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Balaboosta

4.3
1128 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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About

Balaboosta - A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife, homemaker, wonderful mother, cook & gracious hostess. She does it all and she does it well!

Step into Einat’s home away from home decorated in rustic details and vintage family photos. This “Mediterranean meets Middle East” restaurant has a diverse and playful menu that draws inspiration from Chef/Owner Einat Admony's Israeli roots. Here at Balaboosta, Einat will literally and figuratively fill the role of a traditional Balaboosta.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30pm-3:30pm

Brunch:
Saturday-Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 966-7366
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Einat Admony
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prince and Spring Streets
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Parking details
A parking garage is located right next to the restaurant.
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Public transit
6 train to Spring Street
N R W to Prince Street
B D F M trains to Broadway/Lafayette
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Special events & promotions
Please call or email us events@balaboostanyc.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Noisy but enjoyable and different. To be honest a little overpriced compared to others we dined at given the relative levels but still an enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Perfect for a date

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We came in for brunch and had wonderful cocktails and delicious food. I had the shakshuka, which did not disappoint. There were a number of items on the menu that I would have been happy to eat -- always a good sign. The service was impeccable. I will continue to return to Balaboosta.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Balaboosta with attentive service and really delicious Mediterranean fare!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Delicious!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Our food was absolutely incredible! We had the octopus salad, Israeli street fair (yum!) and the skirt steak. Everything was on point with taste! Server wasn't the most attentive or friendliest but that didn't impact us. Can't wait to be back!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was so delicious, reasonable, and the service was great.

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Everything was generally fine, except one of our starters was completely forgotten about. When we raised the issue it came out with our entrees, as well as an apology from the waiter who didn't hesitate to claim responsibility. So I was very surprised when the bill arrived that the item wasn't omitted. Just not exactly what I would expect from Balaboosta.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Just a really pleasant place. Food was terrific, room is very well designed, staff couldn't have been nicer. The slightly "different" nature of the food made it interesting - there was a pasta dish unlike anything I've ever had before.
I've already recommended it to a number of people. Im anxious to try the other restaurants affiliated with Balaboosta

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

A favorite. Consistent, delicious, fresh food and friendly service

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2017

The food was very good and it's a cute spot, but the service was strange. The waitress had absolutely no personality and could not engage. We heard other tables trying to ask her questions and involve her in their decisions and there was just nothing there, a blank stare. The bus boy was a little too eager to fill up water and wine glasses that didn't need filling up. There was a guy who helped us with wine and seemed to actaully have thoughts and opinions and know some things about the menu so that was good.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

We had a great experience in Balaboosta! I had be waiting to try this restaurant since a long time and it lived up to my expectations ! Excelent service, amazing food and drinks! We are definitely coming back.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Way over priced. Food just ok- nothing special
Service not great.... long wait in between courses.
Too loud to talk with the rest of our group without screaming. Completely overrated!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent service and food. Best hummus I've eaten. Very creative cuisine

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2017

And that will be my very last visit to this once-great restaurant. The food remains wonderful but the portions -- especially the appetizers -- have become microscopic, even too small for two people to share. The past few times we've tried to visit, the hosts were absolutely obnoxious. Not so this time, but there's an air of arrogance that pervades the restaurant. Too many other great places to eat in this city. . .

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a great evening here. Unique combinations of flavors, great cocktails and wine, and very attentive but not overbearing service.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I go about once a year since opening. I Always take new friends and no one has ever been disapointed. The food is different and absolutely delicious. Very creative cuisine.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2017

The food was amazing and the restaurant was incredibly intimate. However, I was surprised that our server never came back to the table and check-in on us after she took our order. Also, because the restaurant is very intimate, seating can be tight.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Always visit when I'm in NYC. Comforting atmosphere and food.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Amazing Israeli food experience

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

The food and service was good, pricey but good. I just didn't like being seated right in front of the kitchen window area. I really took away from the ambiance of the place. There was always a waiter walking by the table with something in their hands, I was scared i was going to hit someone by accident.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Food was outstanding, service was quick. Loved trying different quartinos of wine.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Order the cauliflower! Fried olives! Hummus!
It's all excellent.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Good neo Israeli food. Nice decoration brasserie/library style.

The services is friendly with a mix of real waiter and plate dropper.

Two main critics: Very noisy and expensive for Mediterranean food.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Good inventivefood( israeli middle eastern)
Attentive caring staff
But the room lacks warmth, is noisy even though a smallish space. And evethough we could have been spread out more we were placed in close proximity to other dinners, when there were lots of tables available to give us all more privacy...

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Fabulous fabulous food! My husband and I are world travelers and Balaboosta is one of the best meals we've ever had anywhere. What a great experience!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Delicious meal!! Highly recommend the lamb burger and the sampler.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Great as always. One of my go to spots in NYC. The staff is great, always friendly and helpful. Love this place.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2017

The fish didnt come out as described had to send it back for another dish.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Balaboosta used to be exceptional but now it is merely good. It's vegetarian small plates were especially disappointing and did not deliver anything special for $16 a plate.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2017

Superb couscous - only available on Tuesday nights, and we'd been looking forward to this meal for a long time. There are two choices of what to have with the couscous - we had short rib (tender and flavorful - superb) and fish (moist and perfectly flavored). The couscous was light and fluffy, and the three side dishes that come with each couscous order were absolutely delicious.

Truly a treat. Can't wait for the opening of the couscous restaurant that will become part of the empire of restaurants owned and operated by THE "Balaboosta" herself, Einat Admony.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Food delicious. Atmosphere and overall enjoyment was affected by a large family with noisy kids and loud technology. Surprised staff didn't ask them to quiet down.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Really good experience. We started with the hummus, which is served in a mortar and pestle. It comes with warm pita that is topped with zatar. Excellent. We also enjoyed the crispy cauliflower, the half chicken and the brisket. I'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Excellent.

But very noisy, which seems to be the norm in NYC.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2017

The food and service were good. Small portions. High prices. Limited menu.

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Very disappointed with this return visit. We used to love this place (as a reliably good place to go for birthdays, etc.) , but the food was so-so and the drop-off in quality disheartening. Prices, of course, higher. Cost-cutting everwhere apparent in changes to the menu, and the execution was not good. A side of sauteed kale was downright insulting -- bland and dry. The old magical cauliflower has lost its magic. I miss the little bowl of black salt on the table.

I know, I know, rising rents are squeezing everyone, but it's still possible to put good food on the table and make people feel they aren't being ripped off. And to keep a birthday happy rather than having one more thing to be depressed about. I said a silent final goodbye to Balaboosta when we left.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Loved the food and staff!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

We enjoyed our meal - excellent service and beautifully prepared food!

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

We went for lunch, and didn't realize the menu was a limited brunch menu. However, our Mediterranean sampler, and schnitzel sandwich, were very good. The bloody mary, was exceptionally good. I would go back for dinner, with a menu of more choices.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2017

The couscous special at $37 was good, but not outstanding and the portion for that price was quite meager.

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