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Bar Bolonat

Bar Bolonat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbolonatny.com
  • Phone: (212) 390-1545
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday
    Dinner 5.30pm-10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Israeli, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of 12th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bar Bolonat
Located in the West Village, Bar Bolonat offers an exuberant celebration of modern Mediterranean and new Israeli cuisines. Bold flavors and spices are staples on Chef Einat Admony’s playful, seasonally-inspired menu. Sharing is encouraged when selecting from small plates, appetizers and entrees. Menu offerings change often, and we use local, seasonal, sustainably harvested produce where possible.

The Wine list features an array of small production from various Mediterranean countries, including Israeli wines, high-quality selections with an emphasis on traditional and natural winemaking. Our wine list is hand-chosen for flavor, uniqueness and tradition.

Bar Bolonat can host parties for up to 20 guests in the private dining room, and the full restaurant is available for large private functions for lunch or dinner. The full restaurant can accommodate up to 55 guests for seated events and up to 75 guests for cocktail receptions.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Bar Bolonat boasts incredible Israeli dishes that are all uniformly well presented and arrives fast. We also had a couple of cocktails that were well made(yallah). Our waiter was friendly and efficient; overall I liked the neighborhood and the restaurant and would be returning again ."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent. However, the service was very poor, and the kitchen seemed to forget about our table. The table to the side of us who came after us got their food first, and when our main dishes came out, the pasta was cold. They ended up taking it off the bill, but the service could definitely improve."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is certainly a hot spot...Food is incredible."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our server was excellent! My girlfriend is vegan and he kindly came back to our table with additional information, without being asked, that was a great help. The food was very good (I'm not vegan or vegetarian) and the ambiance was romantic, low lighting but not too dark, a bit noisy (it is on the small side) but not overly so. The kitchen is in plain view and unlike most others where chaos rules this kitchen was almost serene and the place was almost full. Bravo!! We will be back again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Seating is tight and the acoustics are terrible but the food is absolutely sensational!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Capturing an imaginative take on the hottest Mediterranean dishes. Great dining and it doesn't require a trip to Tel Aviv!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was beyond fantastic. Loved everything we ordered."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Very unique and vibrant flavors throughout all of the dishes. The shrimp in particular was amazing. The staff was wonderful and balanced being helpful without being pushy. Wine list had some very interesting Israeli and Moroccan wines of which we enjoyed the latter. Overall a wonderful experience and we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious! Servings are small but it's better to try several of the small plates than just an entree. The room was low key and had a nice ambiance. Service was fine - nothing special."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great Israeli food! Get the cauliflower and the artichokes. Fine dining from the owners of Taim and Balaboosta. GO NOW. A little bit difficult to get the reservation"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Chef Einat has done it again. For vegetarians in this city, Bar Bolonat is a wonderful place to escape the hassle of having enough choices to craft an beautiful meal. Personal favorites include the succulent Japanese Eggplant, the refreshing Green Fatush, and the delicate Grilled Baby Artichokes. Every dish was prepared with so much care, detail and love that you wish you could spend all evening gathered around that table. The service is top notch and both dining experiences there have been exquisite. I can't wait to share this experience with more and more friends."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Seems they're still working out the kinks here as we waited a while to order drinks and place an order. So long, in fact, that other people's orders were mistakenly dropped by our table TWICE before our waiter could even get to us. Happened to the tables next to us, too. Once she did take our order, she forgot what we said. Some of the dishes also showed up lukewarm, though it wasn't clear if that was intentional or not. The $15 drinks were tasty, but not out of this world."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit since they opened, and we decided to try as many of the small plates and appetizers as we could. Everything was absolutely great: Jerusalem bagel, fried olives, asparagus and scallions, kibbeh with preserved lemon yogurt, cauliflower, shrimp with curry, and the artichokes with pistachios. We literally locked the plates clean. And for dessert we had to have the halvah creme brûlée, which ranks as one of the best new desserts we've had in a long time. Friendly and professional service. Not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • " A 40-minute wait for a table and a seemingly inexperienced host who offered drinks but at one point suggested we book for another night. (The reservation was made almost a month in advance.) Mgr, Terese (sp?) finally moved things along, creating a four-top and served complimentary champagne & deep fried olives, which put us in a much better frame of mind to enjoy what turned out to be an excellent meal. We grazed thru a series of small satisfying dishes. The mains at nearby tables looked good. Finished with 3 desserts for 4, two of which were on the house. Good if not perfect ratings, much due to the swift, friendly and professional actions of the manager and staff. (And we'll forgive the host's inexperience!)"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We thought the food ranged from ok, (dorade) to fantastic (bulgur kibbeh appetizer, and the squab entree, and desserts), with appetizers (and desserts) better than entrees in general. We went for a birthday celebration, but were seated in a dim, underground room that looked like a bunker, which was so noisy we couldn't hear ourselves speak to each other; truly the level of a din. Not that the upstairs room was any quieter, possibly even noisier Not only could we not hear each other, we could not hear the waiter explaining the food and the menu. There is obviously a happening scene here, with everyone looking happy and enjoying the food. But it would be hard for us to recommend this restaurant without major warnings about noise levels."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant upon hearing the good reviews. We showed up a little early for our reservation and that was no problem. We were seated immediately and that was the best part of dinner. Service was so slow, we thought it must have have a soft opening. It took over 25 minutes for each dish to come out of the kitchen. The food was fair at best. Nothing memorable. We left hungry. Will not return."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We went for dinner at 9pm on a Friday with a reservation. We were promptly seated downstairs. Though tastefully decorated, it was a little "close" in there and felt somewhat like sitting in a very decorative shipping container. No insult, though! We shared multiple small and medium plates with one entree (hand cut pasta). The fried olives were a delicious and unique start. We moved on to the artichoke, a solid choice. We continued with the Zabzi Tagine (beef cheek) which was succulent and outstanding - must try. The Shrimp in Yemenite Curry was incredible - very creative with layers of flavor. Last, the hand cut pasta - tasty and different. We finished with the creme brulee, wonderful. Great meal, and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is not your everyday, run of the mill, fare. The restaurant has a straight-forward menu that covers most palates. Well cooked, and well presented, in a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Overall I found my Bar Bolonat experience a little disappointing. The hostess sat my party of three in the windowless basement area, which has about five tables. You're completely cut off down there from the vibrant street-level scene upstairs. Our waiter took my drink order first, entered it into the computer, then didn't take the other two drink orders until five minutes later. As a result my drink came to the table minutes before my friends', which struck me as odd. He was generally a little unfriendly and when it came to order dessert we had a number of questions about what certain words meant on the menu which he grumpily answered. The food: ok. Not great. Disappointing fattoush, good bagel and gelato. Kibbeh were a little dry."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Had Been to Balaboosta ten or mor times and looking forward to Bar Bolanat. Food is excellent and great location. A little higher price point, but worth it. Will take others next time and introduce the, as we did at Balaboosta."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great middle eastern food.Innovative with great presentation. Terrific service"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food is perfect--delicious and creative. A great meal. Wine selection is top notch. Loved everything."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Good but not great. The food is interesting but somewhat overpriced. Not a restaurant I'd add to my favorites list."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "As a big fan of Taim and Balaboosta I was really looking forward to my first meal here. Good news: the food is great! Bad news: the space feels very cramped, and the service seems geared toward getting you in and out as quickly as possible. Tapas-style small plates are brought out in very rapid succession, and with such small tables there's not enough room for more than two at a time. So if you've ordered 3 or 4 or more you have to wolf them down to make space for the new arrival. This majorly detracted from my enjoyment of the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went to Bar Bolonat because it showed up on one of my foodie lists. The food was really good - my kudos to the chef! However you can see they are still a new spot and pulling it together. There was an area in the front that there were no seats because they didn't have the licensing. The waitress forgot our artichoke order until we reminded her. (artichokes are my favorite food. oops) Felt a little packed in, but I think when they get things together this spot will be great. The closest thing to a perfect bite was the Poussin, but I still want to return to try others. Shows potential. Worth the visit. Working out the kinks. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "If you like Balaboosta, you'll love Bar Bolanat. The menu is interesting and well edited. There aren't many choices, but everything is outstanding and the menu is meant to be shared. The ambience is intimate & the overall feel of the place....Perfect!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We're regular Balaboosta diners, so we were really looking forward to our first visit to Bolonat. We were blown away. The food is wonderful, using some of the same, and many new, ingredients as at Balaboosta. Appetizers included the best kibbeh preparation we've ever tasted, with a preserved lemon yogurt that was sublime, a delicious fattoush salad, and a wonderful artichoke dish. Main courses were a delicious, tender lamb dish and a wonderful minute steak (not like anything we ever had growing up) serves with "Asian tahini" - soy sauce makes it slightly sweet. Desserts - halvah creme brûlée (don't miss this!) and sufganiyot - lightly fried doughnuts, served warm, filled with a delicious chocolate filling. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We were not expecting a great dining experience after being greeted by a competent but monotone host. Our waiter Idan, from Tel Aviv changed everything. He was super friendly and really knows the menu well. Since the four of us were sharing everything he made suggestions on what was good to share and not to. The food was prepared and presented well and very tasty. We ordered a lot of dishes to try and really appreciated that the kitchen sent one out at a time - never rushing us. Definitely will be going back. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this place. Great food, good vibes, and neighborhood feel. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Ate here expecting a restaurant on par with balaboosta, their sister restaurant. The food quality was nowhere as good and the price point considerably higher. I was happy with the service but I expected much better food. Their chicken dish, which at balaboosta is excellent, was bland and greasy here. For 31 bucks, a total disappointment. Location is probably the reason for high prices, but you should deliver food quality to warrant those prices; especially from an accomplished chef as here. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent food, with a menu that is particularly welcoming for vegetarians. The cauliflower and fattoush salad were both outstanding as was the pasta entree. The only deviation from near perfection was the chocolate felafel: it delivered a nice chocolate intensity but the texture of the felafel was offputting and the dish probably requires some contrast in flavor or temperature. Overall, I felt this place was excellent and I look forward to returning."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "THIS PLACE IS SO GOOD. the cauliflower/bamba thing. Do it."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have eaten at Balaboosta several times and were aware of the chef's skillful preparations. Everything we had was excellent. The combination of flavors was well thought out and skillfully executed. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "not a fan of this restaurant. we ordered 6 dishes, 5 were fried in some form or another. shrimp curry very creamy and lacking in flavour. felt greasy after leaving which was not what I expected going in to it. plenty more options in the area. would not return. approx $50/head."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "As an Israeli native, I was excited to come try out the new spot from an Israeli chef. Unfortunately, I left disappointed. The place was only open for 3 weeks, so I hope that as times goes by, they will improve, because there is great potential. Let's start with the positive - the Green Fatush Salad was delicious, so were the fried olives, and the halva creme brulee was delicious. Unfortunately, the pasta dish was terrible, and way too salty. The steak was ok, but too sweet. The artichoke appetizer was just ok. We were three hungry guys & we did not feel satisfied - we do understand it's a tapas style serving, but still. The service was really good and the waitress was genuinely interested in our feedback so they could improve for future. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Refined Israeli food- fresh , vibrant flavors. Gets loud and busy after 7- so if you want buzz with Your food go late."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "First off, the food is absolutely delicious. That is why I would go back. But first, the pacing needs major work. Everything comes out at once--"as the chef prepares it". Why can't the chef do the courses in the way you order them instead of 5 dishes--appetizers, mains, etc coming at once? We felt overwhelmed and had to send our main courses back to give us breathing room. And as the night wore on, it became way too loud. A little soundproofing would go a long way. With these changes, it will be a fabulous restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Very tasty Israeli/Middle Easter treats. This place is very popular right now, so get there early if you don't want to wait for a table. Small plates are quite small, pricey, but tasty. Try the chocolate falafel dessert!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Chef Einat is a gracious host who has transformed mediterranean cooking into a high-class culinary spectacle. Spring for the artichokes (fresh and crunchy, packed with flavor atop a pistachio spread), the cauliflower, and the tender lamb. The baklava dessert (served with the most incredible, jaw droppingly delicious tea flavored ice cream) is worth every calorie."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Who knew that cauliflower could be so interesting and that Bamba is more than just an Israeli snack. Everything we tasted was fresh and interesting and new. We went on a rainy, cold windy night and it was a perfect cozy place to spend a few hours sharing small plates. Looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014