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Balaboosta

214 Mulberry St. , New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
212-966-7366

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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82% would go back.

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Thorougly enjoyable

By nextgeneyes on 4/8/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

We were invited by a friend couple of ours - and were not disappointed. The place is busy as a bee hive. Filled up in a short 10 minutes after opening. Our seatings next to the windows were enjoyable, the service pleasant and reasonably fast. The appetizers were delicious: crispy cauliflower, fried olives in labne and the market salad. The salmon and grilled whole branzino were consumed fast complemented by pita and zaatar and Israeli Goldstar beer. Desert was enjoyable including the chocolate mouse and rose siroped kataif and sweet cheese. We expected to hear more Hebrew but equally enjoyd the loud English chatter around. The price is not cheap (about $50.00 per person) but it was worth it. Einat, keep up the good work ! You have a good name!

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44 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

Underwhelmed

By hilarybaer on 8/16/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Anything but spectacular. My friend and I ordered the hummus, cauliflower, branzino, and chicken. The appetizers were good (not great). We waited 45+ minutes for our entrees which were wrong. Once they corrected the order, the chicken was dry, the couscous bland, and portions overall skimpy. Dont' recommend.

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38 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Deliciously unexpected

By dianetricia on 7/6/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Looking for vegetarian tapas, I came across this listing and we decided to try it. It was outstanding. We live in New Orleans and come to The city often and have tried the trendy soho eateries and found this to be the unexpected gem. The hummus was fantasticly unique (how unique can hummus be, I thought). The pakoras were heaven. Service was professional and efficient. Prices were reasonable. Diners next to us we're admiring our dishes and we chatted about their choices too.

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36 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

Relaxed Sunday Brunch

By rbz2378 on 11/6/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Food was yummy, I had the Tunisian sandwich, my friend had the Merguez sandwich. We could have easily split one plate, the portions were quite large. My plate came with a tasty salad dressed with pomegranate juice and sea salt, which I devoured. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Would definitely return to try other dishes and recommend to others.

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49 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

Something to Write Home About

By stuyman on 8/2/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went there with my family for my Dad's birthday this weekend. We couldn't be more pleased. We started off with several small plates. The cauliflower and the meatballs crusted with falafel were standouts. The small pizzas were also a great starter. I had the skirt steak, vibrantly spiced and cooked perfectly. My parents had the chicken, juicy, flavorful, and served with a great garlicky dipping sauce. Very satisfying, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. And the red sangria was refreshing and delicious. I'd love to bring my girlfriend here.

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78 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

nothing to write home about

By arievered on 7/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

we followed a good review by the NY Times. were very disappointed. starting with the worst falafel, to the sour (maybe spoiled) humus, to a very small portion of tasteless chicken ($25!!), the over salted Skirt steak, and an uncooked bronzini which was returned to the kitchen three time until we just gave up. stay away

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82 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!

By palofmel2 on 5/14/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Was there last wednesday night. Had the tuna ceviche for my appetiser, steak with a nice side salad for my main, finished it all of with an impressive three-tiered chocolate mouse. The food was fantastic, especially when accompanied with the knowledge that it had been prepared by the hands of the dashing salt-and-pepper haired gentleman-cook I'd seen on my way in. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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163 out of 331 people found this review helpful.

Delicious food and great atmosphere

By luleeaberra on 5/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had dinner at Balaboosta last week with a group of friends. We didn't have a reservation, so we waited about 30minutes at the bar. The food was delicious, my favourite was the falafel meatball starter - try it, you won't be disoppointed! The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed. Great service too, our waiter was extremely friendly and took the time to write down recommendations for us for clubs and bars nearby.

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69 out of 145 people found this review helpful.

einat admony is an excellent chef

By michaelclark on 5/3/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have followed her for several years now...she has a strong point of view on Middle Eastern cusine and she is truly anointed to do what she does and that is to create exquisite and flavorful food!

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74 out of 145 people found this review helpful.

Yummy!

By Roza808 on 4/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food is very good. and the atmosphere is very relaxing, fun and whimsical. Foodwise - my boyfriend and I tried a few dishes together and loved most of them. We started with the pickles - a great dish. I really liked the pickled mushrooms and cauliflowers. We both loved the falafel meat balls. We also tried the shrimps - it was my favorite dish on the menu. For main course we shared the steak - it was a very good steak dish; the meat was moist and flavorful; I also liked the sweet potatoes that it came with. Lastly, we got a free the eggplant burchetta dish - overall it was nice (additional sweetness is needed for this dish). I loved the restrooms; very cool and different from the rest of the restaurant.

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83 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

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