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!
(1) 212 966-7366
214 Mulberry St
(Btw Spring – Prince Streets)
New York, NY 10012
12:00 – 15:00 Tuesday – Friday
17:30 – 23:00 Monday – Thursday
17:30 – 23:30 Friday – Saturday
17:30 – 22:00 Sunday
11:00 – 15:00 Saturday – Sunday