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Balaboosta Restaurant – New York, NY

Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NYMint Lemonade

Balaboosta Restaurant

(1) 212 966-7366
214 Mulberry St
(Btw Spring – Prince Streets)
New York, NY 10012


12:00m – 3:00pm    Tuesday   –   Friday
5:30pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
5:30pm – 11:30pm    Friday – Saturday5:30pm – 10:00pm   Sunday
11:00am – 3:00pm    Saturday – Sunday

Continuing our culinary journey of the week, we made our way down the street to Balaboosta., with a top recommendation from the lovely May at Paulino’s.  Here we were lucky to have one of THE most impressive meals we’ve had since, well, last night.  Because truly, Paulino’s was excellent.

However, Balaboosta is a step beyond in refinement, taste, construction and delicacy.  Our third ‘small-plate’ was a truly world class gazpacho.  It featured a cantaloupe base and was embedded with Almond Brittle and Jicama-Mint relish. The mix of the sweetness of the cantaloupe combined with the fresh tomato and  hint of spice from the relish make this as flavorful as fresh garden with the lightness of a granita.  As we are wont to do, we ordered a second Gazpacho for dessert!

There is a varied selection of vegetarian appetizers and pizzas.  Standouts being the  Fried Olives with Organic Labne & Harissa Oil and the Smoked Eggplant Bruschetta accompanied by an Herb & Citrus Salad.  A treat is the the Humus, which is served mashed by hand in a Mortar with the pestle included so you can mash to your hearts content!

The dessert we chose, listed simply as Wild-Berry Crumble with Whipped Cream, was truly surprising in the most wonderful of ways. What was left out of this overly simplistic description in the menu was the custard créme at the bottom of the ramekin.  It added a beautiful sweetness that just made the entire body sing.  The mix of blueberries, strawberries with red & black raspberries put just enough tart into the dish to really excite you about the vanilla-bean laden sweet créme.  We plan on going returning to Balaboosta just for this dessert!

The brunch service is also quite creative – thank you for no Eggs Florentine or Normandy!  There is a delicious coconut french toast and Shakshouka – the Moroccan dish of Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato bell pepper sauce with Spinach. The green scrambled eggs with feta is another lovely palette for both the palate .  Let’s also not forget the grilled breakfast pizza with caramelized onions, spinach, zucchini and organic eggs. Yum!

Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY Green Scrambled Eggs, Served with Quinoa Hash Brown, with Feta, Tomato, Feta and Arugula Salad
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY
Grilled Breakfast Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, Zucchini, Two Sunny Side Eggs, Feta and Za’atar
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NY
fried olives(above photo ©Jeffrey Tastes)
Fried Olives & Organic Labne, Harissa Oil
Balaboosta Restaurant  - New York, NYMalabi custard, with nuts, and orange sauce

Public – New York, NY

Public Restaurant  -  New York


(1) 343-7011
210 Elizabeth St # 1A
(Bet. Prince and Spring)
New York, NY. 10012


10:30am – 3:30pm    Saturday & Sunday
6:00pm – 11:00pm    Monday – Thursday
6:00pm – 12:00am    Friday & Saturday
6:00pm – 10:30pm    Sunday

With its exposed brick walls,  oil lamps, postal boxes, a wooden library, high ceilings and a room hidden by white drapes, Public gives an overall industrial feeling while still feeling friendly.  Situated in a former muffin factory, Public was designed by the Avroko group, who were awarded ‘Best Restaurant Design’ and ‘Best Restaurant Graphics’ by the James Beard Foundation for this striking restaurant with its polished rawness.

Public has earned one Michelin star for what may be the most creative brunch in New York; offering truly global fusion cuisine.  The serving staff is usually quite friendly, but the hostesses can be off putting.  They are usually a bit young and seem to be hired for looks over experience, but that is nitpicking.  The real star is the wonderful food, which always has us coming back.

Public Restaurant  -  New York
Turkish eggs

The perennial go to dish is the Turkish eggs.  Which I believe is one of the top two egg dishes in New York.  (the other being the Truffle Egg Toast at ‘Ino).  Two perfectly poached eggs resting in pure Greek yogurt surround with a spicy melted butter, infused with kirmizi biber (Turkish red pepper flakes).   Accompanied with a soft in the middle, crispy on the crust grilled sourdough,  the only issue with this dish is the addiction it creates and the lengths you will go to for satisfaction.

Each plate is its own entity, with a menu designed as carefully as the space.  From the Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses to the Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup nothing is amiss.

Another item definitely worth a try is one of the top best Virgin Mary’s.  With just the right amount of spice and a deep tomato flavor and cilantro. It certainly helps that they make their own vegetable juice and use a mix of salt with fresh black pepper to rim the glass.

Public Restaurant  -  New YorkBlack pudding waffles with red wine poached pears and whipped foie gras butter
Coconut pancakes(above photo © Tina Wong)
Coconut Pancakes with Fresh Ricotta, Mango Salad and Ginger-Lime Syrup


Public Restaurant  -  New York
Lentil and avocado salad with with pomegranate molasses


Public Restaurant  -  New York

Exterior of Public(above photo © Tina Wong