The Bombay Bread Bar

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465 reviews
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The Bombay Bread Bar is Chef Floyd Cardoz's love letter to the glorious food and culture of his native India, serving riffs on Bombay's street foods and traditional dishes reimagined. Nestled in the heart of SoHo, the colorful and vibrant space was designed by set designer Kris Moran, a longtime member of director Wes Anderson's creative team.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food & cocktails. A lot of flavor in every dish. We tried some of the waitresses' recommendations and they were not great. But besides that, lovely experience.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a gathering of 6 of us for my birthday. Me and hubby were at the bar 30 minutes before our reservation and enjoyed the fabulous cocktails at the bar. Great crowd and vibe.
Our table was super tiny but we made it work, this is the Village after all. The ambiance and decor are beyond fun and charming. We ordered 80% of the food on the entire menu, it was all to die for. Soooo tasty and satisfying. Did I mention the cocktails?
This was a fabulous venue for my birthday and can’t wait to go back for a casual get together next time.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambiance. A fusion meal that was quite lovely :-)

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1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum it was so delicious and service was great!

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NC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the menu really offers a new take on Indian cuisine. Items such as the Kerala Fried Chicken, Cheddar Cheese Naan and Goan Crab Cakes are innovative, but still keep an authentic Indian taste. The service at Bombay Bread Bar is also great and with the modern ambiance, the combination makes for a 5 star dining experience.

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was great (so I would still recommend because of that plus the fun/trendy ambiance). The service, however, was so poor it was almost unbearable. We had a 9:30pm reservation and got sat at 10:15pm! The hostess agreed that it was ridiculous.. but what could she do? Then it took forever to get drinks or even a minute of our server's attention. We started placing new drinks orders about half way into our current drinks so that he would get them at a reasonable time after finishing. Then when we ordered all our food, the server said we had to order all at once because last call from the kitchen was in the next few minutes.. considering we had a reservation 45 minutes beforehand this was quite frustrating. Loved the food itself, the atmosphere, and location.. but they need to get their service together.

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Superb cocktail list. Completely underwhelming dinner.
-Egg toast- heavy unbalanced garam masala
-Chat- soupy dal with pomegranate and chickpeas with fried Puri crushed table side
-Cauliflower and paneer ‘Makhani’- very liquid gravy, with 3 tiny pieces of cauliflower and one blob of paneer. It was like fishing for the last pieces at a dinner buffet in a vat of gravy. The server was kind enough to comp this dish.
-Kulcha with caramelized onions and dal- the bread was good and filling was nice. We used the soup/makhani from above as a dipping agent.
-Chili Chicken- 6 bite sized pieces of chicken, well-marinated. Presentation was odd as there were nested amongst many spirals of jalapeños. I suppose they needed to fill up the dish somehow.
The bartender,servers, and front staff were all very nice. It is a great scene and fun place for drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was delicious but the service wasn’t - had to wait a further 40minutes for table even though I had a reservation! And the server said ‘this is common in NYC - if you eat out?’ Ill informed and offensive - they should train staff to not say such silly things. I would have left if we hadn’t already waited to long!

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GP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waited 45 minutes for them to seat us for a 9:00 reservation. We ended up getting a couple of places at the bar. No apologies or explanations were given.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. With the main and appetizer dishes though, they were late in bringing out the accompanying breads. We had finished half of our appetizer and entree before the breads came so couldn’t fully enjoy the joint taste of the bread with the food. Food was otherwise very tasty.

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Q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, as has been my experience here in the past. Service was not good. We were seated on time, then waited a good 10 minutes before a server came to take our drink order after we'd asked a bus person to send someone over. Food came entirely too fast, while drinks were delayed. Check was presented before we asked for it, and my companion's drink was pulled away from the table before she was finished. Server did not ask whether she was done (there was still a sip or two left), nor did server ask if she wanted a refill. Management immediately started circling our table waiting for us to pay. Pressure to turn a table, especially on a Tuesday night, following bad service, does not go unnoticed.

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EV
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This would be a five-star review, except for some real service issues that made the evening drag on for much longer than it should have. And it seemed we were the only table that suffered very long delays before our first course arrived, and between courses. This was a Restaurant Week dinner - extremely interesting and numerous options - and the food was absolutely delicious. Everything was delicious, but it took forever for the first course (just some bread and chutneys) to arrive. And then there was another long pause before our appetizers came. There was also an incomplete drink order that no one on the staff seemed to realize was incomplete until we pointed it out to them.

Our server was delightful, and helped us understand what some of the menu options were. But clearly, something in the kitchen went awry with our order, and we didn't finish our meal for almost 2 hours. Every other table in the less-than-crowded restaurant ate much more quickly, and were served their food much faster than we were.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Floyd never disappoints at the Bread Bar. The food is just amazing, I could go there every night. His concept for the Kulcha Klub is just brilliant - we tasted Chef Daniel Boulud Kulcha made for Bread Bar and it was delicious. This restaurant is a must go and often - date night, with friends and family or private party!

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F
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Host has an attitude problem and was very rude when saying that he only sits complete parties. Paneer dish actually has no paneer in it (2 small cubes), other appetizers were mediocre at best. Lamb dish hints of lamb, it’s mainly mashed potato. Main dish chicken tikka was so burnt that we couldn’t eat it. You will overpay for everything, from naans to even the chutneys and papadum that are usually free at any Indian restaurant. Really hard to understand the hype around this place. May be due to location or decor. It’s completely overpriced and disappointing.

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SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a friends birthday dinner. There was enough of us to get each item off of the Restaurant Week menu so we all shared! It was very delicious! Definitely more of an Indian Fusion than true Indian food but the atmosphere was fun and we had a blast

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but very bad service. It was slow, we had to wait 30 min between entree and next dish. We changed tables and they didn’t bring our food to the second table so they had to bring new food which was 20 more minutes of wait

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food except the “onion rings”. Could have come from a burger joint.

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S
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Ambiance was nice and place was full for a Sunday night. Not enough waitstaff so service was slow. Food was good. Breads did not come out together. Didn't taste any garlic on the garlic nan. Overall worth a try but wouldn't return.

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BF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great small plates meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Shockingly loud, will never go again on a weekend evening. It almost ruined the evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was just ok

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good vibe and great service

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LE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious Indian casual dining. Every dish is delightful in both form and taste. Easily the best India-influenced restaurant in New York.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was "overbooked" the night we were there, so even though we had a reservation, we had wait an additional 20 minutes to sit down.

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was on the most part fine. The service was terrible, to the point where it detracted heavily from the experience. Our table of 4 took just under 3 hours to be delivered 3 courses, the first drink took 40 minutes to arrive (we weren’t offer any further), the first course an hour and the saga continued. The only thing forthcoming was the bill, which we asked for as the last course was served. Starters arrived over a 15 minute spread. Would have left if we were not eating off a set menu. Tiny portions of uninspiring but fine food, other than the desserts which were just bad. 3/4 of the table didn’t eat their desserts as despite being the same dish they were HIGHLY inconsistent. Definitely do not book, many better Indians at a 1/3 of the price. Overly food was a 4/10, service 2/10 and value 2/10.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Waited over 30 minutes past our reservation to sit

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e
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place the food was good but not the best i had

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

So very disappointed. The Indian food is more delicious at the holes in the wall in the East Village I am very sad to say. The food was FINE but nothing stood out. But I am not a SoHo sort of restaurant person so maybe I just don't have the right perspective.

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NS
London
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible.
First all all, they claim it is Indian restaurant and show disrespect to posting their war hero pictures in the toilets.
Secondly, Food is pathetic. Its some kind of joke. Its NOT at all Indian. We told them that whole wheat roti was burnt, they served us with another burnt roti. Also, they said that they only have garlic naan but garlic was missing from their naan.
Third, It was freezing cold and we were shivering with their door continuously banged by their staff.
Horrible place, if you want Indian food, please go to better places, even Murray hill is better than this.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Consistently good cocktails! Food is very uneven in quality.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was served undercooked food,

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PN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I had a terrible experience. Waited 10-15 minutes to get the table ready for my party. The server pouring tap water into our cups of bottled sparkling water without an apology or even offering to replace it. The food came out very late (waited 20 min). The food was very bland and tasted like low quality. I understand that it’s modern fusion Indian but didn’t taste remotely Indian.

Very disappointment since I was looking forward to this place. Wouldn’t recommend

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian ever!!! Floyd Cardoz outdid even his last restaurant. I love this place.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the spiced shrimp and the pork ribs. Both were well prepared, spiced just right for my taste.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

This was disappointing. The service was so poor that it affected our experience with the food. I really wanted to like the cheese nan but it was just melted cheddar cheese inside a flat and unfluffy nan, sort of greasy. The cocktails were great though!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Over rated, bad choice.

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OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have loved Chef Cardoza's restaurants and food since Tabla. Bombay Bread was rather a disappointment. Many flavors were muddied. The Chicken Tikka was overcooked and dry. The bread was lovely and so was the Cauliflower small plate. I will try once more because I usually enjoy his food.

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AO
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super delicious meal. Highly recommend the Meat & Eggs Tiffin for brunch and the cheddar bacon naan. Friendly service and the restaurant is spacious so you can be comfortable.

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Extemely loud once it’s in full swing but delicious food

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a
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very small plates and pretty overpriced. Definitely a “hot spot” “trendy” vibe but not great food and really loud so couldn’t talk much

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