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181 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Seventh Ave.
By West4th on 6/22/2010
Bobo has added a brunch and its been well worth the wait. I have always been a fan of the bar downstairs for a midweek cocktail. It has a nice sexy Euro scene sans the fancy loafers, hair gel and indoor scarves you tend to get in Soho. I would recommend the weekend brunch scene. Nice calm service for a boozy weekend brunch. I think they have a new chef - the food has definitely improved. Order a cheeky jug of "London Calling" with your farmers omelet.
By LondonTown on 6/22/2010
As a frequent NY visitor I am always keen to check out all the new spots. I use to be a big fan of Keith Mcnally - especially his earlier work. Unfortunately I feel the "f" word creeping in - and his franchise formula is ever expanding. More of the same old chap! I did however stumble upon a truly original West Village spot. Bobo. A nice surprise. Great bar downstairs and a pretty cool garden in the back. It reminded me of why I like New York. Strong cocktails and beautiful women. I had the salmon which was great and my friends loved the fried oysters and duck. Good spot if you want a classic cool West Village experience.
a real treat
By trendvarsel on 6/22/2010
I took guests from out of town here for a Friday night dining experience in the garden. And man was it an experience! We obviously started off with cocktails. I had the bobo which is amazing and I had a sip of my friend's Penny Lane. So good! We shared a starters and everyone were fighting over the fried oysters . I had a fish dish that was so fresh and so tasty and my friend had the duck - she literally licked the plate. The deserts were just amazing. We shared the goat cheese cake and some ice cream sandwiches. the earl gray ice cream was a really nice surprise. The service was attentive, but not pushy. Just the way I like it. I highly recommend an evening at bobo and will come back again and again.
By shm1414 on 6/20/2010
Bobo is not a professionally operated restaurant and patrons should avoid it at all costs. Based on a recent experience with a mid sized group, we suffered frequent incompetence and poor management across the organization - from making a reservation to walking out after waiting for our table for over an hour. New York has a number of fantastic restaurants, do yourself a favour and choose them over Bobo. This restaurant's more appropriate name should be Dodo - a better reflection of its staff and future.
lovely space, good drinks...food was uneven
By natsumikan on 6/7/2010
space feels very cozy-really loved the upstairs bar. bloody mary was smooth, crispy and spicy. service was friendly and efficient. food was uneven...maybe because we were a large party + meal started way behind schedule...I selected endive salad from the menu but got green salad (dressing of pomegranate and blue cheese/walnut was right but lettuce made the overall taste and texture a bit bland). scallops were grilled just right but sauce was a bit too salty; beef dish was too raw for most at my table. i'd like to try again for brunch/see if quality of food is different in regular service one thing about the decor-worn out spines of randomly selected/sized paperbacks didn't quite match the pretty wall; they should take a trip down to Housingworks Used Bookstore to pick up clothbound old books of matching hues from their $1 carts
a good surprise
By brianjames on 4/24/2010
stopped by for dinner without a reservation on a wednesday night and we were seated immediately with a smile. unusually eclectic decor still manages to be upscale. service was smooth, cocktails were delicious (i had the prosecco, my friend a yummy gin/cucumber/lime concoction), and the food + presenation were consistently great. the bitesize For-The-Table morsels (esp. the ahi tuna & avocado piece) whetted the appetite for the signature duck dish with date puree, chorizo & parsnips - great palette of flavor and cooked perfectly. my friend's burger brought raves, and the cabernet complimented everything. a great meal - we'll be back!
Great Valentine's Spot
By krodster on 2/17/2010
I went the Friday before Valentine's, it was a surprise date and was fabulous! The portions can be a little small, but if you have an appetizer and an entree it leaves plenty of room for dessert (I highly recommend the butterscotch pudding). The lamb riblettes appetizer was to die for, crispy on the outside and just fell apart in your mouth on the inside - heavenly. The pea soup had this great smokey bacon flavor to it and the market veggies entree was amazing. if they made me brussel sprouts every night i would eat them and die happy. Overall it was a fantastic experience.
Girlfriend's best birthday, maybe ever
By dutchflyer on 2/3/2010
Read some other reviews, and not sure why they were so poor, maybe they haven't been in awhile? Anyway, my girlfriend wanted to have her birthday party there and we were not disappointed. Ten of us had dinner in the covered garden area behind the upstairs bar, kind of like having a private dining room. The braised short rib I had was perfectly cooked - also heard no complaints from the two other dishes on the prix fixe menu that night (I think scallops and duck breast). We had such a good time that we stuck around the bar for awhile after dinner as well. The bartender who looks like Seth Rogen makes a mean Manhattan.
By hendershot on 2/2/2010
I had heard vague whispers about Bobo from friends who had managed to find the place, which is undercover despite its pretty obvious location right near 7th Avenue. Turns out, that was the point. The crowd seemed to be mostly neighborhood types and a smattering of special occasion diners, like the couple next to us who started on a first date and ended up making out at their corner table. Smoochfest aside: the food was awesome (especially the duck, both appetizer and entree) and the wine list was solid. The waitress we had was knowledgeable without being overbearing. Didn't get to try the bar seating, but it was slammed when we left, so I take that as a good sign.
Really enjoyed this place
By topreviewer on 1/28/2010
Stumbled upon bobo the other night when a friend invited me out to dinner. I had never been but had read quite a lot of stuff (not always good) about it so I was really looking forward to see what it was really like. I have to say that I was really pleased all round. The food was delicious - the small plates that they have in the middle of their menu (did they call them canapes - i can't remember) were sensational - the Ahi Tuna and the B.L.T. were definitely my favorite. the drinks were also a pleasant surprise - I found the wine list to be great value with some really interesting selections - the guy that runs the wine list there - looks just like Seth Rogan!! Anyway I thought the service was tight throughout and really enjoyed myself. I think I'll go and see how brunch is next weekend.
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