Bolo

★★★★☆

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I agree this restaurant is a little pricey but the food is excellent., esp. the paella. We found the noise level a bit much but it was a lot of fun. The bar is fillled w/ a lot of young people, & everyone seems to be having a good time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I agree this restaurant is a little pricey but the food is excellent., esp. the paella. We found the noise level a bit much but it was a lot of fun. The bar is fillled w/ a lot of young people, & everyone seems to be having a good time.

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Although a bit pricey the only time I go is on a special occasion like a birthday celebration or a group event because then we can split the bill. The food is excellent for those who like Spanish cuisine with a hint of heat to your mouth.

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★★★★☆

Although a bit pricey the only time I go is on a special occasion like a birthday celebration or a group event because then we can split the bill. The food is excellent for those who like Spanish cuisine with a hint of heat to your mouth.

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I went to to Bolo last night with my family for my father's 55th birthday. Overall the experience was very good - the service was topnotch, the food excellent and the ambience casual, yet with an upscale vibe. The tapas are small, and can come in plates of four. Good thing we ordered two sets of four tapas, because one set would not have been enough for the food of us. The tapas were all very good, with the exception of the quail egg in the artichoke heart, and the flavors were sophisticated in taste. The entrees too were nothing short of excellent. The pork tenderloin was perfectly tender. I got the butternut squash risotto which was very good, although a little too rich in butter for me. I would have like to taste the squash more. I definitely recommend Bolo.

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★★★★☆

I went to to Bolo last night with my family for my father's 55th birthday. Overall the experience was very good - the service was topnotch, the food excellent and the ambience casual, yet with an upscale vibe. The tapas are small, and can come in plates of four. Good thing we ordered two sets of four tapas, because one set would not have been enough for the food of us. The tapas were all very good, with the exception of the quail egg in the artichoke heart, and the flavors were sophisticated in taste. The entrees too were nothing short of excellent. The pork tenderloin was perfectly tender. I got the butternut squash risotto which was very good, although a little too rich in butter for me. I would have like to taste the squash more. I definitely recommend Bolo.

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My friend and I went to Bolo last night as part of Restaurant week. We couldn't get a reservation when we called, but were willing to sit at the bar as they told us they offered full menu service. When we arrived, the hostess greeted us with a big smile, and I told her we didn't have a reservation. She looked at us and said, 'but you're hungry,' and fortunately she sat us immediately. As we sat down, I noticed a plate of mixed olives sitting on the table- my kind of place! They kept bringing more too. We had browsed the restaurant week menu online but hadn't yet looked at the a la carte menu. Let's just say it was hard to stick to the set menu. Our waitress came over and took our drink order, and we ordered a bottle of white wine from the extensive wine list. It was off, but they were not phased at all and we picked a new bottle. We ordered a cheese plate to start, which was devine. There were four cheeses- machengo, blue, mahon and one other. For appetizers, I ordered the salmon tartare and my friend had the chopped salad. The salad was good, but nothing to rave about, but the tartare was perfect. I had the scallops served with spinach and lentils, which was also a really good dish. The risotto was a little on the bland side though. For dessert, I had the chocolate cake with apricot sauce, and my friend had the lemon pannecota, both really good, although we could only manage a couple of bites. Overall the meal was really good. It was a last minute decision and we were lucky to get in, but it was a real treat. The entire staff was so friendly and genuine, something I feel is lacking from a lot of restaurants in NYC. We will definitely be back again, so I can explore the a la care and wine menus a litle more.

2
★★★★★

My friend and I went to Bolo last night as part of Restaurant week. We couldn't get a reservation when we called, but were willing to sit at the bar as they told us they offered full menu service. When we arrived, the hostess greeted us with a big smile, and I told her we didn't have a reservation. She looked at us and said, 'but you're hungry,' and fortunately she sat us immediately. As we sat down, I noticed a plate of mixed olives sitting on the table- my kind of place! They kept bringing more too. We had browsed the restaurant week menu online but hadn't yet looked at the a la carte menu. Let's just say it was hard to stick to the set menu. Our waitress came over and took our drink order, and we ordered a bottle of white wine from the extensive wine list. It was off, but they were not phased at all and we picked a new bottle. We ordered a cheese plate to start, which was devine. There were four cheeses- machengo, blue, mahon and one other. For appetizers, I ordered the salmon tartare and my friend had the chopped salad. The salad was good, but nothing to rave about, but the tartare was perfect. I had the scallops served with spinach and lentils, which was also a really good dish. The risotto was a little on the bland side though. For dessert, I had the chocolate cake with apricot sauce, and my friend had the lemon pannecota, both really good, although we could only manage a couple of bites. Overall the meal was really good. It was a last minute decision and we were lucky to get in, but it was a real treat. The entire staff was so friendly and genuine, something I feel is lacking from a lot of restaurants in NYC. We will definitely be back again, so I can explore the a la care and wine menus a litle more.

Pros: Excellent Service, Extensive wine list, Great food

Cons: Tables are close together

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I ate at Bolo last night for dinner with my boyfriend. I had high expectations for this restaurant and I have to admit that I really respect Bobby Flay. I know most prefer and are bigger fans of Mesa, but I don't think people should write off this Flatiron Spanish treat. The host at the door was very nice, he told us that while he could not give an exact time as to when a table would be ready (we did not have reservations), he said we could sit at the bar, and he would keep us updated in 20 minutes if it should take longer than the estimate of 20-30 minutes. We each had a drink and were seated before we could finish one (about 20 minutes). It took more time than necessary to get a drink at the bar; however, the bartender was friendly. The service itself was very average, not terrible but not great either. Our waiter was polite, but did not come back to check how our meals were or if we needed more drinks, and when he finally did, did it much too late. I find that being a young couple (myself 21, my boyfriend 23) I get substandard service. The white Sangria was wonderful and full of citrus flavor. The tapas were the highlight of the night and I only wish I could have ordered more of them. I disagree with the negativity towards them, they are designed to be small and full of powerful, inviting flavors. I also disagree with the food being bland; it may not be as colorful as Flay's other restaurants, but certainly not bland. I had the rabbit and cauliflower risotto (creamy and delicious), and my boyfriend stuck with the safe choice of black-pepper Angus steak. Both were very good. The price I thought was very reasonable as well. The ambience and decor, while not very elaborate, was simple, unique and colorful. The tables towards the back provided a comfortable atmosphere perfect for conversation amongst friends or an intimate date. The cons here were very limited, and the food was above standard. I would highly recommend Bolo.

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★★★★★

I ate at Bolo last night for dinner with my boyfriend. I had high expectations for this restaurant and I have to admit that I really respect Bobby Flay. I know most prefer and are bigger fans of Mesa, but I don't think people should write off this Flatiron Spanish treat. The host at the door was very nice, he told us that while he could not give an exact time as to when a table would be ready (we did not have reservations), he said we could sit at the bar, and he would keep us updated in 20 minutes if it should take longer than the estimate of 20-30 minutes. We each had a drink and were seated before we could finish one (about 20 minutes). It took more time than necessary to get a drink at the bar; however, the bartender was friendly. The service itself was very average, not terrible but not great either. Our waiter was polite, but did not come back to check how our meals were or if we needed more drinks, and when he finally did, did it much too late. I find that being a young couple (myself 21, my boyfriend 23) I get substandard service. The white Sangria was wonderful and full of citrus flavor. The tapas were the highlight of the night and I only wish I could have ordered more of them. I disagree with the negativity towards them, they are designed to be small and full of powerful, inviting flavors. I also disagree with the food being bland; it may not be as colorful as Flay's other restaurants, but certainly not bland. I had the rabbit and cauliflower risotto (creamy and delicious), and my boyfriend stuck with the safe choice of black-pepper Angus steak. Both were very good. The price I thought was very reasonable as well. The ambience and decor, while not very elaborate, was simple, unique and colorful. The tables towards the back provided a comfortable atmosphere perfect for conversation amongst friends or an intimate date. The cons here were very limited, and the food was above standard. I would highly recommend Bolo.

Pros: Tapas, Sangria, Ambience

Cons: Service Substandard

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The most memorable part of a recent dinner at Bolo was the lilliputian size of the tapas. Priced at 4 for $16, I would have expected that each set of 4 would equal the size of a normal appetizer. Rather, each item was roughly the size of a postage stamp, even the potato torte, the ingredients of which one might expect to be reasonably cheap. Clearly the idea here was style over substance.

Salads and appetizers were adequately sized and tasty, as were the entrees. Dessert and cheese selections were also portioned in a reasonable way and the flavors were good.

Service was poor at best. The waiter took one look at our table of 5 women and wrote us off for the evening. After taking our order (and brow-beating one of us into ordering twice as much as she wanted, half of which went to waste) he completely disappeared. Instead we had the constant attention of the bus staff which repeatedly tried to clear plates for each course before we were done with them, making the experience feel very rushed.

Bottom line, if you have one night for a nice dinner in NYC, choose someplace else. While Bolo isn't terrible, surely you can do better.

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★★★☆☆

The most memorable part of a recent dinner at Bolo was the lilliputian size of the tapas. Priced at 4 for $16, I would have expected that each set of 4 would equal the size of a normal appetizer. Rather, each item was roughly the size of a postage stamp, even the potato torte, the ingredients of which one might expect to be reasonably cheap. Clearly the idea here was style over substance.

Salads and appetizers were adequately sized and tasty, as were the entrees. Dessert and cheese selections were also portioned in a reasonable way and the flavors were good.

Service was poor at best. The waiter took one look at our table of 5 women and wrote us off for the evening. After taking our order (and brow-beating one of us into ordering twice as much as she wanted, half of which went to waste) he completely disappeared. Instead we had the constant attention of the bus staff which repeatedly tried to clear plates for each course before we were done with them, making the experience feel very rushed.

Bottom line, if you have one night for a nice dinner in NYC, choose someplace else. While Bolo isn't terrible, surely you can do better.

Pros: Pleasant room, good cocktails

Cons: Service, value, overall experience

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I brought several out-of-town friends to Bolo for special dinner. The ambience in the space is really beautiful, and the staff was very nice. I ordered the fish, and though it tasted excellent, it was served with the skin on it. The dessert tapas were all fantastic! It was little pricey for what you got, but, overall, it was a great experience.

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★★★★☆

I brought several out-of-town friends to Bolo for special dinner. The ambience in the space is really beautiful, and the staff was very nice. I ordered the fish, and though it tasted excellent, it was served with the skin on it. The dessert tapas were all fantastic! It was little pricey for what you got, but, overall, it was a great experience.

Pros: The bread, the dessert, the Cosmopolitans

Cons: Pricey

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I went here with a friend who had heard great things about this restaurant. We tried the tapas which were delicious. For appetizers we had the oven roasted shrimp and the chargrilled octopus. For Entrees we tried the Pork tenderloin and the sea bass. All was superb. The restaurant is intimate and warm, and the service is friendly and knowledgable. This is my new favorite restaurant and I can't wait to go back!

1
★★★☆☆

I went here with a friend who had heard great things about this restaurant. We tried the tapas which were delicious. For appetizers we had the oven roasted shrimp and the chargrilled octopus. For Entrees we tried the Pork tenderloin and the sea bass. All was superb. The restaurant is intimate and warm, and the service is friendly and knowledgable. This is my new favorite restaurant and I can't wait to go back!

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Man, I wish I knew about Bolo sooner. This place is a gem.

First, I had no idea it was run by Bobby Flay which makes sense since I love Mesa Grill and Bar Americain. I never knew he did Spanish food.

I love how small and cute the place. I'd even feel comfortable eating at the bar by myself. The staff is so friendly too. Makes me feel very welcome which is what I am looking for in true hospitality and wanting to come back.

The tapas are just delicious and very innovative. I had the Bolo salad (oh my gosh) and the paella. Tons of seafood and flavor, just my style. And... don't forget about dessert. Think: cheesecake!

My boyfriend (who is unfortunately not a very adventurous eater) loved it too. He had the lamb shank which he wouldn't share with me.

I love this place. I will come back for sure!!!

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★★★★★

Man, I wish I knew about Bolo sooner. This place is a gem.

First, I had no idea it was run by Bobby Flay which makes sense since I love Mesa Grill and Bar Americain. I never knew he did Spanish food.

I love how small and cute the place. I'd even feel comfortable eating at the bar by myself. The staff is so friendly too. Makes me feel very welcome which is what I am looking for in true hospitality and wanting to come back.

The tapas are just delicious and very innovative. I had the Bolo salad (oh my gosh) and the paella. Tons of seafood and flavor, just my style. And... don't forget about dessert. Think: cheesecake!

My boyfriend (who is unfortunately not a very adventurous eater) loved it too. He had the lamb shank which he wouldn't share with me.

I love this place. I will come back for sure!!!

Pros: FOOD, cozy atmosphere, service

Cons: No large groups

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I had dinner at Bolo this week (winter restaurant week) with a group of 8 friends. [Beware: Bolo refused to make reservations for a group larger than 8.] The appetizer (salmon tartare) and desserts (chocolate flan and pistachio cake) were quite good, and my entree (grouper in parchment paper) was tasty, but unremarkable. However, those who ordered the "almond crusted chicken" accurately described it as "chicken fried steak." These chicken patties would have been disapponting for an Applebees (not like I would ever eat at one), let alone a restaurant with such a notable executive chef. I was somewhat embarrassed that I had chosen the restaurant when I realized that half of my party didn't enjoy their entrees. The Iron Chef needs to oversee his sous chef(s) a little more carefully. Our waiter was also quite harried, which may have been a result of restaurant week, but the sommalier was very attentive and did an excellent job with our wine as well as our port. With all the outstanding competition in the neighborhood, I probably will not eat at this restaurant again, even if it is only a short walk from my apartment.

1
★★★☆☆

I had dinner at Bolo this week (winter restaurant week) with a group of 8 friends. [Beware: Bolo refused to make reservations for a group larger than 8.] The appetizer (salmon tartare) and desserts (chocolate flan and pistachio cake) were quite good, and my entree (grouper in parchment paper) was tasty, but unremarkable. However, those who ordered the "almond crusted chicken" accurately described it as "chicken fried steak." These chicken patties would have been disapponting for an Applebees (not like I would ever eat at one), let alone a restaurant with such a notable executive chef. I was somewhat embarrassed that I had chosen the restaurant when I realized that half of my party didn't enjoy their entrees. The Iron Chef needs to oversee his sous chef(s) a little more carefully. Our waiter was also quite harried, which may have been a result of restaurant week, but the sommalier was very attentive and did an excellent job with our wine as well as our port. With all the outstanding competition in the neighborhood, I probably will not eat at this restaurant again, even if it is only a short walk from my apartment.

Pros: Excellent Sommalier; Tasty Cocktails; Seated Promptly

Cons: Food isn't worth the price or the reputation

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We were excited to try Bolo upon the suggestion of a friend, but I suspect she hadn't been there recently. The service was respectable, though the gruff manner of our waiter would be more appropriate at a tourist destination. The dining room was not remarkable, but comfortable. We started with the bite-sized tapas served four for $16 and were not disappointed. The waiter clearly explained that the tapas were small and his assessment was correct. However, the entrees, several of which top $30, were a disappiontment. The pork tenderloin offered an attractive presentation but a mediocre flavor. The squid ink risotto was very good as my dining companion generally enjoyed it, though the prawns were overcooked. The striped sea bass was tasty and properly prepared. Dessert was average at best and the espresso was served at room temperature.

The overall dining experience was underwhelming, especially in light of the price. I bet Bolo was a winner several years ago, but Flay has moved on and his name alone cannot save the menu.

1
★★★☆☆

We were excited to try Bolo upon the suggestion of a friend, but I suspect she hadn't been there recently. The service was respectable, though the gruff manner of our waiter would be more appropriate at a tourist destination. The dining room was not remarkable, but comfortable. We started with the bite-sized tapas served four for $16 and were not disappointed. The waiter clearly explained that the tapas were small and his assessment was correct. However, the entrees, several of which top $30, were a disappiontment. The pork tenderloin offered an attractive presentation but a mediocre flavor. The squid ink risotto was very good as my dining companion generally enjoyed it, though the prawns were overcooked. The striped sea bass was tasty and properly prepared. Dessert was average at best and the espresso was served at room temperature.

The overall dining experience was underwhelming, especially in light of the price. I bet Bolo was a winner several years ago, but Flay has moved on and his name alone cannot save the menu.

Pros: Great host staff, candle-lit dining room

Cons: Value, food preparation

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Good place to go for lunch. Try the soups. Main courses were good and had a different twist.
I don't know how they would translate into a dinner menu.
Decor was ok - nice, but on the upscale diner side - nothing spectacular.
Good service.

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★★★☆☆

Good place to go for lunch. Try the soups. Main courses were good and had a different twist.
I don't know how they would translate into a dinner menu.
Decor was ok - nice, but on the upscale diner side - nothing spectacular.
Good service.

Pros: good for lunch

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The standout here is the customer service. Our waiter was excellent.
Had the black ink squid risotto which was delicious. Many flavors, vibrant colors.
the restaurant itself has a bit of a tacky decor. Saw the tapas (4 for $16) and they looked really small. my risotto dish was a generous portion, complete with prawns, and lobster.
yum! Not a fan of Bobby Flay, but I would come back to his restaurant.

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★★★★★

The standout here is the customer service. Our waiter was excellent.
Had the black ink squid risotto which was delicious. Many flavors, vibrant colors.
the restaurant itself has a bit of a tacky decor. Saw the tapas (4 for $16) and they looked really small. my risotto dish was a generous portion, complete with prawns, and lobster.
yum! Not a fan of Bobby Flay, but I would come back to his restaurant.

Pros: customer service, food

Cons: ambience

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Perfectly cooked on a beautiful roll, with delicious cheese...I craved this the most while pregnant with my duaghter!!!!

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★★★★★

Perfectly cooked on a beautiful roll, with delicious cheese...I craved this the most while pregnant with my duaghter!!!!

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Went here to celebrate our anniversary, had a wonderful experience, friendly staff, sensational food, great atmosphere, good wine and great drinks, can't wait to go back. Bolo has been on our try it list for awhile and we're just sorry we didn't move it up sooner!!

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★★★★★

Went here to celebrate our anniversary, had a wonderful experience, friendly staff, sensational food, great atmosphere, good wine and great drinks, can't wait to go back. Bolo has been on our try it list for awhile and we're just sorry we didn't move it up sooner!!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: None

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Went to this high end spanish tapas place for a 2nd time.

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★★★★★

Went to this high end spanish tapas place for a 2nd time.

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First off, I had no idea that this was Flay's place, so I went with no preconceived notions or expectations. I had the almond grilled chicken and my girlfriend had a few tapas. The tapas were very good (albeit tiny) but the almond chicken tasted like school cafeteria breaded chicken breats.

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★★★☆☆

First off, I had no idea that this was Flay's place, so I went with no preconceived notions or expectations. I had the almond grilled chicken and my girlfriend had a few tapas. The tapas were very good (albeit tiny) but the almond chicken tasted like school cafeteria breaded chicken breats.

Pros: the tapas, decent parking

Cons: mediocre service, waiters don't speak, English

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In a town with so many hits and misses, Bolo is an absolute hit! From A-Z this place was awesome. I took my wife (a spectacular Spanish cook, herself) for her birthday and we we blown away. The flatbread was great, the lamb shank was the best I've ever had (even better than my Greek Grandmother's!!). We had an appetizer, bottle of decent wine, 2 dinners and dessert and with the tip the bill was under $150. There are so many expensive misses in the city that its great to find a fabulous hit!!

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★★★★★

In a town with so many hits and misses, Bolo is an absolute hit! From A-Z this place was awesome. I took my wife (a spectacular Spanish cook, herself) for her birthday and we we blown away. The flatbread was great, the lamb shank was the best I've ever had (even better than my Greek Grandmother's!!). We had an appetizer, bottle of decent wine, 2 dinners and dessert and with the tip the bill was under $150. There are so many expensive misses in the city that its great to find a fabulous hit!!

Pros: service, food, value

Cons: bathroom

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From the wine, to the appetizers, entree and dessert - everything was great. Although the appetizer and desser portions are kind of small but worth it. With the entree it is just enough to fill you up. Highly recommend this place.

2
★★★★★

From the wine, to the appetizers, entree and dessert - everything was great. Although the appetizer and desser portions are kind of small but worth it. With the entree it is just enough to fill you up. Highly recommend this place.

Pros: Good food, Nice ambiance

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We had a large party and the staff took very good care of us. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was delicious. The sauce that accompanied my duck was mouth-watering.

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★★★★☆

We had a large party and the staff took very good care of us. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was delicious. The sauce that accompanied my duck was mouth-watering.

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I found the prices to be quite high, while the flavor an interest of the dishes to be quite low. No interesting combinations of flavor or techniques. The taste bud/$ equation was simply way off the mark.

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★☆☆☆☆

I found the prices to be quite high, while the flavor an interest of the dishes to be quite low. No interesting combinations of flavor or techniques. The taste bud/$ equation was simply way off the mark.

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We were worried about all the hype because of Bobby Flay's t.v. show,but had an awesome experience.
The food was incredible and the wait staff was top notch.
Really good tapas and the apple tart for dessert is to die for!!!

2
★★★★★

We were worried about all the hype because of Bobby Flay's t.v. show,but had an awesome experience.
The food was incredible and the wait staff was top notch.
Really good tapas and the apple tart for dessert is to die for!!!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

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My girlfriend took me here after an episode of "Boy Meets Grill." When we were being seated, Bobby Flay (chef) came out and spoke with the guests and the staff (something he did continuously throughout our evening). It was very exciting but most exciting was the amazing meal we were introduced to. The tapas are a must - the 7 layer potato, pork tenderloin and the squid were amazing. Paella and the whole fish were out of this world. For dessert we argued over whose was better - her apple tart or my chocolate ganache bread pudding. Our waitress was terrific, never were we hurried - we were allowed to relax and enjoy for 2 1/2 hours on a friday night! And what can you say about Chef Flay - this is a great restaurant.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend took me here after an episode of "Boy Meets Grill." When we were being seated, Bobby Flay (chef) came out and spoke with the guests and the staff (something he did continuously throughout our evening). It was very exciting but most exciting was the amazing meal we were introduced to. The tapas are a must - the 7 layer potato, pork tenderloin and the squid were amazing. Paella and the whole fish were out of this world. For dessert we argued over whose was better - her apple tart or my chocolate ganache bread pudding. Our waitress was terrific, never were we hurried - we were allowed to relax and enjoy for 2 1/2 hours on a friday night! And what can you say about Chef Flay - this is a great restaurant.

Pros: Chef Bobby Flay, service, amazing food

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Having to wait 30 minutes for our order to be taken set the tone for the evening, while all of the food was quite tasty (particularly the grilled octopus), the food and service did not match the prices. For what they charge, go to Gramercy Tavern or USQ Cafe, leave this place to the tourists and Bobby Flay groupies.

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★★☆☆☆

Having to wait 30 minutes for our order to be taken set the tone for the evening, while all of the food was quite tasty (particularly the grilled octopus), the food and service did not match the prices. For what they charge, go to Gramercy Tavern or USQ Cafe, leave this place to the tourists and Bobby Flay groupies.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: , Service, Decor

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We enjoyed a lunch at Bolo during January's restaurant week. Found the food to be above average to excellent, particularly the mussels in a creamy tarragon broth, and the chickpea polenta topped with salmon tartare. The Sangria was super, the service excellent, the restaurant warm (heat wise - it was freezing that week) and the ambience inviting. We recommend.

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★★★★☆

We enjoyed a lunch at Bolo during January's restaurant week. Found the food to be above average to excellent, particularly the mussels in a creamy tarragon broth, and the chickpea polenta topped with salmon tartare. The Sangria was super, the service excellent, the restaurant warm (heat wise - it was freezing that week) and the ambience inviting. We recommend.

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I have been to Bolo in the past and was disappointed to see how far it has fallen on a recent visit. The food (even the soup) was lukewarm and most of the flavor seemed to come from the copious amounts of oil poured onto the dishes. The service was brusque and inattentive. Maybe Bobby should spend less time on TV and a bit more keeping the restaurant in shape.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have been to Bolo in the past and was disappointed to see how far it has fallen on a recent visit. The food (even the soup) was lukewarm and most of the flavor seemed to come from the copious amounts of oil poured onto the dishes. The service was brusque and inattentive. Maybe Bobby should spend less time on TV and a bit more keeping the restaurant in shape.

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This was the most hyped mediocre meal I have had in NYC. I never believed in Ghosts until my waiter dissapeared. the Menu looks great but the food is subpar. It is a nice room with a cool bar and you should stop in for a drink and Tapas but dinner was very weak!!!! I even complained to the manager and no response. By the way the menu is really well priced. However, the service is terrible..........................

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★★☆☆☆

This was the most hyped mediocre meal I have had in NYC. I never believed in Ghosts until my waiter dissapeared. the Menu looks great but the food is subpar. It is a nice room with a cool bar and you should stop in for a drink and Tapas but dinner was very weak!!!! I even complained to the manager and no response. By the way the menu is really well priced. However, the service is terrible..........................

Pros: Menu selection, room/ambience

Cons: Service, Very Tight space

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I took my sister, visiting from California, to Bolo for a birthday dinner. We were seated immediately; tended to by a charming waiter named Carlos Richter; and had a wonderful meal with a tasty bottle of wine. The special raspberry torte was obscenely delicious! It was an enjoyable and relaxing repast for both of us. I will be recommending this restaurant to friends.

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★★★★☆

I took my sister, visiting from California, to Bolo for a birthday dinner. We were seated immediately; tended to by a charming waiter named Carlos Richter; and had a wonderful meal with a tasty bottle of wine. The special raspberry torte was obscenely delicious! It was an enjoyable and relaxing repast for both of us. I will be recommending this restaurant to friends.

Pros: Courtesy of staff, Not crowded, Delicious meal

Cons: Miniscule

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the tapas are delicious and our well-informed and amiable water helped us match them with sherrys from the restaurant's extensive list. (forget what you thought you knew about sherry! who knew there were sherries as dry as a pinot grigio and served cold rather than room temperature!?!). three cheers for the foie gras, crab and beef carpaccio. also had a delicious stacked beefsteak tomato salad. sounds boring but it was surprisingly interesting and flavorful. pass on the cod--bland and boring. but the pork was divine. i'd go back. though i think the food at mesa grill is a bit more compelling.

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★★★★☆

the tapas are delicious and our well-informed and amiable water helped us match them with sherrys from the restaurant's extensive list. (forget what you thought you knew about sherry! who knew there were sherries as dry as a pinot grigio and served cold rather than room temperature!?!). three cheers for the foie gras, crab and beef carpaccio. also had a delicious stacked beefsteak tomato salad. sounds boring but it was surprisingly interesting and flavorful. pass on the cod--bland and boring. but the pork was divine. i'd go back. though i think the food at mesa grill is a bit more compelling.

Pros: delicious tapas, attentive waitstaff, fab desserts

Cons: dated decour, older crowd (50+)

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Same as Mesa Grill, good food but terrible hostess. At Mesa Grill, the person who answers the phone always asks you to hold on line. At Bolo, you wait for your table even your friends have arrived. YOU HAVE TO TELL THE HOSTESS THAT YOU WANT TO BE SITTED!!! How ridiculous! My friends and I were standing at the bar for 15 minutes when the restaurant was almost empty. We stood and stood until the bartender told me that I have to tell the hostess that I want to sit down!!??

1
★★☆☆☆

Same as Mesa Grill, good food but terrible hostess. At Mesa Grill, the person who answers the phone always asks you to hold on line. At Bolo, you wait for your table even your friends have arrived. YOU HAVE TO TELL THE HOSTESS THAT YOU WANT TO BE SITTED!!! How ridiculous! My friends and I were standing at the bar for 15 minutes when the restaurant was almost empty. We stood and stood until the bartender told me that I have to tell the hostess that I want to sit down!!??

Cons: terrible hostess

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I'm sorry to say that the experience left very much to be desired. The food was average and the service was mediocre. Maybe I was just expecting too much.

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★★★☆☆

I'm sorry to say that the experience left very much to be desired. The food was average and the service was mediocre. Maybe I was just expecting too much.

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While I love Bobby Flay, Bolo left much to be desired. The tapas were not as good as they could've been and the paella was not the experience it should've been. Even the dessert tasted like a cake you would buy in a grocery store. The service was good though.

1
★★★☆☆

While I love Bobby Flay, Bolo left much to be desired. The tapas were not as good as they could've been and the paella was not the experience it should've been. Even the dessert tasted like a cake you would buy in a grocery store. The service was good though.

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Terrible service, rude hosts, tacky decor, mediocre food - that pretty much says it all about Bolo.

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★★★☆☆

Terrible service, rude hosts, tacky decor, mediocre food - that pretty much says it all about Bolo.

Cons: Rudeness, bad service

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We had a wonderful experience at Bolo last night. I do not recommend the tapas due to the size of the portions but putting that aside, everyone had really good meals, the service was good and we weren't rushed out of the restaurant. Our party of 8 was at the restaurant for 2 1/2 hours. I had the lamb shank which was one of the best I've ever had. The restaurant is small and it was a little cramped at our table but it really didn't matter.

2
★★★★☆

We had a wonderful experience at Bolo last night. I do not recommend the tapas due to the size of the portions but putting that aside, everyone had really good meals, the service was good and we weren't rushed out of the restaurant. Our party of 8 was at the restaurant for 2 1/2 hours. I had the lamb shank which was one of the best I've ever had. The restaurant is small and it was a little cramped at our table but it really didn't matter.

Pros: Atmosphere, Great Food

Cons: Expensive, Tapas not worth it

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I went with a friend during NYC Restaurant week and we both wanted to check out what Bobby Flay had to offer. We sat down at 6:15 for dinner, and we were paying the bill at 7:15! Everything was soooo rushed that three courses seemed like one assimilated course. I didn't even have time to finish my single cocktail and the waiter didn't even ask if we wanted coffee but instead, gave us our check without us even requesting it. As for the food, it was definitely ecclectic and unique (fried squid & stuffed pepper with tuna), but the anchovies with orange I could have done without. I don't know if they were rushing because of the week, but we definitely didn't feel a relaxed dining atmosphere.

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★★☆☆☆

I went with a friend during NYC Restaurant week and we both wanted to check out what Bobby Flay had to offer. We sat down at 6:15 for dinner, and we were paying the bill at 7:15! Everything was soooo rushed that three courses seemed like one assimilated course. I didn't even have time to finish my single cocktail and the waiter didn't even ask if we wanted coffee but instead, gave us our check without us even requesting it. As for the food, it was definitely ecclectic and unique (fried squid & stuffed pepper with tuna), but the anchovies with orange I could have done without. I don't know if they were rushing because of the week, but we definitely didn't feel a relaxed dining atmosphere.

Pros: Ecclectic Menu

Cons: Rushed Service

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The food was outstanding, perfect in every sense. The Spanish wines offered were of the best quality. Bobby Flay is one of the best chefs in America, he is also a very kind and friendly host. His employees must imitate him more.

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★★★★★

The food was outstanding, perfect in every sense. The Spanish wines offered were of the best quality. Bobby Flay is one of the best chefs in America, he is also a very kind and friendly host. His employees must imitate him more.

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Since my last review, I have returned to Bolo twice - once for lunch and once for dinner on a Saturday evening. On both occasions the food was fabulous and creatively presented. Service at lunch was attentive and pleasant. On Saturday evening we were seated immediately upon arriving, the staff was a bit harried as every table was taken, over all a "do-again" experience.

2
★★★★☆

Since my last review, I have returned to Bolo twice - once for lunch and once for dinner on a Saturday evening. On both occasions the food was fabulous and creatively presented. Service at lunch was attentive and pleasant. On Saturday evening we were seated immediately upon arriving, the staff was a bit harried as every table was taken, over all a "do-again" experience.

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It has been several years since I have been to Bolo and I am happy to say that it is still as great as I remembered. Bobby Flay still continues to create some of the most innovative food in NYC. The entire staff was very accomodating and the Apple Flan is one of the best desserts I have had in a long time.

2
★★★★★

It has been several years since I have been to Bolo and I am happy to say that it is still as great as I remembered. Bobby Flay still continues to create some of the most innovative food in NYC. The entire staff was very accomodating and the Apple Flan is one of the best desserts I have had in a long time.

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Just last week I went to the Mesa Grill with a friend for dinner. The food was excellent there. I thought I would give Bolo a chance as well. Sure enough the food was just as good. I would recommend the restaurant based on the food. However, the wait for the food was horrific. We had sat down at our table at around 9:30pm. The appetizers came at a timely fashion. Unfortunately, we didn't get our main entree until just before 11:00pm. It was ridiculous. Even some of the staff that was working that night was served their dinner before my table got our dinner entrees.

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★★★☆☆

Just last week I went to the Mesa Grill with a friend for dinner. The food was excellent there. I thought I would give Bolo a chance as well. Sure enough the food was just as good. I would recommend the restaurant based on the food. However, the wait for the food was horrific. We had sat down at our table at around 9:30pm. The appetizers came at a timely fashion. Unfortunately, we didn't get our main entree until just before 11:00pm. It was ridiculous. Even some of the staff that was working that night was served their dinner before my table got our dinner entrees.

Pros: food

Cons: service, wait, expensive

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After enjoying many meals at Mesa Grill, I was expecting a similar experience here. Major letdown-the menu was unexciting and the food was bland. While the atmosphere and decor was pleasant, our server was unattentive and downright rude when asked questions about the menu. B ottom line- Bolo is majorly overrated and overpriced.

1
★★☆☆☆

After enjoying many meals at Mesa Grill, I was expecting a similar experience here. Major letdown-the menu was unexciting and the food was bland. While the atmosphere and decor was pleasant, our server was unattentive and downright rude when asked questions about the menu. B ottom line- Bolo is majorly overrated and overpriced.

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A near failure on Flay's part. When a chef gets too big for his britches this is what happens. Poor food quality, inconsistent food temperature with each course (cold ingredients in a piping hot paella shows me 1-all ingredients aren't cooked together as they should be in paella 2-no executive oversight as to what the sous chefs are up to), tacky decor, and lackluster service. Save your money and head elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

A near failure on Flay's part. When a chef gets too big for his britches this is what happens. Poor food quality, inconsistent food temperature with each course (cold ingredients in a piping hot paella shows me 1-all ingredients aren't cooked together as they should be in paella 2-no executive oversight as to what the sous chefs are up to), tacky decor, and lackluster service. Save your money and head elsewhere.

Pros: Dessert was OK

Cons: Food, Service, Food

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Glossy locals mix with tourists drawn by Flay's Food Network shows in a long, rather narrow room brightened by colorful Cubist wallpaper. Casual diners eat from the tapas menu at the long bar--if they arrive soon enough…

 

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