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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.
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.
Excellent Lebanese cuisine, best in NYC and possibly the country.
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.
Very authentic Lebanese food. Their nammoura (dessert) is to die for!!
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.
great place to eat, nice service and great food.
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.
Authentic Lebanese food! Everything we ordered was cooked/made to perfection! Amazing desert collection and menu selections. The staff members were fast and courteous.
classy service. the food was fantastic and I would recommend for sure.
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
Authentic Lebanese food!!
Excellent food and service
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.
Best Lebanese food in New York . Am surprised we never tried it earlier. Strongly recommend for authentic Lebanese food
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!
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.
A great experience, exceptional menu, great food and superb service with personal attention. Highly recommended. Will get back soon.
Amazing place. Authentic Lebanese cuisine.
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.
wonderful, as always!! fabulous food and service, excellent quality ingredients
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.
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.
Food was decent but the service was attentive. The quiet setting allows easy conversation with friends.
Two people serving the entire rest when I was there , had a shawarma , poor quality
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.
Really good food. Worth walking all the way from Park Avenue for lunch.
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!
Great food great place
HORRIBLE RESTAURANT. THE OWNER ABUSED US AND THREW US OUT BECAUSE WE ORDERED VEGETARIAN
Glass was dirty - food quality was very low compare to the prices they charge. Won't go again.
Had a wonderful evening with our group of 7 and everything was perfect. The food is outstanding... don't miss out
Food tasted like hospital food...! So expensive for hospital food!
Food was ok.
Great restaurant. Food and service are both top shelf.
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.
Great lunch special and good veg selection!
Terrific, authentic Lebanese food. Great service always.
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 ,
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
The food was average, the price was too much!!!
Al Bustan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 759-5933.
Al Bustan is rated 4 stars by 380 OpenTable diners.