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152 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. West Broadway
Boom is a bust!!
By sivanalamary on 5/2/2010
I would suggest going to Boom if you like the taste and simplicity of a microwaved lean cuisine meal. Nothing is fresh, the drinks are overpriced and the staff is clueless. My guests had to clean our own table and we were asked if we want the appetizers prior to our entree!! The waitress then asked how we want our cod!!? Go to your local supermarket and grab something out of the freezer if you want to replicate the experience we had at Boom!!
Boo to Boom
By kervina on 11/21/2008
I wandered into this very cute looking spot after a shopping trip for a light meal. The wine list was good, especially by the glass selections, but that's where the positive aspects end. The waitress said nothing but "yes" in response and wasn't friendly in the least. I ordered the Parma Bruschetta and a salad. The Bruschetta consisted of 2 pieces of chewy toasted baguette on top of which was laid some cold prosciutto, cold cheese and the hardest tomatoes you've ever tasted. The salad was huge, and hugely disappointing. Picture a Wendy's salad shaker put into a large bowl. Shredded iceberg lettuce, cheap (and a tiny portion) of balsamic dressing, celery, and the same aforementioned tomatoes. Oh and supposedly there was fennel somewhere in there. I was really shocked that such a nice looking spot in a great location can get away with such mediocre food. I would expect better from Olive Garden. To add insult to injury everything is incredibly overpriced. They should move this excuse for an eatery to Times Square and leech off of tourists who don't know any better.
not so great
By mancelin on 11/3/2010
walked in at 3pm for lunch...starving....someone seated us (3 ladies) in the back corner, then walked away....never for anyone to return again. after about 10 minutes of being ignored, i walked up to someone and asked if we would ever get service. finally, someone took our order. we never had the same person come back to our table. was not sure who our server was. the food was average at best. the service was one of worst experiences i have ever had. ALSO, after using the restroom, i realized that the soap i had used at the sink smelled like vomit. i will never return to this restaurant....ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad service; overpriced fare
By kylienyc on 1/10/2009
My boyfriend and I stopped in here on a whim after a day of shopping in SOHO. We were headed to our usual Lure on Mercer St., and we really should have stuck with our plan. It was snowing out, so not too many people were at the restaurant--yet the service was remarkably poor. The employees were too busy chatting with one another, loudly cursing--all while hovering right over our table--and subsequently ignoring the patrons. We were not once asked if we'd like another drink (which, by the way were $13, and done by a horrible mixologist) nor were we asked if our food was satisfactory. It was not. My dish was so incredibly undercooked and tasteless that I should have sent it back. Of course, to do so I would have needed adequate service. Boom was a terrible disappointment, and a pricey one at that. We regularly spend $100+ on a meal and leave perfectly satisfied. Tonight, at Boom, we felt like we wasted our money.
Lousy, over-priced food
By Lydia58 on 5/20/2009
I cannot understand how a restaurant located in such a trendy New York neighborhood can sell such tasteless food and still stay in business. The food was bland at best. The tri-color pasta salad with shrimp was inedible. The shrimp were not de-shelled or cleaned. The lighting was so bad I could not see the shrimp to de-shell or clean them. I had to wrap the whole thing and take home. It didn't taste much better there. Way too dark, too expensive and the band was much too loud. I would never go back.
service was bad!!!
By dbsk421 on 6/29/2008
BOOM was the first restaurant I've been to in SOHO and it was very disappointing. When I called the waiter to place my order, he ignored me and took the order of another person who came later than me. I called him again and he got someone else to take the order. Then, they served a basket with bread which were hard and burnt so I couldn't even eat it. I looked around to see if the bread was usually like this, but all other tables got fresh bread. I ordered fried calamaris as an appetizer which came out all dried up and burnt. My sandwich was okay but again the bread was really hard, so I ended up not eating the other half of my sandwich. Just then, another person ordered the calamaris and they got about double the calamaris that were golden brown and big, not dried up and weird like mine. Everyone else seems to enjoy it from reading the other reviews below. So only explanation I can come up with is either bad luck on my part or since I'm Asian, are the waiters racists?
By MegH1983 on 2/13/2008
We chose Boom for my friendÂ’s 25th bday celebration. We arrived 5 minutes late for our 9pm reservation and our table wasn't ready, understandable considering there were 8 of us, BUT we ended up waiting 45 minutes while all these large parties kept walking by, happily sitting down without a care in the world. When we finally did sit down we had the WORST table in the whole restaurant, right in middle of all the tables, near the entrance to the kitchen and the bathroom with hardly any extra room, mind you the birthday boy is six foot 7. Pretty much every person that walked by bumped into each one of us, especially the coat check lady, she had a real knack for covering our faces with heavy jackets as she pushed by. When the food FINALLY arrived, it was quite delish. Everyone liked it except for my boyfriend, "forgettable" I think was the phrase he used. It was pretty loud, but it was Sat. night so what do you expect. They did give us free bottles of wine b/c of all the hardships we endured. Despite all that however, I might give BOOM a second chance.
By Joyshungry on 5/26/2011
My friend and I stopped by Boom the other day and ordered a pizza to share. There was a live band that was playing, which was fun at first, but it was so difficult to hear that after awhile it became a little exhausting to shout. The pizza was great, but it took half an hour to come. That's all that we ordered since we didn't want to spend a lot. It seems a little overpriced too- especially the drink menu. I enjoyed the decor and the location, but there are plenty of restaurants in NYC like this one that have better service and better food. If this restaurant was in the middle of, say, Wisconsin, it would be booming (no pun intended) with popularity, but since it's in NYC and competing against thousands of fabulous restaurants, I'd say it's worth trying out a different place next time.
Make food, not music
By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005
Sometimes a little too dark, usually a little too loud, Boom brings together a very euro crowd. The food is good, the desserts are even better. Though I couldn't reccomend you one truly stand-out dish. The female bartenders are at least good looking, and besides, who looks at their face when their it's their chest that eyelevel. Right? Joke! I promise. They have late night live music and dancing is always encouraged, after a few more drinks of course. All in all, a fun experience, and actually, if you go earlier in the evening, it could be romantic and relatively quiet.
Fantastic, nothing to complain about
By rouxe on 1/15/2005
The food was delicious, flavored to perfection and served very nicely. The waiters were friendly and had perfect timing. The walls had an aged thing going on, kind of faded and if you look a little closer you see that there were maps painted on the walls. I sat in the front of the restaurant, the whole front was opened up onto the street (it was summer). It wasn't noisy at all. I had the best coffee ice cream ever there, and great chocolate brownie. I'd go back again.
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