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Bobo

181 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Seventh Ave.
212-488-2626

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7
Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

60% would go back.

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Chicken and Artichokes

By DivaDiner on 1/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 0
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: (NA)
  • Décor: (NA)
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's been awhile since I've visited, but the food is phenomenal. My fav website has a video with Chef Patrick Connolly preparing Chicken and Artichokes that was helpful to view before going. Click below to watch the video: http://video.behindtheburner.com/video/Chicken-Hearts-and-Herbs-with-C# Enjoy!

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69 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

ABSOLUTELY AWFUL

By nycwinegirl on 9/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Absolutely THE WORST restaurant I've been to, go to Balthazar instead. Too cramped, NOT "fusing the comforts of home into an urban dining setting, classically hip restaurant," as we heard this repeatedly from the Bobo "team." We get it, we live in nyc (urban enough?), and Bobo doesn't cut it or get it. The entree I ordered, DRY wild stripe bass and chorizo w/ basil sauce (whopping $27). The bass wasn't scored so it didn't curl and it didn't soak up any flavor. This dish, an alchemy of flavors gone completely wrong. My client had the slow roasted rib eye, it was chewy and lacked exciting flavors (his expression said it all). The waiter disappeared but I didn't want to draw further attention to the embarrassing fact that I brought my client here to impress him. The service made me feel uncomfortable - the entire staff swarmed around corporate clients and their "in-crowd," forgetting the rest of us. I don't know who designed the beverage list but I don't want to know. I wouldn't recommend this place to ANYONE.

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100 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

ABSOLUTE RUBBISH

By shm1414 on 6/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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50 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

Dont bother

By hellomissy on 9/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Food is unbelievably below standard....over cooked fish, very oversalted food overall, ... like someone with zero food training prepared dishes...sliced tomatoes as a starter? poorly sliced at that, to the point we laughed. Wait staff were ill informed, had to be called for to make orders, and slow when they could be found...

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75 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

oohhh Bobo..... You disappoint me.....

By eseconsultingsucks on 12/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

At least you didn't get a case of diarrhea. And I had gas pain all night long.

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60 out of 114 people found this review helpful.

Absolutly Horrible

By mpreihs on 12/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I'm very surprised at some of the reviews because our experience was not good. The place does have a trendy feel though a bit loud. 3 of the 6 meals were sent back because they were cold. Service was almost non-existent but they were more than happy to add 20% gratuity to the bill. After a 5 minute discussion with the manager he finally relented and took the $6 fee off the check for tap water. I would've thought they'd throw in the water after we just spent $464 on bad food and service. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.

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80 out of 153 people found this review helpful.

You have to BUY a glass of water!

By kkarns on 12/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Sadly, I will not be returning to this beautiful space. Our server was terrible (confused - and unhelpful) and the food was mediocre at best. Plus - bobo acts "cheap." The portions are small yet expensive, and they charge $1 for a glass of water. The water at Bobo is "filtered" therefore they charge $1 each for "unlimited amounts" of water. I take offense to having to pay for a glass of tap water (filtered or not) - especially when the food has little value. Even though it is pretty to look at - I will not be going back.

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127 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

smoke and mirrors

By Nachochacho on 9/4/2009

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

We thought we would be stepping into the Belle Epoque, a gilded hour of ambiance and over-the-top food, but where we thought we would find ostrich plumes, we found carefully arranged dead flowers. While it was cheerfully promoted as Victorian chic, what we experienced instead was the happy Gothic underbelly of New York hipsters. In the same way we walked into a world we weren't expecting, turns out the food and drinks came out in unexpected ways as well. A "Fordham" cocktail of gin, St. Germain, lime juice and a cucumber, which we expected to be sharp, turned out to be more like Mike's Hard Lemonade. The food was equally disenchanting; the menu's Ahi Tuna Salad, which seemed to be nicoise, came out in deconstructed mounds of flavorless sashimi, gummy green beans, and an assortment of what appeared to be canned condiments: olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, chopped egg salad, fried onions, and yukon golds a la mayonaise. Don't be lured in by the smoke and mirrors.

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71 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

Overpriced Prison food

By WelshAlieninNewYork on 3/4/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

BoBo over promises and painfully under delivers. The cutesey West Village townhouse spot has got atmosphere, ambiance and all that stuff down. Unfortunately they've forgotten about the food and service. It took about 40 minutes for them to take our drinks order by which point I was considering stealing a bottle from the rack beside me. Once the wine was poured, it was not poured again. Then it ran out. No one asked if we wanted more, which is a shame, because you definately need to be drunk to deal with the food here. Appetizer was described as a cereal and bacon stuffed Leek. What materialized was a small bowl of uncooked grains with a poached egg on top. Where was the Leek? I am Welsh, I wanted my Leek. Entree was an unseasoned fried chicken breast atop a tasteless mush of risotto. There was supposed to be sausage. There was no sausage. Maybe it was in the same place as the Leek? I tried to save the night with a cocktail. Another fail. Watery, weak and lacking in any flavor. At the end of the night the real bad taste though in the form of the check. They had added service charge because there was 6 of us. $100 a head. I felt sick and it wasn't the crappy food this time.

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75 out of 149 people found this review helpful.

The worst dining experience I've ever had....

By djoanie on 12/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

From the moment we walked through the door the experience was horrible. The sour pussed hostess claimed not to have our reservation at the time we made it for, next she begrudgingly seated us in the worst possible table she could find (next to the bar and service area) and then ended with the manager asking when we planned on leaving. This is not a joke, the manager came over and asked how long we would be because he had people waiting on the table. The food was decent (however very rushed) and I have to say the place was charming but PLEASE train your employees. I'm sorry that your hostess can not write down the correct time in a book, it sounds challenging and I've never actually done it but I'm sure someone out there could do this job. And the manager? This is the guy that handles your customer relations??? I love a $500 meal coming to a close with someone asking me when I plan to leave. Too many good restaurants out there to waste your time on this one.

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107 out of 215 people found this review helpful.

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