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Al Bustan

4.0
4
380 Reviews
$31 to $50
Lebanese

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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Menu

Lunch Express

Monday - Saturday 11Am to 4Pm

  • Chef's Special$24.00

    Chef's selections of five appetizers Choice of Kafta, Shish Taok or Grilled Salmon Dessert

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    What 380 people are saying

    Overall ratings and reviews

    4.0
    4.0 based on all time ratings
    • 4.0Food
    • 3.8Service
    • 3.9Ambience
    • 3.6Value

    NoiseQuiet

    83% of people would recommend it to a friend

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    1. R

      Rich

      London

      19 reviews

      vip
      3.0

      19 reviews

      Dined on February 17, 2018

      overall3food4service3ambience2

      We booked at Al Bustan based on reviews we read, the restaurant did not live up to our expectations. While the food was good the ambience left a lot to be desired and the service was quite strange. We did enjoy the food but we thought it was rather expensive for what we ordered. I will not be going back to Al Bustan.

    2. F

      Foodie123

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on February 10, 2018

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      We were there on a Sat night and I think it caters more to a business crowd, so it was very quiet, which we liked. Food was delicious and waiter very nice. Good vegetarian options.

    3. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      San Francisco

      1 review

      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on February 2, 2018

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Excellent Lebanese cuisine, best in NYC and possibly the country.

    4. JF

      JoshF

      New York Area

      13 reviews

      vip
      1.0

      13 reviews

      Dined on February 1, 2018

      overall1food1service1ambience1

      One of the worst meals I’ve ever had. The restaurant was empty, we were literally the only people seated. Bar was closed and the service was terrible. The food was old and wilted.

    5. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      6 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      6 reviews

      Dined on January 13, 2018

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Very authentic Lebanese food. Their nammoura (dessert) is to die for!!

    6. KH

      KatraH

      New York Area

      1 review

      vip
      5.0

      1 review

      Dined on December 23, 2017

      overall5food5service4ambience5

      Al Bustan is delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine. Extremely fresh ingredients that feels indulgent and healthy at the same time. My half-Lebanese husband had the best birthday meal here and I highly recommend it to everyone.

    7. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on December 8, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      great place to eat, nice service and great food.

    8. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New England

      1 review

      3.0

      1 review

      Dined on November 4, 2017

      overall3food3service2ambience3

      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.

    9. AR

      AmaniR

      New York Area

      4 reviews

      5.0

      4 reviews

      Dined on October 28, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    10. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      1 review

      4.0

      1 review

      Dined on October 24, 2017

      overall4food4service4ambience3

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

    11. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      Miami

      1 review

      1.0

      1 review

      Dined on October 15, 2017

      overall1food1service1ambience2

      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

    12. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      4 reviews

      4.0

      4 reviews

      Dined on October 13, 2017

      overall4food4service4ambience4

      Authentic Lebanese food!! Excellent food and service

    13. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      5 reviews

      3.0

      5 reviews

      Dined on September 19, 2017

      overall3food4service3ambience4

      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.

    14. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      Dubai

      2 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on September 16, 2017

      overall5food5service3ambience4

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

    15. SW

      SameeraW

      New York Area

      55 reviews

      5.0

      55 reviews

      Dined on August 18, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience4

      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!

    16. JB

      JBjb

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      3.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on August 12, 2017

      overall3food3service4ambience4

      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.

    17. J

      James

      Washington DC

      24 reviews

      5.0

      24 reviews

      Dined on August 9, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    18. M

      Mshuayto

      Detroit

      3 reviews

      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined on July 22, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Amazing place. Authentic Lebanese cuisine.

    19. j

      jvansch

      New York Area

      53 reviews

      vip
      4.0

      53 reviews

      Dined on July 15, 2017

      overall4food5service4ambience4

      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.

    20. CB

      ChrisB

      New York Area

      36 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      36 reviews

      Dined on June 16, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    21. LG

      LetsGoMets

      New York Area

      32 reviews

      vip
      3.0

      32 reviews

      Dined on June 12, 2017

      overall3food3service4ambience4

      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.

    22. KB

      KatieB

      New York Area

      16 reviews

      2.0

      16 reviews

      Dined on June 8, 2017

      overall2food3service1ambience4

      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.

    23. KC

      KeithC

      New York Area

      5 reviews

      3.0

      5 reviews

      Dined on June 7, 2017

      overall3food3service4ambience3

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

    24. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      Las Vegas

      6 reviews

      vip
      2.0

      6 reviews

      Dined on May 30, 2017

      overall2food2service2ambience3

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

    25. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      2 reviews

      4.0

      2 reviews

      Dined on May 27, 2017

      overall4food4service2ambience4

      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.

    26. s

      smallstate

      New York Area

      3 reviews

      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined on May 19, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    27. FV

      FoodieV

      New York Area

      9 reviews

      5.0

      9 reviews

      Dined on May 18, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience4

      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!

    28. j

      johnc

      Miami

      14 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      14 reviews

      Dined on May 13, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great food great place

    29. GB

      GB99

      New York Area

      1 review

      1.0

      1 review

      Dined on April 22, 2017

      overall1food1service1ambience1

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

    30. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      Palm Springs

      1 review

      2.0

      1 review

      Dined on April 10, 2017

      overall2food2service3ambience1

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

    31. D

      Dbf22

      New York Area

      148 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      148 reviews

      Dined on April 6, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    32. S

      Samandfari2015

      New York Area

      6 reviews

      1.0

      6 reviews

      Dined on April 1, 2017

      overall1food1service3ambience3

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

    33. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      26 reviews

      vip
      3.0

      26 reviews

      Dined on March 3, 2017

      overall3food3service4ambience3

      Food was ok.

    34. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      San Diego

      3 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      3 reviews

      Dined on February 27, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great restaurant. Food and service are both top shelf.

    35. TX

      2TXAngels

      Austin

      102 reviews

      vip
      4.0

      102 reviews

      Dined on February 14, 2017

      overall4food4service4ambience4

      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.

    36. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      7 reviews

      vip
      5.0

      7 reviews

      Dined on January 26, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Great lunch special and good veg selection!

    37. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      4 reviews

      5.0

      4 reviews

      Dined on January 20, 2017

      overall5food5service5ambience5

      Terrific, authentic Lebanese food. Great service always.

    38. K

      Kathcg

      Austin

      16 reviews

      vip
      2.0

      16 reviews

      Dined on January 15, 2017

      overall2food2service4ambience4

      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 ,

    39. OT

      OpenTable Diner

      New York Area

      1 review

      1.0

      1 review

      Dined on January 2, 2017

      overall1food2service1ambience2

      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

    40. B

      Brasil

      Indiana

      6 reviews

      1.0

      6 reviews

      Dined on January 1, 2017

      overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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