About Bustan

Located in New York City�s Upper West Side, Bustan serves Mediterranean cuisine in a modern, colorful atmosphere. The restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine from Southern Europe to North Africa. Bustan also caters offsite events and offers takeout for its customers� convenience.

Start out your meal at Bustan with one of the restaurant�s appetizers such as the hummus or the falafel basket. Choose from dinner options like the lamb terracotta or the braised short rib. The restaurant also offers brunch on the weekends which includes menu items like the shakshouka and the potato pancake with smoked salmon. Top off your experience with a dessert like the gelato or the Turkish sundae.

487 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Greek, Israeli

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday-Sunday 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Brunch:
Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Cross Street:
Between 83rd and 84th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 595-5050

Website:
http://www.bustannyc.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available

Parking Details:
Meter parking available

Executive Chef:
Jose Paulo Cortes

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Bustan Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
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Good for a Date (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Authentic (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Cozy (9)
Tapas (9)
Healthy (9)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Romantic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Fist time at Bustan - The food was very good, but the atmosphere and service was lacking. We were a couple who both felt rushed at every point right to the end where the waitress asked me to move so she could take the signed receipt. There was no where to hang a coat or jacket.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I love bustan, but upon arrival at 6pm, the manager rudely asked us, "will you be done by 8pm?" It was an unpleasant and disappointing way to start dinner. Then we had to ask them to close the door to the garden multiple times, as it was freezing in there. Overall, love the food, but the service was lacking tonight.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We loved the food, the service was excellent. A nice new or hood restaurant.

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

Bustan is a favorite go to place with my friends. We love to order a lot of appetizers. They are
all different and delicious. The chopped salad, salmon and chicken are amazing for those watching what they are eating. Never a miss!!! Friendly service as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The bloody Mary's were watered down and had to be sent back. My entree was not cooked and had to be sent back. The food took a long time to arrive and did not arrive at the same time

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Too noisy and tables too close together but the food was really good.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nothing special

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This was my first time dining at Bustan. I met a friend for lunch and thought the menu looked interesting. We started with the hummus appetizer and ordered the Greek and Israeli salads with lamb supplement. The appetizer was tasty with nice hummus and babaganoush served with a baked flatbread. The salads, while good, were not particularly memorable and were on the small side. The shocker came with the price tag. $26 dollars for each salad. At that price point for a lunch item I'd expect something pretty special in a casual restaurant. Unfortunately it wasn't. When my friend ordered a second glass of wine, the waiter took liberty to bring me one as well without asking. As it was a social event, I didn't challenge the waiter and just accepted and paid for it. Overall, it was not a great experience and I can't say I'll be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food is really great - the decor is awesome- I eat there often. I love the hummus and the sizzling shrimp.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, had a wonderful time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Bustan was a pleasant surprise. The food was great. The atmosphere was arty. We would definitely go back to try different dishes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

My go to restaurant in Manhattan. Everything was great. Always a pleasure when owner comes by and speaks with us. I've been here for both lunch and dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Turkish sundae may have been the best dessert I’ve ever had.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Early Sunday night, yet several menu items were out. The waiter said they were "busy" during the weekend. Really? You start the day without a 'fish of the day'? Seriously? And the vegetarian pot pie ( or whatever they call it), which is one reason people come to the restaurant and you start the day without it? No vegetables or no ingredients to make the crust earlier in the day? Finally, in spite of the place nearly empty when we came, it seemed like the waiter was pre occupied with more pressing priorities. Food was still good, though the experience was disappointing to say the least. Probably an off night, but much was the result of indifference.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent Mediterranean food with Taboon-baked bread. We each had a fish entree and they were both great. Ate too much.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Being a little but of a table snob, and arriving late, I was very pleased that the general manager, Nuri, found us an excellent table in the garden. Eddie provided great service, and Nuri sent a complimentary signature dessert, ensuring that I will be back. The food was the star. Spicy feta and hummus were excellent. The halibut special, with cous cous was delicious. Great first date, great first meal at a new UWS fave.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good Mediterranean restaurant on the upper west side.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food at Bustan was really delicious. The Baba Ghanouj had a delicious smoky flavor. The vegetable terra cotta was unique and flavorful. I thought the menu was a bit pricey for what it was, but I would eat there again for a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Came here for a late night dinner. We orders small plates & found them to be Innovative & very generous portions.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The style of Mediterranean is updated Israeli in influence, and absolutely delicious. The decor is nicely done and very relaxing, not too close to your neighbor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food and service as usual, but a noisy place like most of the upper west side. Prices are high.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Well prepared and the service?? Fantastic. Looking forward to going there again. Oh.....eating in the garden, fantastic!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. I certainly would return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

First time guests at Bustan and we had a fantastic overall experience and enjoyed the food, the service, the ambiance and the overall vibe of the place. Somewhat of a small family reunion and it was a pleasure dining at Bustan and I would recommend highly and plan on returning there very soon! Bon apetit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food and staff were terrific. My only suggestion is to have something soft on the walls/ceiling to dampen the sound. As soon as people were seated at the tables next to us, it was as if we were in the middle of their conversations.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great ambiance, delicious food and the servers were nice. I recommend it!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food was amazing! $29 pre-fix lunch menu. The picture feta and hummus was so good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Fine. Not an outstanding dining experience in the UWS.

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Lamp chop + roasted chicken are spectacular. Great job!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

If it's ambiance you want and the food is secondary, this place is good. Staff and quality of ingredients very good, but actual food was mediocre - very bland and watered down flavors and not authentic. Also, watch out of upselling - out of wine ordered and replaced with an outrageously expensive option, and encouraged to order more than we needed - so a big check. A pity, because it's a lovely restaurant.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Really lacking in hospitality. From being told that the kitchen does not make substitutions to the server only occasionally stopping by the table almost as a favor we felt like they were doing us a favor by letting us eat there. We are upper west sliders and while We’ve been before and never had that kind of experience we Won’t be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food but a bit overpriced for the quality. The Israeli salad is quite good, as is the mezze. However, as is unfortunately typical for many restaurants, Bustan did not provide nearly enough bread for their appetizer plates. In this case, the Mezze plate was woefully short on bread (which, in fairness, was fresh-baked and excellent), but where most restaurants will supply more bread, Bustan insisted we pay extra for it. This is not fair nor classy.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It is a wonderful addition to the Upper West Side. The food from the appetizers through the desert were truly wonderful. A special appetizer for last night was slightly roasted peaches and tomatoes which were absolutely a winner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food is delicious but you could certainly find other Mediterranean restaurants in the city for a better value. Bustan is just a bit on the price side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service! Super friendly. Great garden area which was totally unexpected. Food was good-- fun & innovative! Would definitely go back!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

food was excellent. the flatbread was particularly a standout and everyone enjoyed their main dishes - hummus and appetizers are fantastic.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wonderful meal in beautiful environment. The hummus and fish were fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service. Quiet atmosphere too. I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Tapas, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Go to place for good food and mostly quiet atmosphere on UWS.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious meal. Great hummus, cous cous, falafel and bread, and excellent service.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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