to us mention the same thing. The food was excellent and the rest of the team were friendly and attentive. Just beware, you might have to fend off the servers to order-pretty much as soon as you sit down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food of Isreal
    FCFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Well executed and well flavored dishes. Attentive and very helpful staff. Tight space with small tables - folks st the next table were seating too close. Small portions for the prices charged. I would go back again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Food!
    TerryBearVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is what I call Real Food made the best possible way! The Hummus is Ethereal, the best I have ever had! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Mediterranean gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had dinner last week at Balaboosta, introducing old friends to what has become one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We could have made a meal out of the Crispy Cauliflower and the Hummus, but were glad we didn't stop there. The Spice Rubbed Skirt Steak was perfectly done to everyone's liking, it was juicy, tender and the magical spices made every bite delicious. Make reservations as this is a popular dining spot. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything I ate was good
    Margaritalover
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went here with a friend and there was so much on the menu we wanted to try that we ended up splitting small plates and apps. There was not one thing that we tried that wasn't delicious. Got the beat pizza - it was a special but if you have the opportunity to try it I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food, very flavorful. The crispy cauliflower and tuna ceviche special was excellent. The place was completely full by 8:30 which is always a good sign. Definitely would go back.
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  • excellent
    memeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Crispy cauliflower and swiss chard spaghetti were standouts. Overall atmosphere was great. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Exceptional food in a stylish but warm and inviting environment. Standouts were octopus, skirt steak and Bronzino, but everything was innovative, well-prepared and beautifully presented. Love the family photos scattered about. Highly recommended if you want to eat delicious food in a comfortable setting.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique & Delicious Food, Expensive
    kosh57
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    One shared appetizer, 3 entrees, one shared desert, water with lemon to drink. $95 including tax & tip for lunch. Food very tasty and unusual. Service a bit slow. Overpriced. Would not go back unless someone else was picking up the tab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aussie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have dined there before & it was just as good,found it a little bit noisier
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic