Boulton and Watt

4.8
465 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
A project forged of the passion of a group of partners working and living in the East Village, Boulton & Watt is based on the notion of providing great food and great drink in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from the industrial revolution – of which Matthew Boulton & James Watt were pivotal figures with their perfection of the steam engine, which in turn catapulted two continents into a new era. Our location on the corner of Houston & Avenue A melds raw, industrial accents with warm wood and tall windows; creating an intimate yet open atmosphere fitting for all seasons and all clientele. The kitchen serves a full menu; our revised take on classic American and English comfort food late into the night. We love this neighbourhood, and we wanted to create a bar we were proud of. We hope you enjoy sharing in our passion.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 465 people are saying
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AnaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good brunch spot, seemed quiet and easy, good menu selection and generous portions

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best !!! The staff is amazing

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vipJeffmbigs
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice LES "sports bar" style with some good pub style food. Brunch on weekends is a plus and outdoor dining area is comfortable & well designed if weather permits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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RandyT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is exceptional at this restaurant. Friendly hostess and very accommodating bartenders. Fine selection of cocktails including Mezcal drinks and wide range of wines. Happy hour specials include classics like the Old Fashioned, Margarita as well as discounts on wine.
I came for an early dinner @ 4:30pm prior to a concert across the street at the Mercury Lounge. The burger was delicious and cooked properly medium rare. I would like to return and try their French toast and eggs Benedict.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere!

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vipAdrienneS
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch ever!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. They messed up my meal a bit but they right’ed their wrong

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vipPCS17
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! I’ve been going here for years and it has consistently been so good. One of my favorites go-to restaurants in the city. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food good. Prices reasonable. Cocktail menu a bit over-elaborate. Service seemed resentful of being there.

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KenanB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back! Boulton & Watt never disappoints. It’s delish!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always always always the greatest time at B&W!!!! Manager Paul and our waitress were incredibly nice. The music was great, food is always a 10/10, and drinks are amazing! Overall perfect. Can’t wait to come back again!

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vipPaulW
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boulton and Watt was fantastic! It was closed for a while during the pandemic and we really missed it -- glad it see it's back and better than ever, with an expanded menu and a remodeled interior. The manager stopped by to see how we were doing, which was a nice touch. Food and drinks were all excellent! Will definitely be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite restaurant in NYC!!! So yummy, great vibes, 11/10

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FrancescaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boulton & Watt has always been my tried & true, go-to spot in NYC for literally every and any occasion imaginable. And every time I am back, my point is further solidified. Myself and a few friends went for brunch on Sunday, and even during a pandemic with semi-unconventional dining processes, B&W still has the same charm and incredible service that it would during any under circumstance, making the whole experience feel entirely welcoming & safe. Will 100% be back.. not like that was even in question, though.

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HollyP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The burger and mac and cheese in particular are delicious. Fun cocktails as well

PW
vipPaulW
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boulton and Watt was fantastic! The food was great and the service super friendly — the manager stopped by to ask how everything was which was a nice touch. Also the outdoor section is really spread out to maintain social distancing, and they have heaters at almost every table so you can stay comfortable outside now that it’s getting colder. Looking forward to going back soon!

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RaquelM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place ! Come here for my birthday two years in a row!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! This was our go-to weekly spot - first time back since before the shutdowns and everything was as we remembered :)

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MOD213
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, our bartender Conor was exceptional!

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KarenM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Someone needs to warn people that this is a very noisy bar with a tiny restaurant squeezed in.

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vipWilJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and will definitely be back for brunch again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

I would reccomend this place but not during peak hours. The bathrooms were gross and needed to be cleaned, the noise level was INSANE, the people at the table next to us left after 1 drink and shared appetizer due to the cramped space. Seating was very close table to table and the walkway for waiters and patrons was so small people were constantly bumping into those who were seated on the ends. I had reserved a table and the first table we were going to be seated at other patrons were using as a coat rack / drink holder so I asked for something further back. The braised rib was a small portion for the cost although the Amish Chicken was delicious and worth the money. The wine selection was also very limited.

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EllieW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this bar so much. The service is great and the food never disappoints.

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ErikaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was nice and the music was great! Drinks were excellent also, our only problems were the “reserved” seating was on stools at a family style table that gave us no privacy and it took a min for the waiter to take out order. Other than that, its pretty great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cocktails were good. Service excellent. Very friendly staff. Food was subpar though. A bit disappointed.

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SusieD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We were a group of 8 having dinner before seeing a band at the Mercury Lounge across the street. Our reserved table was ready and waiting for us. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers and the dinners we ordered. We would say the only downside was our server. She really wasn't pleasant at all. It never makes sense that when a person is working in a tip-based business, that they can't figure out that a smile and a nice attitude go a long way. I might add that we are an easy-going group, so it wasn't that she was dealing with hard-to-please people.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! We enjoyed our 10:30am Saturday brunch before the crowd!

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vipppppps
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful space, nice menu..recommend the crispy brussell sprouts

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great casual place for groups - menu is solid with all sorts of comfort food. Service is friendly and unfussed. Had a birthday in our group and they comped the skillet cookie with birthday candle which was really nice of them.

Our group had the pickles, calamari, giant meatball, a bunch of burgers, a salad, brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe and the chicken pot pie. Everything was tasty and to everyone’s liking. Would go back.

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vipLaurenB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing range of options. Cool, rustic feel inside

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marlo
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool spot, great comfort food, friendly staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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KevinF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner, drinks, and service were all excellent!

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BrianaN
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the ambiance was lovely. Would totally recommend to anyone looking for tasty food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice space but quite loud. The food was just ok. Large portions with more sides than main. Casual spot with decent comfort food but I wouldn’t order the burger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great for watching game with little nook to ourselves. Good vibes and great food/drink selection.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Great food-- killer brussel sprouts. Very, very, very loud

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was very delightful. Staff had positive energy and very attentive. Food was very delicious and drinks were made to perfection. Love the positive vibe here.

FAQs

Boulton and Watt does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Boulton and Watt also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 490-6004.

Boulton and Watt is rated 4.8 stars by 465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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