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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Fun (11)
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Comfort Food (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Live Sports (4)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic service - the manager and waitstaff were wonderful & took great care of our large group! We’ll definitely be back soon & often!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and staff but their bathrooms are awful!!! It’s crazy because the restaurant is so trendy and well decorated, it looks really nice, but then you go downstairs to the bathroom and you feel like you’re in a different restaurant. Bathroom stalls didn’t have locks on the doors, the doors barely closed unless you held them close. The sink has a freezing cold faucet and a scalding hot faucet that are too far apart to wash your hands at a comfortable temperature. It also felt incredibly dirty. It is so disassociated from the rest of the restaurant. It cheapened it though because I’m less inclined to spend money there ever again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Surprising good brunch food, $6 mimosas & bloody marys and attentive service. Lively loud environment. I would come again!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Good food, decent service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Exceptionally good bar food in a unique, attractive setting, industrial, like the men it's named for. Great steak/frites, mac and cheese, brats in blankets, happy hour wine, $6, and those pickled pineapples cleared my sinuses. Cute desserts, too. Quiet at 3pm, probably jumping later.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was good. A little pricier than some places, but not outrageous in the context of the city. Overall a nice night out.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great mimosas and a fun brunch experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I’ve been here many times and love the steampunk accessories. Cool vibe.
But this time they had football on and too many rowdy drunk revelers.
I’ll be back, but not if it turns into a sports bar.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always love coming here, whether it’s for a quick drink or a meal. The cocktails are amazing & so is the food!

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Brunch was amazing. Very few restaurants in NYC get grits right and Boulton's grits are perfect.
The service was attentive but not intrusive and they were busy but did not rush our party out the door as we did linger a little longer than normal.
The expansive windows on a cold day let in so much sunlight it felt like spring is around the corner (it's not!).
Great food, great atmosphere and true hospitality. Win-win-win!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

WOW - what an energetic spot! If you're looking for a spot to catch up with friends, I'd pick another restaurant... However, if you're looking for a good time with an AMAZING burger, sports all over, and LES bros - this could be it! Great beers and burgers, but don't order outside that box - other menu items left my guests a bit hungry.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Recommended by our son, we went with 4 couples for brunch. Great ambiance, gets a bit noisy, hard to talk more than 1 or 2 persons down. Service was good, not rushed, but did have to get hold server to ask for drinks & not run away before he took our order. Good portions, great prices.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Tasty meal for sure! Great drinks. Kinda loud on a Saturday near Christmas, but what do you expect! Would definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Staff was amazing, bar keep done real good!!!! Whoever was behind the food, you are a superstar!!!! Can’t wait to get back in there again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Pretty good food and service, decent value, WAY TOO LOUD. It was hard to hear people across the table and gave me a headache. Also different tables are packed way too close together making it hard to move around.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My friend and i were celebrating our birthdays. We made reservation expecting to eat dinner there. When we were first directed to a table it was an odd table that used the window sill as a seat and would appear to be more comfy if just lounging around having drinks. After we got our table changed we order delish food... the fried green tomatoes and picked green beans were awesome and the burgers were AMAZING! The cocktails were also very well made! The best part was it was on the same night as Santa Con and the bouncer made sure to keep the establishment “classy” so that was a bonus! Will def come back again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Such a fun atmosphere with excellent food! Made a reservation with two friends for a celebration dinner, and everyone enjoyed their meals and had a great time. Brats in a blanket appetizer and the papardelle entree were especially good! I arrived to the restaurant a bit before my reservation time, and I appreciated that they still seated me at the table early while I waited for my friends. (Most restaurants in NYC make you wait for your full party to arrive before seating you.) Would definitely recommend for a meal or just drinks, and will definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had a special request for window seating, which wasn’t provided when I got there. Also the staff at the entrance desk were not friendly at all.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was amazing. I had a reservation for 4 people but 2 more showed up and the girl had no problem moving us to a bigger table. I think they swapped servers and the 2nd girl was nice but seemed less accommodating and seemed to get frustrated when we wanted to split the bill. Over all the staff were good, food was delicious and price was reasonable

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I've been here twice for brunch and it was a complete enjoyment both times.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went here for dinner before a show at Mercury Lounge. Exceeded my expectations. Great food and drinks and not crazy expensive. Hostess was awesome when I called to let her know we’d be 15 mins late for the original res and had our table ready when we arrived. We started with the fancy shot special and some drinks, and got the trio of pickles - they were amazing. Def get the habanero pickled pineapple! I also had the short rib- which was amazing. Can’t believe it took me five years to try this place, can’t wait to go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Grabbed some brunch/lunch and some drinks outside. Great to people watch!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 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 September 30, 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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 (New York Area)·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 22, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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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 8, 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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