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“Weekend brunch”
Review of Balaboosta

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Ranked #989 of 13,826 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/
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Weekend brunch”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

My wife and I spotted Ballaboosta after grabbing a falafel sandwich next door in Taim on our first day in New York. A couple of days later we thought we would try brunch here and we weren't disappointed. I had the the shakshuka and merguez sausage ($18) and my wife had the coconut brioche French toast ($13). The shakshuka had great flavour and the eggs were poached perfectly. My wife's French toast looked great coming with a berry compote and maple syrup. Fortunately she was feeling generous and allowed me a taste! The brioche toast was really fluffy and soft and was so good that we returned on the Sunday for brunch #2 so that I could order myself a full portion. Overall we thought it represented good value for brunch and the service was also very attentive and friendly. We'll be back when we return to New York!

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
756 reviews
407 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
“Unique Middle Eastern Food”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Balaboosta is a fine dining restaurant owned by the same owner as the very popular taiim felafel (in fact there is a taiim right next to this location). Balaboosta serves nouveau Middle Eastern cuisine. Everything tastes fresh. Highly recommend their grilled fish of day. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere too.

Thank Katrin S
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Birmingham, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great Saturday afternoon brunch”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My wife heard some great things about this restaurant, so it was a perfect choice before shopping. The brunch menu gave our party many choices. From the lamburger, skirt steak, to the Spanish omelette sandwich, everything was excellent. The bread used in the sandwiches was excellent so were the carmelized onions. The skirt steak was seasoned to perfection. A great blend of seasonings on every dish. Just wish we could tried a few more dishes.

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“I can never eat another tuna sandwich in any other place again”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Having been a fan of einat Admony for a while via Taim, I had high expectations from this new venture of hers - folks, I wasn't dissappointed in the least! I went to Balaboosta for bruch with a group of 9 others. The service was wonderful and friendly and helped to support the jovial mood we were all in. I ordered the Tunisian Tuna Sandwich. With my first bite, I could tell this was no ordinary sandwich. High quality tuna mixed with the best harissa ever, sliced hard-boiled egg and potato and pickled carrots gave it that vinegar taste that balanced everything out. This masterpiece was then made more wonderful by placing it between toasted ciabatta bread. OMG! I will be back here again and again and again.....

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Dana C
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great meal in a very New York restaurant. Not to be missed”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

This restaurant is so good, it is hard to write about. Wonderful friendly service, food that is spectacular but not fussy, a lively but sophisticated ambience and all at a not unreasonable price for this Mediterranean food with a slight Jewish slant. We ordered two appetizers for the table (we were 4) and a main and desert apiece. All were just great . I would go back in a minute. I will the next time I am in NYC.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank BennettG
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