Balaboosta

Balaboosta

Mediterranean Restaurant and Israeli Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Gothamist
    Gothamist2 weeks ago
    Chef Einat Admony may offer one of the most virtuous versions of shakshouka in the city, stuffing a cornucopia of vegetables into a fiery tomato sauce for maximum ruffage and flavor. Read more
  • Bond Street
    "One of my favorite neighborhood spots by Israeli chef Einat Admony. Her Shakshuka is out of this world!" - Alexa Mehraban, founder - @eatingnyc
  • Ed
    EdJanuary 28
    Excellent service Great stuffed French toast and shakshuka
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 4, 2016
    chicken schnitzel sandwich with potato chips
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoOctober 25, 2016
    The sampler platter is a great starter.
  • Abe A.
    Abe AnwarSeptember 15, 2016
    Hummus, grilled octopus, Burrata, Steak, and the Chocolate Mousse cake are the best!
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SuttonSeptember 8, 2016
    The best lamburger!!!! Amazing food
  • Allison Z.
    Allison ZangAugust 31, 2016
    Great sangria
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen RodriguezJune 19, 2016
    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, 2016
    The grilled octopus and brick chicken are amazing!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaMay 14, 2016
    Israeli street food pita and roasted eggplant are must orders.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMay 7, 2016
    Grilled branzino? More like grilled branzi-yes.
  • Joel P.
    Joel PlascoMay 5, 2016
    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, 2016
    Fried olives are shockingly tasty
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoyceApril 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Israeli street fair, hummus, cauliflower
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaMarch 19, 2016
    The lamburger was awesome. Lamb cooked medium rare stuffed with cheese topped with grilled onions
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KingMarch 7, 2016
    Grub Street: One of "11 Places to Find Fancy Hummus"
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenFebruary 22, 2016
    The Branzino over Beluga Lentils? Heaven.
  • Aviv G.
    Aviv GadotFebruary 19, 2016
    Good food, very slow service, very small portions. There are better places in the area.
  • Max W.
    Max WendkosFebruary 15, 2016
    That may have been the best steak I've ever had.
  • Tal A.
    Tal AtlasFebruary 11, 2016
    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, 2016
    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.
    Upvoted Mar 3
  • 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.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanFebruary 5, 2015
    Definitely get the lamb burger, stuffed with goat cheese.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanJanuary 30, 2015
    Get the lamb burger
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteJanuary 24, 2015
    I highly recommend the Shakshouka and the Cauliflower! Both are vegetarian friendly but you can also add Merguez sausage.
    Upvoted Mar 3
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaJanuary 18, 2015
    Everything was epic. Service, hummus, grilled calamari special was life changing, crispy cauliflower, and branzino. And date banana bread pudding. I can die now
  • Sven L.
    Sven LenaertsJanuary 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid place. Everything is great, I personally really like the lamb burger.
  • Holiday
    HolidayJanuary 5, 2015
    Delighted with the fried olives and crispy cauliflower. Great staff!
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinJanuary 5, 2015
    A little overrated for brunch, portions are small
  • Anna C.
    Anna CoombeJanuary 4, 2015
    Wonderful food. Quite different.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageDecember 24, 2014
    Shakshuka, yum.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldDecember 16, 2014
    Great appetizers include hummus and cauliflower. Steak was spicy, well prepared and delicious.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniNovember 30, 2014
    Brunch is great: try shakshouka with merger sausage, lamb burger, the French toast, and fresh pita/trio sampler. Can't beat homemade pitas.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichNovember 13, 2014
    Israeli dishes with Mediterranean touches; hummus or grilled eggplant crostini
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Imagine a stick of butter, beautifully seasoned and grilled to perfection. That's the skirt steak. Order it. Medium rare.
  • Houssine B.
    Houssine B.October 16, 2014
    The 'spice rubbed skirt steak' has got to be the most flavorful piece of meat I've ever had. Ask for extra sauce on the side, because that sauce is everything. Also, rose water Knafeh is otherworldly.
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BakerOctober 14, 2014
    Middle Eastern food. Really yummy food and great atmosphere even on a Tuesday night.
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahOctober 13, 2014
    Amazing brunch spot. Don't stick to one dish, order a few for the table and share. Highlights: shakshouka with merguez, brioche French toast, and the lamb burger.
  • John W.
    John WoodsSeptember 27, 2014
    Food's great, memorable even. Recommended.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out Balaboosta as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • In NYC
    In NYCAugust 24, 2014
    Love it. Great food.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Amanda Cohen, chef of Dirt Candy, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Smoked eggplant bruschetta. Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChengAugust 20, 2014
    Could not stop eating the hummus
  • Erin G.
    Erin GriffithAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried olives. Roasted cauliflower. Grilled octopus.
  • Tara Maylyn F.
    Can't go wrong with some shakshuka.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinAugust 7, 2014
    From the fine folks who brought you Taim is this sit-down location around the corner. Cauliflower app is a must, and for lunch, the Corn Flake Crusted Chicken Schnitzel is delicious.
  • Mimi W.
    Mimi WAugust 3, 2014
    Delicious chicken and steak. The fried olives were pretty good. A bit too noisy and cramped for a romantic date.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeJune 20, 2014
    The mini pizza with pureed carrots and cilantro was amazing - three flavors I wouldn't have thought to put together, but they complement each other so well. Get it!
  • Yadia K.
    Yadia KatherineJune 14, 2014
    The food is on point and the bathrooms smell like flowers.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyMay 28, 2014
    Order the corn flake crusted chicken schnitzel - pounded super thin and perfectly crispy. Ask for an extra side of that magical yellow sauce that I want to bathe in.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Mediterranean dishes are down-right delicious with smoked eggplant bruschetta and shrimp wrapped in phyllo dough.
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevMay 17, 2014
    The lamb burger, stuffed with goat cheese, is massive and delicious but falls apart in your hands. Hummus plate was great too, with fresh pita bread.
  • planeting
    planetingMarch 29, 2014
    Grilled Merguez Sandwich, Shakshouka, Lamburger, Fried Olives
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonMarch 19, 2014
    Great for both lunch and dinner. Make a reservation, this place fills up fast.
  • Ania J.
    Ania J.February 21, 2014
    Swiss chard spaghetti=amazing
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanJanuary 19, 2014
    Quinoa hashbrowns and bellinis #FTW
  • L B.
    L BDecember 10, 2013
    Try the Kanafeh
  • Alon B.
    Alon BurgNovember 1, 2013
    Try the israeli street fair and thr Knafe
  • Chiana C.
    Chiana CoronisOctober 31, 2013
    Amazing ceviche - all food incredible and wow service. One of the best places to eat in New York
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneOctober 14, 2013
    Four herb egg scramble ($14) had no herbs but came with quinoa hash being a hash brown with a crunchy quinoa topping - star of the dish! Also came with arugula salad. No soy milk for coffee here, FYI.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 6, 2013
    The goat cheese-stuffed lamburger, made with 8 ounces of Pat LaFrieda lamb, is a great choice.
  • Crystal Z.
    Crystal ZhengSeptember 26, 2013
    Everything here is delicious. But if you really need suggestions - appetizer: fried cauliflower, friend olives, grilled octopus, & ceviche. Entry: short ribs, chicken, steak, & red snapper.
  • Marc Z.
    Marc ZinamanAugust 30, 2013
    Best cauliflower dish I have ever tasted. Also the "knafe" for dessert is heaven!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachAugust 16, 2013
    The chocolate hazelnut mousse is everything I dreamed of as an Israeli 7 year old: Milky (pudding with whipped cream on top—mix it together!) on top of Pesek Zman, roughly Israeli hazelnut Kit-Kat.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldbergAugust 11, 2013
    Great shakshuka for a Saturday brunch craving
  • Justin P.
    Justin PulitzerJuly 13, 2013
    Try the Israeli Street Fair. Really good.
  • Afiya C.
    Afiya ClarkeJuly 13, 2013
    Do not sit in the corner booth! It is filled with fruit flies.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    At last a place that brings authenticity to New York - The Israeli Street Fair’s chicken has just the right tenderness and quality merguez with a great flavor blast from its amba yogurt and pickles.
  • Basak H.
    Basak HaznedarogluJune 21, 2013
    Great lunch spot! Their Shakshuka is something special.
  • Damla
    DamlaDecember 13, 2015
    Dünyadaki en kötü muameleyle karılaştıgım mekandır. Et yanık geldi ve söyledigimde bi dahakine daha az pişmiş isteyin dediler. Ve incelenmek üzere önümden alınan tabak mutfaga gidip geri getirildi.
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