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About Boulton and Watt

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.

5 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00am
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Houston

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 490-6004

Website:
http://boultonandwattnyc.com/

Public Transit:
Nearest Stations: 2 Av (F), Delancey St (F), Essex St (J, M, Z)

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Boulton and Watt Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Great Beer (5)
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Great for Brunch (3)
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Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
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Healthy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great time

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic destination for a casual evening with standards for atmosphere, food and service. All are wonderful at Boulton & Watt. Great veggie burger.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

More of a bar with food than a restaurant with a bar. Very loud.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was fantastic, mixologist was on point! Waitress was entertaining and knew the menu! Great vibe. Will def make a return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food is always amazing. This was a much busier time of day then I usually go so the service was not a 10 like usual and it was very noisy. Everyone was very friendly but it just felt like when every we needed anything it’s was this flag down game. But when ever some one came even if they weren’t our original server they had no problem helping us which to me is and amazing thing you never really find at other restaurants. Can’t wait for the next visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Loud inside on a Friday night, but lovely if you can snag an outdoor seat. I’m sure other days/times are much quieter.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Boulton and Watt never fails to disappoint. The steak frites and the cheesecake are to die for.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went there on a Saturday for a date. It was lively and energetic with great music and good vibes. The noise level was pretty high but it didn't take away from the experience at all. The service was good for a busy, Saturday night and the food was incredible. Definitely would recommend the burrata and mac and cheese bites!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious food, great ambiance, quality service, and a special hookup from the manager! Great time had and I will definitely be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was a great spot for brunch! And the layout of the restaurant allowed for the windows to open on a beautiful day. Perfect for a lazy Sunday

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Brunch was delicious I had the short rib Benedict , it was to die for!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food, atmosphere and service! Good for groups and highly recommmend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food, good drinks, beautiful people (except us).

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

This was an excellent spot to bring a large party. I walked in with 10 and they had no problem making the reservation for us. The food was great too - best burger I've had in a while - and everyone loved their mains. Good stuff. No frills. Enjoyable atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Vegan, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Made reservation through Open Table for dinner. After sitting us and placing our initial order for drinks and an appetizer, the server informed us that we would have to leave within 20 minutes because the restaurant had an event that night for the boxing match. The restaurant did not contact us after we made the reservation to advise us of the special circumstances that night. All we got to try were some pickled pineapple which wasn't bad. But don't expect I'll ever return given the unceremonious way were shown the door. If the restaurant intended to kick us out after such a brief period, the restaurant should have at least shown the courtesy of warning us before sitting us. We were also gruffly yelled at by the Maitre D as we were leaving. Suffice it to say, we did not feel like valued customers.

Given that this restaurant didn't actually honor their OpenTable reservation, OpenTable might want to reconsider whether to include Boulton and Watt on their platform.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (London)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Owners and management care about this place, and it shows. Food and service were great. A great find.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

A bit noisy as you would expect from a Lower East Side bar but the food is good and imaginative. The pickled fruit and vegetable jars were very good and unusual.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had a seat near the wide open windows. Nice vibe to the place. Service was excellent. Nice selection of beers on tap and in cans/bottles. The picked pineapple was delicious, wasn't so crazy about the watermelon. Largest order of fries I've ever seen. Brick chicken was excellent. Had a nice kick to it. Chicken palliard was very good

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Visiting NYC for the weekend and this was our favorite place we dined out this weekend! Loved the atmosphere, the ambiance and of course the food! Just recommended this restaurant for family visiting the city in a couple of months. Next time we visit ... will definitely dine here again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This is our favorite brunch spot! thr French toast is the best we've ever had and the mac and cheese is so creamy and flavorful. And can't go wrong with any of the benedicts! The aervice is wonderful as well!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We were seated promptly and the server was at our table in minutes. Food was delicious and big quantities. Whole meal was reasonably priced.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Really like this place. Good food, great service and music was awesome throughout dinner. LES gem and I will definitely be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The service was good, however, we had to ask for drink refills. We sat at a high table which was fine but the stools had no back which is never comfortable. Fish tacos were yummy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The restaurant is way too noisy but the burger is phenomenal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Nice bar/restaurant with a rustic feel. Most of the food was pretty good. Might come again if in the area but wouldn't rush back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We arrived at 8:00 and and got a great table in the back. The waiter was friendly and informative. We ordered wine and beer from their good drink menu. We then ordered a starter from the "Pickled" menu - pickled green beans, they were terrific. I ordered the mussels, fresh and delicious in a curry like broth. We also had the beef short ribs - the tender and tasty beef was falling off of the bone. Our other guest had the Mac and Cheese - totally excellent - I'm having that next time! The service throughout was attentive and fun. I'd go back in a minute - we had a fun evening with excellent food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Authentic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great brunch find. What could be better than a benedict of house made sausage, sauteed spinach, siracha hollandaise and a pale ale from Peekskill.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Came for diner before a show across the street from The Mercury Lounge. We were a large group and they had our table ready when we got there. Very good burgers, beer and assorted bar food we all enjoyed our meals. Only disappointment was the pickles.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This was our second time at Boulton and watts so I can say with confidence that this place is an absolute gem. The meatballs are to die for and make sure you save room for dessert. Finally don't miss the quinoa salad even if you don't like quinoa you have to get it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We went for our daughter's birthday a party of 6. The service and food were amazing. Very attentive wait staff and from the manager. Our cocktails could have been colder and when we told him he gave us another round on the house. I will be back and highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I celebrated my girlfriends birthday on a Friday evening around dinner time. Boulton was extremely accommodating. They made space for our large group in a perfect corner of the restaurant and provided amazing service throughout the night. The food and drinks were excellent. I absolutely recommend Boulton for large groups and special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

love this place!!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

A group of seven of us ventured into Boulton and Watt late at night (12:30am) after a show at the Slipper Room when we didn't want to have to walk into the neighbourhood bars and find that there was nowhere to sit and barely room in the place. We all grabbed snack bites and drinks at a cozy corner table. The mac and cheese (with bacon, because why not) was amazing and definitely worth ordering. I'm sorry that a friend and I decided to split a plate of it because I could have happily polished it all off myself. Service was quick and friendly.

At that time of night on a Saturday there was really no hope of the group having a conversation that could be heard by all of us, despite the small table. That was expected, though, so not really a complaint.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Jake was an awesome waiter and took great care of us

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I came here with a large group for my 30th birthday. Everyone was incredibly accommodating and helpful. They checked in with us frequently to make sure we were enjoying everything and sent out a special birthday dessert for the table. It was a really memorable experience and we'll definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Has a surprisingly extensive menu for what is primarily a bar! We had roast chicken, mahi-mahi tacos, and a quinoa/kale salad, and all were excellent. (Note that I'm a vegetarian and I had lots of options to choose from.) I will say it was very, very loud at about 7pm on a Saturday night, but that suited our purposes fine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Absolutely Sublime period I'm not sure else how to describe it. The decor, the menu, and the service we're outstanding. The owner has a very eclectic way of presenting the food and the atmosphere only enhances this. It was terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Amazing food and service. Fun bar games and great ambiance. Went for brunch with girlfriends and we had a great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Thanks to opentable, they accommodated a reservation for a large party on a Saturday night two hours before the reservation time. Our group wound up increasing from 12 to 14 at the last minute and Boulton & Watt made sure we fit, no problem. The wait staff was great.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Our dinner at Boulton and Watt was a very nice experience with quick service. The food was very tasty and fresh. The simple decor was nice, but probably added to the noise level , which was high. Nice place over all.

Tags: Good for Groups
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