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Al Bustan

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319 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4908 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
2127595933
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Armonk, New York
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284 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried this restaurant for a taste of Mid East or specifically Lebanese food. They offered a "quick lunch" which suited by time parameter. Very nice. Too much food! Liked the appetizer varieties0 a green salad, babaganouche, humus and some other red item, plus fallafal.Tasty. Meal itself, a skewered beef with veggies and rice, was more than I could handle. Dessert... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

From my experience with this restaurant, the staff are cheating their customers by forcing unreasonable tips in the receipts. The food is so expensive and does not worth the set prices. Also, the staff and manager of the restaurant were so unfriendly when we started discussing the forced tips. So, I encourage everyone to avoid this restaurant.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I was at Al Bustan earlier this week. We had a noon appointment and got there a little early. So I called and spoke to an old'ish gentleman who came over and let us in and seated us immediately. We ordered a glass of the house Lebanese wine, clearly that wine had been 'breathing' a while. Not quite rancid but... More 

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Mount Olive, New Jersey
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334 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Al Bustan was not at all crowded on a Saturday night, even so we were sat between two other occupied tables while 3/4 of the Resturant was empty. Service was good and attentive with tap water (in addition to bottled offered) a reasonable red wine from Lebanon. My main was the lamb with okra which was excellent. I also tried... More 

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Thank RDCononver
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

We waited for 15 min after ordering some simple starters (Hummus and Tabbula salad). I asked to see the owner, who initially said it takes 15 min because they prepare everything fresh! Clearly not truthful and when I said I didn't believe him, he apologised and said "kitchen staff had gone for lunch themselves!" To his credit, he brought us... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

This place is a jewel. The food is incredibly good (maybe too much). The hospitality is gracious. The wines from the Bekaa Valley -- strife in the region notwithstanding -- are extraordinary. Rhone blends that are on a par with the best of Paso Robles and more approachable when young than comparable French wines. A little off the beaten track... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

One of the best Lebanese restaurants. I have been visiting for years and the quality is always great. The service is also very good. In my opinion Lebanese food is the best and tastiest in the Middle East, and Al Bustan holds its ground there with brilliant colors.

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Thank Francoisdlb
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a halal restaurant and found this middle eastern restaurant. We ordered mixed grill, grill chicken and lamb. The meat were really tasty and succulent. There are not many halal restaurant and we are glad the food in this restaurant was good.

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Thank Angelia S
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54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We went for lunch with very little expectation and food turned out to be exceptional. It was fairly empty which made the service excellent. The Lebanese pizza was outstanding. So was the lamb. Great place to go to

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Mexico City, Mexico
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123 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

I met friends here, my first time here. My friends recommended this restaurant. The service lack attentive details. The array of appetizers ordered were the best part of the meal. I don't know if I would return.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $35
Cuisine
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4908
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: E & V trains to 53rd Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 2127595933

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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