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About 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

319 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 759-5933

Website:
http://www.bustanny.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Parking Details Up to 3 hours $10 with validation

Public Transit:
E & V trains to 53rd Street.

Executive Chef:
Elias Ghafary

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant is available for your next event.

Private Party Contact:
Elias Ghafary: (212) 759-5933

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Details
Sun 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Sat 4:00PM - 6:30PM

Al Bustan Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

60% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Cuisine not up to standard of Lebanese restaurants we have dined at in other countries. To get attentive service here it seems you need to be acquainted with the staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Authentic Lebanese food! Everything we ordered was cooked/made to perfection! Amazing desert collection and menu selections. The staff members were fast and courteous.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

classy service. the food was fantastic and I would recommend for sure.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

people not interested in giving a good service at all,
some dishes were forgotten to be served and
the restaurant is always empty with sad athmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Authentic Lebanese food!!
Excellent food and service

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent authentic food. Spacious and nice looking dinning room. They were out of a few things we tried to order, which was a bit disappointing. But I love the food.

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 (Dubai)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Best Lebanese food in New York . Am surprised we never tried it earlier. Strongly recommend for authentic Lebanese food

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This restaurant is one of our favorite places in NYC, and we always stop there every time we are in the city, best falafel in MY and that's saying something!!! All the starters were excellent, anything you want to order, just go ahead, it will be good, if you like Labanese food, you will want to try this hen of a restaurant, the service also great, thank you guys for a lovely evening and great food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The owner and people who work at Al Bustan are really friendly and the restaurant mercifully quiet. But the food was a bit disappointing -- and expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

A great experience, exceptional menu, great food and superb service with personal attention. Highly recommended. Will get back soon.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amazing place. Authentic Lebanese cuisine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Having lived in the Middle East, we often try NY restaurants that remind us of the delicious food of our past. Al Bustan was absolutely delicious - and authentic Lebanese cuisine. Many families of Middle Eastern background came in while we were eating, confirming Al Bustan offers real food of the region.

While their mezzas include familiar dishes, like hummus, it is worth reaching further into Lebanese dishes. The French beans are amazing, soft-cooked in tomatoes and onions, and spiced delicately with cinnamon and cumin - I think. Yum. That was followed by ground lamb in a pomegranate and tomato sauce. Yes - fruity and tart, and unusually satisfying. Our service was great and helpful. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

Of note, we were there on Saturday night and discovered that there is live music starting at 10 p.m.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

wonderful, as always!! fabulous food and service, excellent quality ingredients

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

We happened to be there on a night when they were almost empty, which permitted us and our friends to sit leisurely and comfortably for a very long time, but the food was mediocre at best, they were out of some menu items, and the whole evening had a kind of desultory air. It could well be that they are better when they are busier, but there was nothing about the evening that would encourage us to go back - especially when there are other Lebanese restaurants in that part of town that have better food at lower prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Every single item we ordered was brought out incorrectly. We would order the vegetarian version of something and the meat option was brought out, we ordered beef and they brought lamb, we ordered rice pudding and they brought vanilla pudding. The food tasted good, but it was almost comical that almost every item was incorrect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Food was decent but the service was attentive. The quiet setting allows easy conversation with friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Two people serving the entire rest when I was there , had a shawarma , poor quality

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was really good, grape leaves were amazing, mloukhiyeh was like a homemade one, soup and shawarma were average, tabbouleh was really good. Service is poor even when the place wasn't full. I definitely recommend the atayef and knefeh for dessert, they were great as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Really good food. Worth walking all the way from Park Avenue for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Al Bustan is one of the best Lebanese / Mediterranean restaurants in NYC. The food is consistently excellent, delicious and healthy. The service is great, friendly and they make you feel at home. My whole family enjoys Al Bustan!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Healthy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Spicy, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food great place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

HORRIBLE RESTAURANT. THE OWNER ABUSED US AND THREW US OUT BECAUSE WE ORDERED VEGETARIAN

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Glass was dirty - food quality was very low compare to the prices they charge. Won't go again.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Had a wonderful evening with our group of 7 and everything was perfect. The food is outstanding... don't miss out

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food tasted like hospital food...! So expensive for hospital food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was ok.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Great restaurant. Food and service are both top shelf.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for Valentine's Day dinner but other than the back half of the upstairs being reserved for a private party (which was great to enjoy the music of) it was any other night at the restaurant. The waiter and chef did a very good job catering to two vegans - of course it helps starting with a cuisine that has several options to begin with that are either vegan or easily modified to be vegan. The atmosphere was an elegant mix of exposed brick walls but very nice decorations and color palate. There is a separately available bar and large area downstairs that I assume they would also rent out for private events, and the staff was great to deal with.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Great lunch special and good veg selection!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Terrific, authentic Lebanese food. Great service always.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Probably the worse food I have eaten in a NYC restaurant. Perhaps it was an off night but the $40 grilled lamb chop entree looked like it was being served in a diner. The Cornish hen was overcooked, very dry and served with French fries?!?
We have walked by this restaurant for over a year and thought we would give it a try....now I know why the restaurant is usually empty! Oh and the cost of this meal with only one glass of wine was $150!! Do yourself a favor....walk on by....we will ,

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Horrible experience with the staff. Reservation was for 9:45. Ran about 10 minutes late. Person on the phone kept saying kitchen closes at 10pm but the last reservation spot was for 10pm. Makes no sense. 4/8 of my party arrived. They would not let them order in advance

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The food was average, the price was too much!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Great food and wonderful service in a lovely resturant

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2016

We very much enjoyed our light lunch at Al Bustan. There are lots of good choices for a light lunch and all is very well prepared. Only one issue....the restaurant was almost totally empty but getting a glass of water refilled was challenging. While the espresso was very good and I am sure the Turkish coffee is as well, it is surprising that they don't serve American coffee.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Exceptional Mediterranean cuisine astounding dishes highly recommended

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Once again a wonderful dining experience Look forward to returning

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The food was amazing. Skip the entree and get like 5 things to share. The kibbeh is some of the best i have ever had

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2016

My absolutely favorite place when I travel to NYC for business. The food is amazing and ambiance and service are absolutely great

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 19, 2016

The food was pretty good, Really good actually, the server was attentive and helpful but it's Very expensive for the quantity of the food. As a mediteranean native I knew what I should be getting, it's not the best Lebanese food I've had in a restaurant, that's also why the prices are a too high! And the commute / parking were insane. I would go back, but it would have to be a really special occasion with rich people, not an everyday dinner casual diner with everyday folks.

Tags: Healthy
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