Balaboosta

Balaboosta

Mediterranean Restaurant and Israeli Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Nate F.
    Nate Folkert1 day ago
    chicken schnitzel sandwich with potato chips
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoOctober 25
    The sampler platter is a great starter.
  • Abe A.
    Abe AnwarSeptember 15
    Hummus, grilled octopus, Burrata, Steak, and the Chocolate Mousse cake are the best!
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SuttonSeptember 8
    The best lamburger!!!! Amazing food
  • Allison Z.
    Allison ZangAugust 31
    Great sangria
  • Carmen R.
    The hanger steak, the lamb shoulder, and the shrimp appetizer is amazing! Their wine selection is short and sweet but all great.
  • Brian
    BrianJune 12
    The grilled octopus and brick chicken are amazing!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaMay 14
    Israeli street food pita and roasted eggplant are must orders.
  • Sandra R.
    Grilled branzino? More like grilled branzi-yes.
  • Joel P.
    The small plate starters are the best. Humus, eggplant, fried cauliflower, the Israeli street food plate, all amazing. Mains also great and the knafeh (middle eastern cheesecake) is incredible.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneApril 29
    Fried olives are shockingly tasty
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 3
    Been here 5+ times
    Israeli street fair, hummus, cauliflower
  • Matthew M.
    The lamburger was awesome. Lamb cooked medium rare stuffed with cheese topped with grilled onions
  • Rachel K.
    Grub Street: One of "11 Places to Find Fancy Hummus"
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenFebruary 22
    The Branzino over Beluga Lentils? Heaven.
  • Aviv G.
    Aviv GadotFebruary 19
    Good food, very slow service, very small portions. There are better places in the area.
  • Max W.
    Max WendkosFebruary 15
    That may have been the best steak I've ever had.
  • Tal A.
    Tal AtlasFebruary 11
    Foods were not bad but not nearly as flavorful as one would hope from a place as well regarded, and pricy, as this.
  • Naveed S.
    Naveed SheikhJanuary 20
    The skirt steak was excellent. However be aware that portions are generally small for the amount you pay.
  • Rodrigo N.
    I came for brunch. The food was perfect and the service also good and fast. I had scrumble eggs with a mini quinoa burger. I wish they had put more eggs on it. Anyway it was delicious!
  • Adit K.
    Adit KumarDecember 24, 2015
    Shakshuka and cabbage salad
  • Davneet K.
    Davneet KohliDecember 10, 2015
    Went for brunch. Everything is supper yummy. Went with a group of friends and shared everything.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksDecember 6, 2015
    The pita bread is as original as can be. Hummus was delicious- creamy. Also serve Lebanese beer which we must try especially the wheat!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley ReinerNovember 24, 2015
    Burrata w/pesto toast, Patatas bravas, the charred broccoli, the Carmelized cauliflower, and the hummus were the real winners. Man I'm so full
  • Henali
    HenaliNovember 17, 2015
    Shakshuka!!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RayleSeptember 15, 2015
    Shakshuka was very good.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngSeptember 12, 2015
    This place is really solid. All of their appetizers were amazing
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedSeptember 8, 2015
    Burrata and cherry tomatoes were heavenly 🍅
  • Yulia
    YuliaSeptember 5, 2015
    Great place to go for brunch! Delicious shakshuka as well as the cold appetizer plate (the madbucha was absolutely great!) but skip the banana bread pudding for dessert - it's not worth it.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 13, 2015
    Just close your eyes and order away. Everything is great here. The steak and lamb chop entree were delicious. If you lift weights you will probably walk out hungry. ALL dishes are small.
  • Tuhin K.
    Tuhin KumarAugust 7, 2015
    We had the fried olives, the fish from entree and Lamburger. All really good.
  • Dustin
    DustinAugust 7, 2015
    Chicken schnitzel was very crispy.
  • Leo K.
    Leo KimJuly 29, 2015
    Good sit down lunch spot for groups. Lamb burger was deeeeeeelicious.
  • Loren
    LorenJuly 27, 2015
    Delicious mediterranean brunch. Get the shakshouka, of course.
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacJuly 26, 2015
    The drinks are great! Get the ones names after girls :)
  • Bonnie E.
    Bonnie EisenmanJuly 19, 2015
    Shakshuka is great, and the service is good.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanJuly 13, 2015
    Cozy spot in soho. For dinner, the cauliflower appetizer and the Israeli street fair are a must, as is extra za'tar pita. Branzino is delicious. For brunch, I dream about the shakshuka.
  • Ariel B.
    Ariel BMay 30, 2015
    Cauliflower, fried olives, skirt steak, hazelnut mousse. Sick sick sick
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GoodwynMay 25, 2015
    Delicious food all around. The atmosphere is ideal for a small gathering or a date.
  • Mischa L.
    Mischa LumiereMay 21, 2015
    Tasty brunch! The cabbage salad is to die for. Order two!
  • Emma C.
    Emma CramerApril 26, 2015
    This place is Taim's fancy older sister. The schnitzel was delicious. Also loved the flavored iced tea.
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonApril 5, 2015
    The Skirt Steak and cocktails were good, but the service was pretty poor - the place wasn't even that full.
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanApril 4, 2015
    Have only been for brunch. Love this place. The lamb burger is ridiculously good.
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuMarch 31, 2015
    The lamb burger is hearty and flavorful ... Shashuka is great too
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkMarch 15, 2015
    Shakshouka is the best one on brunch menu.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoMarch 4, 2015
    The steak sandwich is perfect, the meat just falls right off.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinMarch 3, 2015
    Excellent service and great date spot. I'm not a huge eggplant fan but the eggplant crostini was great. Got the israeli street food, also a tasty app
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChildsFebruary 22, 2015
    Great for lunch with friends.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 21, 2015
    Order the Moroccan fish cazuela & the grilled skirt steak
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierFebruary 6, 2015
    Solid, but nothing stands out.
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