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4.0
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3.8
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3.9
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3.6
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vipRich
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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.

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Foodie123
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JF
vipJoshF
New York Area
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KH
vipKatraH
New York Area
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place to eat, nice service and great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
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.

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AmaniR
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Lebanese food!!
Excellent food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dubai
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

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SameeraW
New York Area
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!

JB
JBjb
New York Area
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.

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James
Washington DC
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.

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Mshuayto
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Authentic Lebanese cuisine.

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vipjvansch
New York Area
52 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.

CB
vipChrisB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
vipLetsGoMets
New York Area
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.

KB
KatieB
New York Area
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.

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KeithC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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smallstate
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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FoodieV
New York Area
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!

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vipjohnc
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great place

GB
GB99
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
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.

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vipDbf22
New York Area
146 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

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Samandfari2015
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food and service are both top shelf.

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vip2TXAngels
Austin
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch special and good veg selection!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, authentic Lebanese food. Great service always.

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vipKathcg
Austin
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 ,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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

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Brasil
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

FAQs

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.