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214 Mulberry St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10012-4130 (Prince and Spring Streets)
+1 212-966-7366
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:30
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Portola Valley, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for dinner with our cousins because we were told the food was mediterranean and fabulous. Not so much.... My cousin had the lamburger - meh. His wife had the street fare- very disappointing. Small portions of what was considered hummus, felafel and something else unrecognizable. The name of the restaurant promised more but delivered less.

Thank RGM18
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly nice little address, short menu but good quality and tasty! Bartender with braces was just funny and nice, a real signature personality. The rest of staff was friendly, even if at the end of the evening they ran a bit out of gas. But all in all, I loved it and will definitely return!!! Good !!!!

Thank GManners
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there with high expectation, and were very happy to find a warm and nice restaurant. The shocking was when we received the meal. For example - The Humus was from the supermarket, the Labane had taste of cream. The after tastes of the oil, wasn't left us for couple of hours. Very high prices for terrible food .

Thank orit k
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102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 583 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small place had fantastic food. I had the spinach omelette and a side of the lamb sausage and it was so completely delicious!! Served with a side of grilled bread, it was fantastic!! Coffee was amazing as well. Service was less than optimal. Be prepared for that.

2 Thank pes7
United States
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Refreshing and creative cocktails, delicious food in a small space with a cool vibe. Shared Brussel sprout special - amazing; crispy cauliflower - a signature dish according to the server; hummus and pita - the best ever; kale and octopus. All wonderful. Small plates, appetizers and entrees. Also desserts. We were too full to try dessert, but the cheesecake with... More 

Thank Sydney1015
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151 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We came across this restaurant, by accident and as it was getting rather late popped inside, the fare is fairly simple but well cooked and individually prepared. I had the Lamburger, which was very tasty, it was listed under sandwiches, fortunately we had been in New York for a few days and had come to realise that "sandwiches" did not... More 

Thank Richard I
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We were staying in an AirBnB above Balaboosta so pre-booked a table. We were so glad we did, as the restaurant was heaving. Started with a Brooklyn Gin and tonic. They were great, we then had the fried olives which were as good as every other review says. I then wanted the octopus salad as a starter, but they didn't... More 

Thank KinkyNoodle
Reykjavik, Iceland
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We were very lucky to get a table on a short notice and were extremely happy that we did try this restaurant out. Got great fried olives and hummus to start with and the main courses were delicious. The place was packed which created a nice atmosphere.

1 Thank Bardagadvergur
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

First night on a visit to NYC. Read excellent reviews on Balaboosta, so we made a reservation (recommended). We weren't disappointed, except none of the desserts were exciting (stopped for gelato walking back). As noted in other reviews, grilled octopus (pictured), eggplant bruschetta and branzino (pictured) were exceptional. Very friendly and attentive service.

1 Thank James P
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful find! Fabulous food, intriguing dishes beautifully prepared and presented, and superb, welcoming service in a lovely, cozy atmosphere. We happened by on a busy Saturday night without a reservation but were nonetheless welcomed to the bar, where we had a superb evening with Nicolai attending to us as though we were family. He guided us through a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 Mulberry St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10012-4130
    (Prince and Spring Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to Spring Street N R W to Prince Street B D F M trains to Broadway/Lafayette
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighbourhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: +1 212-966-7366
Balaboosta in NOLITA

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Nolita

Neighbourhood Profile
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighbourhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighbourhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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