New World Bistro Bar

4.4
60 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
New World Bistro Bar is a small and eclectic restaurant that serves global cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, and the staff is friendly and knowledgable. Our executive chef, Ian Brower has a love for bright, fresh flavors, coupled with a commitment to sourcing local ingredients.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 60 people are saying
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4.3
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4.7
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4.3
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service (great bartender) & superb scallop crudo!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing! Drinks, food, service all fantastic. A gem!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat out under the tent, at our request. It was very nice and quiet for our group. The food was excellent. My daughter picked out the wines which were very good. The service was excellent. It was the first time we went since the change of chef and menu and we’re very pleased.

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JKinHK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal. And we ordered a bottle of zinfandel which was 50% off that Sunday; it was as good as the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Ate in the back enclosed tent, where tables were spread well apart. Would have been nice to see some plants to brighten up the area. The menu was confusing, being our first time there...could not know portion sizes based on menu description and category. Our server misled us on one item as to size. Food was good.

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bruce
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was different than the same old and delicious

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luv2dine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good, personally I would like more gluten free options. Thanks

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CathyL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner out under the tent in back. Was pretty noisy once it filled up. But great social distancing. The food was delicious, everyone was happy, although my son was not impressed with the fried chicken. The desserts were the highlight for us. Glad to see this place doing well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Menu needs to improve - way too limited

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vipFleacyno
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We come here often. Love the food and drinks AND it’s one of the only places in albany open on Sunday. Score! Plus half price wine bottles.

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SarahM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated menu with special items changing regularly. Strong vegetarian choices.

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always something different and delicious! Love this place when I want to impress friends.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I remember getting ample portions of unique and flavorful menu options. Portion sizes were small, overpriced, and lacking in anything like awesome

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GailB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server! She was great. And we all loved food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates but very good!

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TheresaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are long time patrons of New World and have tried many of the other chef’s dishes we welcome the spin this chef puts on every day items like veggie burgers. We really like the meatless items and we aren’t vegetarian. We like the food and will continue our “date night” meal here.

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Jake
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say anymore than what I indicated by giving 5 stars overall and in the specific areas.

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AlexA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we go it is great! Great for a dinner out.

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WilliamN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable dinner, as usual, at New World.
Menu pared back. Ate inside but there was outside dining.
Dining companion ordered the veggie burger and was happy. I ordered the real thing which was 2 patties and cheese. Requested no onions but they were on, and between, the layers. Didn’t mind fishing them out but much of the cheese went with them.
Excellent Manhattan prepared by Nick, who remembered me despite a lengthy absence.

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RuthieO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous dinner. Half price bottle of pinot noir to begin. We had a mixed green salad, which was huge, and had the best salad dressing ever. I think she said maple syrup and citrus. We ordered the new york strip steak for 2. It came with scalloped potatoes and broccolini. The steak melted in our mouths with wonderful flavor. We loved this meal and will be back. Oh, yes, our waitress was perfectly lovely and the busboy was great!

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Keith
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. Their menu is constantly evolving so there’s usually something new to try and it’s pretty much always delicious. While it’s not an all vegetarian or vegan restaurant, there are usually plenty of vegetarian and/or vegan options on the menu and they’re tasty enough to satisfy most anyone, including those who aren’t vegetarian/vegan.

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SarahR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I was excited to return to a restaurant that I loved going to. I was disappointed. The menu was not as diverse as it was and the choices were limited. I will say that my steak was cooked to perfection. My friend has a serious allergy to dairy. We asked to have one of the salads with the cheese on the side. It came to the table with the cheese on top and a salad that we did not order.
It is still a fun place to go for a drink at the bar. I am not sure if I would choose to eat there again. I am sorry, really....I wanted it to be as delicious as it once was.

I would be willing to give it another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I waited an hour from ordering my food until the manager came out and told me they were out of what I ordered. I would not recommend this restaurant and I will not be going back.

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TheresaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are very excited about the new chef at New World. We have followed the restaurant for years and we like what we taste in this iteration. It seems like the chef is rolling out his flavor profile in a planned, slower effort to give aficionados of the previous chef a chance to sample his ability to tickle our taste buds. We like it and have recommended that our friends stop in to see for themselves. I wish that there were more offerings but we’ll keep coming back in order to sample whatever Mother Nature and this chef put together. We also like the way they have spaced the tables. We felt safe removing our masks.
I just want to say that although there are few waitstaff that we recognize from before the pandemic, service has not suffered. We wish the previous staff our best and look forward to many meals with this staff.

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JohnK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. This was our 3rd time and we have had amazing apps and dinners each time. We will definitely be going back and will be bringing our friends.

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RobertR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Need to improve menu but great food served

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This used to be my favorite restaurant in Albany, but it has changed significantly. There is a new chef and a new menu, and the food is okay but not fantastic, like it used to be. The bar is pretty much the same, with fresh Sloop Juice Bomb on draft, but we were very disappointed.

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vipJohnG
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The only negative I would give on a good meal is one of us had the spinach pie and it was not that good. The pastry was soggy and not crispy and the filling was very “one note”. First time we had tried that and honestly not a fan. Everything else was great as usual and the service was fantastic, again as usual. Just that one dish that my wife had as her entree that disappointed.

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StewartS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food, although I'm a large bloke and was still hungry afterwards.

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Aaron
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Menu inventive, unique. Server most friendly and well informed. Her menu suggestions were right on the mark.

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Johnd
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Bring back the New World bistro! This version is limited in its menu, paltry in itsportions and a shadow of the original. Make some interesting food! Bring back the meatloaf and the Thai choices.

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Halloween13
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with great service. Wonderful place for dining out.

JK
JohnK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and definitely a do over!

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lazz
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

good serving size, not a giant plate of food. priced right. i found the meal chose to be to salty, staff immediately asked me what i wanted and checked with me several times to make sure my new dish was ok.

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lindar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome meals!
Service amazing except for long wait for dessert.

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Pamela
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a great selection of vegan options. Each was very delicious as well as my cocktail. Our dessert was wonderful as well. Service was excellent.

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AdaP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to try something new. We had the Veg pancake and Spoon salad. They were really tasty. The cod and homemade pork sausage for the main courses were delicious. Our server, Casey was not only a great server but her recommendations were spot on. I recommend this restaurant and will go back!

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JamesL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I each had a seafood dish. Both were creative, fresh, and cooked to perfection. Chef Bauer has a keen knack for combining tastes and flavors that keeps us coming back for more. He also sources as much as possible from local producers which helps to support the local farmers. Service is friendly and attentive but not intrusive. You can't go wrong.

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mikec
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not at all the restaurant is used to be. The menu was not distinctive and with small portions was not worth the cost. I will not return any time soon. This was one of my favorite restaurants when Rick was the owner and chef. I wish them luck, but there needs to be much more inspiration.

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EmEm
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining here, but definitely not our last. Lovely evening. Dined outdoors.

FAQs

New World Bistro Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 694-0520.

New World Bistro Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 60 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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