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“A Yiddish twist in the heart of Little Italy”
Review of Balaboosta

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Ranked #861 of 13,678 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Nolita
Cross street: Prince and Spring Streets
Transit: 6 train to Spring Street N R W to Prince Street B D F M trains to Broadway/Lafayette
Description: Balaboosta in NOLITA http://carlosmeliablog.com/2010/11/13/balaboosta-in-nolita/
tarpon springs
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Yiddish twist in the heart of Little Italy”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Who else can invite you in to eat but tell you that your limited to 1.5 hours other then a Balaboosta! Without a reservation and desperately looking for a quiet place to get out of the cold damp weather we could not have happened upon a better restaurant. This small, well appointed little gem, had a great mix of small plates and full entries that came out paced perfectly, awesome in design and taste. From the Fried Cauliflower to the Salmon Ceviche as starters, to the perfectly prepared black grouper, and Kale Pasta, we were all Hmmmmming at the table. Great service by Sara and our host (maybe owner) Alex was just wonderful. We would highly recommend this wonderful little restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank buildinnj
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English first
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great for Brunch”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

friends had dinner here and recommended it to us. We went for brunch on Saturday and enjoyed the meal. The options area little different than the average with a Middle eastern twist. Nice atmosphere and simple decoration it's worth making a reservation because the place fills up quickly.

Visited November 2012
Thank anthropology
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Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A fine find and fine food”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I came across this restaurant after a long day being a tourist in New York. I sat at the bar for a few minutes before getting a table. I had the grouper which was very tasty. I had a variation on the traditional NY cheesecake for desert and it was also yummy. A couple of glasses of Viognier washed it all down. And I had my own bottle of water. The surprise of the evening was when a bottle of sparkling wine stored in an area above the window seat decided to pop its cork and showered the people waiting below. The bottle must have exploded since some pieces of glass also came down on the poor unsuspecting patrons.
Why they stored wine up there, I will never know. Good food, good service and some fun too!

Thank Belltownboy
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New York, New York, United States
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hummus that reminds me of Israel”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I've spent some time in Israel, so it's always depressing eating the inferior Israeli condiments in the United States, particularly hummus. Balaboosta, on the other hand, reminds me of Israel. The food is always fresh, simple, and the hummus/pita plate that they serve there is the best I've had in the city. Soft, fluffy pita (not that flat crap), lightly charred, and hummus with zaatar, my favorite spice blend (oregano, basil thyme, thyme and savory). Literally everything on the menu is worth ordering, so go wild. They have Israeli and Morrocan beer on the menu, but neither are worth drinking.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Zach N
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Sounds Kosher, but isn't”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Despite the Yiddish name (balaboosta means highest achiever in homemaking), the fare is neither typical Jewish nor typical Israeli. It presents a fresh take by combining Middle Eastern flavors with Mediterranean foods. My two appetizers - the fluke ceviche and the Israeli street fair covered all food groups and were perfect for a complete dinner. My guest had the market salad and the Bronzino which was done to lemony garlicky perfection. The room is small and the bistro style seating is tight. A terrific date night treat!

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