Boulton and Watt

4.6
362 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00am
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am
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Phone number
(646) 490-6004
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Houston
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Public transit
Nearest Stations: 2 Av (F), Delancey St (F), Essex St (J, M, Z)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 362 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I didn't know where to go for my birthday celebration and my coworker recommended this place. It didn't disappoint. AMAZING!

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m
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great and the space is fun and urban; however the noise level was very loud! Wish there were someway to bring that down. Otherwise a great experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

On a Friday night, it is loud you will have to shout to the person next to you. Noisy, dive-y spot, which could be fun if you’re in the mood for that.

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l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the vibe.
Exactly what I was looking for based on their website.
Love that there are no televisions.
Made for a great dining experience

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hot waiter

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good cocktails and a solid menu. This was my second time back and it didn’t disappoint.

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TD
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A reasonable menu, well prepared with above average service.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

So hard to talk to one another because it was so loud and the servers kept asking if we were done with our food or would hover behind us waiting to immediately clear the table at the first sign.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was incredible. Service was horrible.

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t know this reservation was a ruse for my boyfriend to propose along the way, but our meal and celebration immediately following our special moment was perfect. Our server was genuine in his well wishes and the food was perfect!

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MN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite weekend brunch places. Sean the bartender takes amazing care of you. Order the giant German Pilsner and the pulled pork benedict. Yummmm...

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BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was consistently tasty and creative

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The grits were delicious!! Felt like I was back in the South. Buttery goodness cures a hangover.

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MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. Our server was warm and friendly. The restaurant itself was very interesting. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best and not worth the money. I ordered a salad with chicken that was incredibly disappointing. I expected a "salad" with chicken and got a flattened out, dry cutlet with a small amount of greens on top. It was a cool place to visit but in the end we would have been better off just stopping in for a drink. Sangria was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, happy hour drinks were great!

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. The burger was amazing and staff was kind and attentive. Would recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food (Eggplant Benedict) was amazing and the service was great too. Music was a bit too loud to carry on a conversation; if the management could tone it down during the day that'd be awesome. Great place all in all, 5 stars!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is possibly the worst run restaurant in New York City. The hostesses can’t seem to figure out how to seat 4 people to watch the World Cup final in front of a tv as requested. The level of incompetence is unbelievable. The way the manager treats people is lower than you would treat your worst enemy. This place should be shut down and everyone should decide to go to a place that really values your business. Overpriced burnt fries are the best thing at boulton and watt. You have lost 4 customers forever.

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Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately it was very loud when we were there, but judging by the face of the servers that was not normal and they were very unhappy with the particular groups guilty of shouting obnoxiously at each other. Aside from that, really great food, perfect portion size and lovely staff.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect for a big group that wants to stay and have drinks before or afterwards

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PB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There's a lot to improve, especially about food

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MA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The cookie skillet was incredible and just what I wanted! I was surprised how much I did not like the brownie batter jar, but maybe it was because after the rich gooey chocolate of the cookie, it just didn't taste chocolatey enough?

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Football match

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K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks for very reasonable prices (esp in NYC). Will definitely be back

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Too loud to have a conversation. Waitress rarely stopped by. Forgot one of our drinks and blamed someone else. Tables were too close to each other and we had to get up whenever someone from the table behind us wanted to exit. Shame the service and noise were bad because the food and drinks were really good.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very fun menu, food ranged from very good (Bibb lettuce salad, cinnamon donuts) to just fine (short rib, pickles, brussels sprouts) but the menu was great and the whole evening was lovely. Too loud inside. Very attentive waitstaff.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, open air location that never gets too crowded or too loud. Perfect for meeting up with friends. Service is amazing and the food is good with large portions.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, service, and overall atmosphere! Portions are decent sized and drinks are tasty and strong. Noise level is high, so be prepared to shout.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! And the food was so good! Defenitly would recommend

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my second time eating at this restaurant - both times because my son's band was playing at "Mercury Lounge" and I was looking for a nearby quality restaurant to meet for dinner before the show. I think the menu is very creative; like the many vegetarian options and the variety of food and drinks. I found the service very good, although sometimes needed to wave the waitress over for a drink re-fill. My only continuing complaint about this spot is the noise level. Although I requested a 'quiet table' and was seated close to the front near the window; I still found it very difficult to carry on a conversation. I know that I am much older than your usual patron (62); but it appears that many people at the other nearby tables were almost yelling to be heard while in conversation with people sitting right by their side or across the table. I understand that it is a VERY old building and the acoustics are probably not very good; but WHY NOT turn down the background music!! I hope you take this comment seriously - and maybe when I return in the future, it will be at least a little bit quieter inside the restaurant!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, reasonable prices. They gave us a free round of drinks for waiting. Very noisy, hard to talk.

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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Met some friends here for dinner. We each enjoyed our meals. I had the Crispy Quinoa and Kale Salad with chicken and it was delicious. My friend enjoyed her Baked Goat Cheese snack with flat bread. Only con was music was too loud and I couldn't really hear my friends talk.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing service. Our waiter forgot to put in our order. 45 minutes had passed, and people on either side of us, who came after us, had gotten our food. He came out to apologize and asked us for our order again. The pickled pineapple came 20 minutes later, and was not enjoyable. We hardly touched it.

The waiter charged us full price for our sides when we subbed them in place of home fries. We got no discount on the service or lack of enjoyment of our food, and were even charged too much because of the sides.

Very disappointing. We were so excited to try this place, but the service was terrible and really threw a wrench in our whole experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Servers were helpful but didn't come to the table as often to check in. Would come back though!

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RS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very cool vibe when you walk in. A friendly atmosphere and friendly staff. The service here is top notch. We had a group of 8, yet the staff was on top of everything. There were no mistakes or dishes/drinks forgotten. The food was amazing! The appetizers were so good, we are tempted to go back just to graze! Dinners were creative and delicious. The cocktail menu is awesome! I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and a good time!

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S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service, good beer, wine, drink selection. Fish tacos and mac & cheese were very good. Would definitely go back

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Been here multiple times, always love my service. I think today was an exception, but our waitress was leaving and didn’t care for our table. This resulted in us being completely ignored and having to go to the bar to have the lovely bartender, Sean (or Shawn?), help us out. Will continue to go back, but hope to not have this poor service again. Be back next Sunday!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Boulton and Watt has a cool rustic interior and an interesting and eclectic menu. The Mexican Revolver cocktail was quite tasty and the food was above average and a good value. Once we were seated, the service was exceptionally fast and attentive.

The Amish chicken dish had a generous portion of chicken with delicious mashed potatoes. The chunks of bacon in the potatoes were mouthwatering.

The only minor things that could have been improved:

We had to wait about 15-20 minutes after our reservation to be seated. The staff tried to get happy hour patrons to leave (this was at 8:30 pm, not happy hour time) so that we could have a nice table, but failed to do so and we had to end up sitting on bar stools.

My fish tacos were very spicy considering that there was no warning or indication that this was a spicy dish. Luckily, I can handle a good amount of spice but many people I know would have had trouble finishing it.

Noise level is quite loud but that's pretty much par for the course for a popular LES bar on a warm Friday night.

Overall, I'll return for the above average food and cool ambiance.

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MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and service were great. The brunch items were delicious but the drinks (mimosas and sangria) need improvement .

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Terrible food it was cold, noise level appealing dirty table and cutlery

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