All Reader Reviews of...
181 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Seventh Ave.
The bohemian theme should not go along with the food
By asdeyong on 10/31/2007
Walking into the basement entrance of this brownstone converted restaurant, you are greeted by a friendly staff and and a romantic decor which screams promises of a magnificant dinner. Unfortunatley the same cannot be said about the kitchen. Even though the menu was limited, the selection was diverse enough to satisfy many palates. What i was served was a poor excuse for gnochi and my dates chicken was drier than the antique wood that decorates the establishment. Overall, the place was nice and romantic and would be a favorite spot of mine if the food was only better.
By toothlesskinch on 11/14/2007
The design of Bobo is something that needs to be seen. Soft fabrics mingle with marble bars and antique fireplaces as crystal chandeliers tumble from the ceiling in this converted west village town house. A perfect match for all this elegance, the service is warm and accommodating and extremely good at what they do. The food is beyond reproach. My date and I loved the chestnut soup and steak tartar (seriously, one of the best in the city) . Her fish was delicious and the pork fricassee I had was tremendous. This is definitley a "must go" for anyone looking for a great meal in a beautiful setting.
The worst dining experience I've ever had....
By djoanie on 12/10/2007
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.
You have to BUY a glass of water!
By kkarns on 12/18/2007
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.
Find a new chef
By petey on 1/15/2008
The entire place is beautiful, in a quirky Village sort of way. So when they sat 6 of us at a table better suited for four we let it pass as part of the ambience. The menu was expensive, and wasn't coherent from dish to dish, or from app to entree, but we trusted everything would work out... unfortunately it did not. I tried the lamb, which came out as three very thin and fatty chops (everyone else at the table who ordered the lamb got the same), with weak accompanements. The pork dish was the only dish that we agreed was nice, but not worth going back for. Desert was ok, but not memorable. We all had high hopes for Bobo, and went on a special occassion, and all left sad, mad, and dissapointed.
Love the room for drinks......then go out for dinner elsewhere
By rfarch on 2/16/2008
It all sounded very inviting from my friends description and reminded me pleasently of the former Mary Anns on Bedford street that closed a few years ago. I found the wine list unusual but disappointing and overpriced. The glass of red I had was served cold not because it was refrigerated but because the bottle was parked up against the cold glass window at the bar window at the stylish upstairs bar where we chose to eat. I had Lamb Du Feur which appeared to be an appetizer although it was a $25.00 entree and came room temperature. It was carefully prepared in the kitchen but clearly some one was'nt paying attention and left it there too long. I wanted very much to love this place with great physical appeal but left disappointed and hungry. Really who needs another pretentious eatery in New York City. I would go back for drinks at the bar with friends or colleagues for a buisness drink not dinner and then off to Extra Virgin or Pastis or Cafe Cluny for dinner.
Great decor and ambience, good - not great - food
By lrt1082 on 4/2/2008
I read about Bobo when its decor was reviewed by Domino magazine and couldn't wait to try it out. Decor and ambience more than lived up to expectations... I wanted to move in! We found the service a little pushy when it came to the special (chances of one of three people ordering lamb for 2? slim) and when we ordered a bottle of wine our waitress suggested a different one, which granted probably was more what we were looking for, but she failed to mention that it was in a price range higher than the bottle we'd chosen. My friend loved the ravioli, but my other friend and I found our slices of pork tough to cut and served with side slabs of what my friend guessed was "fried cheese" but I think was a crispy slab of fat with a bit of meat more akin to duck than pork. All in all it was a nice dinner, but at $60/person for an entree and a drink, I'd probably only go back for a drink.
By thegreat on 4/7/2008
I was so excited when Bobo opened in my neighborhood. The decor was charming, the food was good and I dined there often. Over time, it became clear to me that Bobo is not the neighborhood restaurant I had hoped it to be. After a few recent experiences, it is clear that these folks are in it for the money and the money alone. Bobo looks great, but has no soul. How disappointing.
Well I loved it!
By richardsneekes1 on 5/14/2008
I really don't get what all the negative reviews about bobo are for? My wife and i went the other evening and sat on the beautiful terrace. Both our service and our food were first rate. The cocktails at the bar are original and tasty and the ambience is superb. I will definitely go back as it's now one of my favorite places to go. I'm actually glad that some people don't like it as it makes it easier for me to get one of those beautiful tables on the terrace!
By robot66 on 5/15/2008
Wow what a fantastic spot! Just discovered this place on my way home from work last night. Sat in the garden (beautiful) and sipped gorgeous cocktails until the sun went down and then managed to work on the hostess to give us a table and moved inside and dined like a queen. The charcuterie plate was amazing! Followed that with the beef that is served with a lovely garnish of ramps (wild leeks as my server pointed out). Finished the night in heaven feasting on the chocolate souffle. Such a great time - staff were lovely, food was great and OMG you should check out the decor - great! Will definitely be going back soon.
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