IMG_4460      Hot Middle Eastern cuisine hits the Upper West Side! Bustan, on Amsterdam Avenue, NYC is the place to be for classic cocktails with a twist and amazing Middle Eastern fare. Enticing daily specials will get your palate watering the minute you sit down. The key is to start with the Fig Lemonade before you order your food to keep your thirst quenched while you read their delicious menu. This cocktail is made with Figenza Fig Vodka and St. Germain, which mix up well together, leaving you with a cool and refreshing feeling. This cocktail goes great with the house made Hummus topped with Mushrooms.

The warm slab of bread accompanied by the cool and creamy hummus is an absolute must to start the evening.

IMG_4467       As far as the small plates go, this will be a very hard decision. The Taboon Charred Octopus is creamy and yet crunchy, over a pile of smooth white bean puree and tomatoes. This small plate is a must try and was one of my favorites! The Lump Crab Burekas is also a great small plate option and is packed with flavor. If you want some salad, the Taboon Roasted Beet Salad is a great start.


This colorful and playful dish is beautifully plated and absolutely delicious.

The menu here is unique and the prices are fair. I suggest ordering a few small plates, a salad, and of course a flatbread! The Truffle Mushroom Flatbread with Duck Breast and Ricotta cheese is warm, welcoming, and perfect for sharing.

The daily specials are one of a kind. The Giant Shrimp with a Smoked Potato was a must order for this Somm. This was paired with a crisp white wine recommended by our server; this dish was delightful! The shrimp is wrapped in salty Duck Prosciutto and is literally gigantic (for a shrimp)! This portion is great for one, or for sharing if you decide to order other dishes too.

IMG_4464            The service staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I love when a server can recommend great wines to pair with the meal and the staff here sure knows their pairings! The ambiance is sexy and sleek with a fun upbeat Middle Eastern vibe. Beautiful couches and décor make this restaurant cozy and comfortable, while the dark wood and modern bar add that something special to this new hot spot.

Bustan is a great place for a date night or group of people. They are very accommodating to many size parties, and the fun yet cozy atmosphere will draw you in for an incredible evening.