Al Bustan

Manhattan – Midtown East

Al Bustan

319 E 53rd St between First and Second Aves
Manhattan, NY


Time Out NY Chef Elias Ghafary"s nearly 20-year-old institution was once the only restaurant in New York offering high-end Lebanese fare. But a move to new contemporary digs (see the blingy chandelier up front) feels like a disconnect from the formal food. The menu hasn"t changed a lick: We enjoyed meze like tender, spicy beef links fragrant with coriander and cumin, and muhammara,{/I} a potent spread made with walnut, red pepper and pomegranate molasses. Entrées were heavy and monochromatic, but it"s the dismal service that could run the place into the ground: Our waiter was neglectful verging on absent.

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  • admission price:
  • Average main course: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
  • additional info:
  • Bar/LoungeBar/Lounge
  • Delivery/TakeoutDelivery/Takeout
  • Good for GroupsGood for Groups
  • HalalHalal
  • Off-Premises CateringOff-Premises Catering

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