Taboon
Taboon

Taboon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://taboononline.com/
  • Phone: 2127130271
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: brunch 11am - 3:30pm, dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Haim Cohen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can provide semi-private or full use of the restaurant for your party.
  • Private Party Contact: Ayala Hodak 2127130271
  • Entertainment: Monday nights are "Flamenco Chill," featuring live Flamenco music from guitarist Hernan Romero at 8pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 52nd Street
  • Public Transit: C and E trains at 50th Street, 1 train at 50th Street and B and D trains at 7th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public lot is available on 51st or 53rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Street parking is available in front of the restaurant after 7:00pm and on side streets after 6:00pm.
A word from Taboon
Taboon means "oven" in Arabic. Considered the heart of our restaurant, the wood fired Taboon oven delivers freshly prepared specialties that are exotic, healthful and full of flavor. Our trademark "Middle Terranean" cuisine blends the traditions of the Mediterranean with Middle Eastern cuisine using French techniques to create dishes that are uniquely delicious. Visit us at 773 10th Avenue, at the corner of 52nd Street, just steps away from the Theater District to find out what everyone's talking about. And ask us about our brand new PRE-THEATRE PRIX FIXE MENU! Reserve a table with us between 5pm and 6:30pm Monday through Friday and enjoy 3 courses accompanied by our famous fresh-baked-to-order foccacia for only $35 per person!
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Taboon reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (98)fit for foodies (97)romantic (65)special occasion (56)great for outdoor dining (41)good for groups (30)notable wine list (17)hot spot (17)late-night find (16)great for brunch (15)vibrant bar scene (14)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First time there. It was a great place for a romantic dinner. Quite and had enough room to be private. Loved it and the food was excellent! Service was excellent and I'll be returning in the future!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cath
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Creative "Middle East-erranean." Friendly staff. Open setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Keharris
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent! Food service atmosphere, spot on! Great place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Bear
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Every detail was perfect. Great waitress and food was perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taboon is great
    UESguy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was my second time dining at Taboon. We enjoyed our lunch. I really like the Halumi eggs (eggs served in a skillet with traditional Mediterranean garnishes and Halumi cheese), but the best part is the amazing desert! An absolutely fantastic place, but the service could be a bit better (was fine on our first visit, was lacking the second time- maybe it was just one of those days...) but don't let this stop you from visiting and enjoying a true gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    zeus50VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Taboon had such an interesting and delicious menu. Our server was excellent in recommending the highlighted dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Falls short on the entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and had been meaning to try Taboom forever. Lovely atmosphere, if a tad loud, and very friendly waitress. However, for a restaurant of this caliber, fatty, gristly lamb chops (the priciest entree on the menu, at $36) are unacceptable. The "vegetarian grill" was similarly disappointing, with greasy vegetables and a handful of greasy dumplings purporting to be gnocchi. Homemade bread was excellent. We'd go back for wine, bread and hummus, but wouldn't waste our money on another full meal here. 44 and X down the road is a better choice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    food great, tables too close together and low ceilings caused a high noise level.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I travel to NY often for work. Taboon is a favorite place to go because of it's wonderful menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointing evening
    Ralphknows
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After dining at Taboon many times, we were disappointed by the ineptitude of our waitress. She was being "trained" and really didn't know what she was doing. After several mishaps, including a cold dish that was supposed to be hot and a incorrect cocktail, we complained to one of the hostesses, and received an experience waitress, who was most professional. However, we thought the use of someone new should be closely supervised until she had proven herself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hell's Kitchen Hot Oven Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Second time having brunch at Taboon in a month. On both occasions all the staff were gracious and accommodating. The unique cocktail list is inventive and delicious; I love the Nefertiti's Kiss cocktail - delicious. I must try for dinner. I am sure it will not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lookingforspecialmealsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lovely atmosphere, with good food - we really appreciate that the tables are not crammed together!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    gingerbeertrick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server was fantastic and friendly. Part of our party arrived very late, and we needed to leave in short order to see a play, but she was great about making sure our dishes came out quickly and even giving us time updates towards the end of the (very delicious) meal. Bonus points for an excellent foie gras, which was very much enjoyed by our Californian guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Mediterranean food
    FoodwomanVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Always fabulous., delicious. Makes me wish we could eat there more often. Only complaint is that I wish they would give a larger portion of Tzatizki for $4. Charge $5 and double the size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FJM
    Frank
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall good food but very spotty service. Our server disappeared from time to time. We had to flag her down to order coffee well after our dessert was finished. Also, our server recommended the lamb chops medium rare - I would have called them raw. Disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great pre theatre
    ilovetheatre
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was tasty. Well presented, quite delicious. The servers were knowledgeable and attentive and mindful of our time constraints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived ten minutes late to our reservation, and our table had already been given away. We sat at the bar instead, which was fine, but if they are really so strict about their reservation times they should make it known ahead of time. Usually there is a 15 min grace period. Service was friendly, especially the lovely bartender. The food was good, especially the Zucchini cakes, if not amazing. A decent dinner, but there's more exciting Middle Eastern/Levantine food elsewhere in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Fit for foodies special menu. Everything was excellent including the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, excellent!
    NYCTINA
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The ceviche is out of this world, and the bread is on my list of "If I had only one last meal....."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went there for pre theater dinner. Prix fixe. Great presentation and flavor. Service was decent, but not the best. If you go for pre theater, go at least 90 mins early. Waited a while for dessert and was 15 min late for show. I prob wouldn't go again, but really glad I went once. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    a truly wonderful experience with excellent, clean food along with great service, attending to us with such ease and pleasure. Have been going back over the years and it has remained equal to the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant! A+
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Everything was great - food, drinks, service, and ambience were an A+ I went with another couple and all 4 of us loved this place and will definitely be returning. Food was amazing. The atmosphere was intimate and classy, but not pretentious. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance!
    Wen124
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ambiance is great. Food is delicious with good portion size. Only complaint I have is that our waitress was always missing. Had to ask various times for refills on our drinks and never asked us if we were ready to pay. We got desperate to leave and just handed the credit card.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish!
    einathmazafi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Its only our second time but we are in love. ambiance is so nice, it is not noisy and food is just mouthwatering. we ate SO MUCH since we couldn't decide what to order.... so kinda ordered too much but still, we couldn't leave anything on the plate. LOVED it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed Taboon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We tried Taboon during restaurant week. The staff was very nice and attentive. The RW menu had great selections and we both enjoyed the dishes we chose (Hanger Steak and Grilled Vegetable entrée) Our server was very helpful with questions and recommendations. We will definitely go back and will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is fresh and original but the portions are small. Romantic and good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific
    mimaguy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place is beautiful. The bartender was very personable and made very delicious drinks. After we were seated at a table, the magic began. Everything we ordered was amazing. The hanger steak was so delicious and the sila for dessert, let's just say I could eat it by the gallon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Unbelievably delicious meal and perfectly made drinks. Service was good. Can't wait to go back again for the food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrsExpat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I would agree with other comments that the food at Taboon is a little on the pricey side for the area - meze $14 plus $4.50 for the bread and $30+ for the mains, so not a cheap meal. However, the food was very tasty, perfectly cooked, authentic and nicely presented, the service was good and we did have a very enjoyable evening. I would certainly go back as a neighbourhood gem. My branzino was lovely and succulent, the bread was moorish and my husband enjoyed his lamb dish, also the scallops with spinach and fried quails eggs. We did enjoy each and every course and found ourselves happily reminiscing over holidays spent in Turkey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week find
    BTVDININGGAL
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a girl's night out at Taboon, dining in the open air. The homemade bread with hummus and other spreads was a delightful, complementary beginning to our meal. We shared different appetizers, main courses, and deserts from the restaurant week menu and were pleasantly rewarded for trying so many of the dishes. The beet salad was particularly good and we really enjoyed the salmon, as well. Service was friendly and well-paced. We appreciated our server's willingness to bring a different glass of wine if we didn't enjoy our choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a great dinner experience prior to theater. Service and food were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated !!!!!!
    OverRated
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was so over priced and overrated. The service sucked. The menu wa so so, the food was not great at all. It had tourist trap feel and my friend and It felt like we were the only native new yorkers there. I will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • medium rare duck, or not
    dne99
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Restaurant week at Taboon was hopping on a Monday night. The menu offered an unexpected modern twist to middle eastern cuisine. The homemade focaccia and three dips for the table began the meal with a tasteful start. The tender duck breast entrées took center stage as the difference between medium and medium rare was indistinguishable to our eyes on our two orders, and yet, we were "corrected" by our food server who confidently identified which was which---this, after asking us which we ordered! Graciously, the manager discounted our entire ticket, to the credit of our waitress who promptly made the request on our behalf. Otherwise, the evening was a success. Warning, the Silan is very very sweet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great blend of flavours
    JenEmm
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A great blend of Italian and Mediterranean. Taboon was recommended to me by a friend and we decided to give it a try for lunch. The bottomless mimosa was a nice way to start the day! We each ordered the eggs shakshuka. The dish was served in a skillet and had the perfect amount of spicy heat to it. The side of homemade focaccia was a better choice to pair with the meal than the challah that came with the eggs. The homemade focaccia is heavenly. It's bursting with flavour, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Served hot and fresh from the taboon oven, I could have eaten this alone for lunch! It was a nice ambiance and we will 100% return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and date night spot
    KWFoodies
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    How could you say no to a space where most of the food is made from the coal oven.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great bartender
    Casualdiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We got to our reservation early, so we decided to have a drink at the bar. The bartender was very friendly, and she was super-accommodating when I didn't like the specialty drink I ordered. We were lucky to get a spot at the bar because some of the bar spots were reserved for dining reservations. When our friends showed up, we were seated at a nice table in the corner between a window and the counter separating the wood burning oven ( where they make the bread) from the dining area. I was very happy with our table. We went for restaurant week, and the food was quite tasty. I recommend the shrimp in filo as an appetizer, and the fondant dessert was scrumptious. The table service was average. Overall we had a very pleasant evening at Taboon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience!
    Up4anything
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The first time we ate here we sat at the bar because we did not have a reservation. It was a very pleasant experience all around. I've been back several times. The food is always delicious!! The trio appetizer served with a soft and warm flat bread is a must! The knaffe dessert, is something I would not normally order. My friend insisted on it and now I crave it!! The decor is lovely- romantic with a touch of Mediterranean influence. All around a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We ate here during restaurant week. We had a really early reservation, but were allowed to enjoy a leisurely meal. The food was delicious, and the staff even recommended a cucumber dish so that I could try the spreads they place on each table without eating the bread. The cocktails were great, too!
    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.
  • Middle Eastern Find
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The dinner was good. I would like to go back to to try the grilled calamari and other appetizers. My beet salad was delicious, the salmon was good and I liked the artichokes. I especially liked the babaganoush and yogurt dip, the hummus was a little bland. The staff is terrific and right there for you and very accommodating. The place is happy and lively with nice big windows and outside dining. We all enjoyed our meal and our experience at Taboon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fern
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I took advantage of Restaurant week to try Taboon. We had a great experience and would definitely return. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate