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Al Bustan -- thoughts?

Simon | Feb 6, 201208:05 PM

hi...i've seen Al Bustan mentioned here as "best Lebanese" in Manhattan, etc...but i haven't read a recent and comprehensive review...

i tried to go a couple weeks ago...it was 9pm or so on a Saturday, so i called and asked if they were busy...

Guy on Phone: "Yeah, pretty busy"

me: "We're two people. We'd be happy eating at the bar, getting a snack and drinks, or a table late, whatever"

Guy on Phone: "The bar's not open tonight"

me: "Really?"

Guy on Phone: "Maybe some other time"...he hangs up...he had a friendly voice, but clearly had no interest in bringing anyone else into the restaurant that night.

Looking at the website, which seems to show a rather sizable bar, i find it odd that the bar would be closed on a Saturday at 9pm, especially if the place was so busy that they didn't seem to even remotely interested in accepting a party of two who volunteered to eat late, at the bar, wherever...

What's the deal on this place?...does it get bizarrely crowded on weekends?...do they have a real bar?...if so, why would it be closed on a Saturday?...is the food worth another try?...what's the vibe like?...thanks...

Al Bustan
319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

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