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Al Bustan

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319 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4908 (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
+1 212-759-5933
12:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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207 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went for Valentine's Day dinner but other than the back half of the upstairs being reserved for a private party (which was great to enjoy the music of) it was any other night at the restaurant. The waiter and chef did a very good job catering to two vegans - of course it helps starting with a cuisine that... More 

Thank NYCAngels
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

TERRIBLE service. Made reservation for 9:45 PM on OpenTable. I called them at 9:35 saying I will be 10-15 minutes late due to city traffic around the holidays time. The man on the phone says the kitchen will be closed when I get there. However, OpenTable had a time slot for 10:00 PM so I know their kitchen is open... More 

Thank PartyofShah
New England
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532 reviews
362 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Al Bustan is a large, elegant restaurant. It has an extensive menu of Lebanese specialties - all very good. The service is attentive. Surprisingly it was not very busy - at least on a week night. My only complaint - no regular coffee.

Thank riny
Cincinnati, Ohio
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230 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Nice atmosphere and excellent food and service. Very authentic food Grape Leaves, Kibbee and humus just to mention a few items. Good Lebanese wine reasonable prices..

Thank George S
Elkhart, Indiana
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

COCKROACHES UNDER OUR TABLE. Yes, you read that right- and yes, it was plural. We started the night with high hopes, as we saw this restaurant on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. Unfortunately, our hopes were the only high point of this experience. We made reservations for 8:15, and showed up within the minute. Not only were we not greeted, but... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Found this gem last week in NYC. They had some very authentic food including several choices of Kibbeh. We chose (see pics) the Kibbeh Nayyeh which was lamb here (most places I go it's beef). It was fresh and served with plenty of onion and mint. Quite refreshing and just melted in my mouth. I had the quail for my... More 

Thank rbonis
Armonk, New York
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314 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Tried this restaurant for a taste of Mid East or specifically Lebanese food. They offered a "quick lunch" which suited by time parameter. Very nice. Too much food! Liked the appetizer varieties0 a green salad, babaganouche, humus and some other red item, plus fallafal.Tasty. Meal itself, a skewered beef with veggies and rice, was more than I could handle. Dessert... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

From my experience with this restaurant, the staff are cheating their customers by forcing unreasonable tips in the receipts. The food is so expensive and does not worth the set prices. Also, the staff and manager of the restaurant were so unfriendly when we started discussing the forced tips. So, I encourage everyone to avoid this restaurant.

1 Thank Omar A
Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

I was at Al Bustan earlier this week. We had a noon appointment and got there a little early. So I called and spoke to an old'ish gentleman who came over and let us in and seated us immediately. We ordered a glass of the house Lebanese wine, clearly that wine had been 'breathing' a while. Not quite rancid but... More 

1 Thank Amrith K
Mount Olive, New Jersey
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355 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Al Bustan was not at all crowded on a Saturday night, even so we were sat between two other occupied tables while 3/4 of the Resturant was empty. Service was good and attentive with tap water (in addition to bottled offered) a reasonable red wine from Lebanon. My main was the lamb with okra which was excellent. I also tried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$35
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 319 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022-4908
    (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
  • Public Transportation: E & V trains to 53rd Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-759-5933

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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