This is a tale of two restaurants. Bobo on a Tuesday: chic and laid-back, Harvey Weinstein holding court in one corner, Adrien Brody canoodling with a young woman in another, a nice bottle of Tempranillo... - Andrea Thompson
Despite its unfortunate decor, the food is not bad, but not the most interesting or arresting. One tends to think of this restaurant without a sign as slightly pretentious with not much to back up that pretention.
Word to the wise, GO ELSEWHERE!!!!! I'd rather spend my hard earned money towards much, much more deserving establishments than this stuffy place. The food was mediocre, undercooked or overcooked or I don't know what excuse to give the Bobo team at this point. Weird flavors that didn't settle well with our palettes? Also, the beverage list, not impressive at all, very expensive and gives wine a bad reputation for those who want to simply, enjoy it. We didn't feel comfortable at Bobo, the service felt forced and the environment was tense-like, maybe we were there on the wrong night??????!!!!!!! What it's like on a Sunday, God only knows. You would think that they would want customers to come back? At the end of our uneventful meal and expensive glass of wine (nothing below $10 and my glass was dirty nonetheless), Bobo left us with a sour impression in our minds. I normally don't post bad reviews but I think the Bobo team needs to take a course in Hospitality 101. They seemed to only care about $$$$$$$$$$ and pretend to "really care" about your dining experience. The waiters looked stressed, some taking a cigarette break in the garden area. When our group left, the girl near the entrance said to us, "We do book private events if you're interested" and her words trailed off after that, we didn't bother listening to it. NEVER GOING BACK TO BOBO, SPREAD THE WORD.
A group of us went here and had a severe case of food poisoning. The management team (refer to their website) insisted we had food poisoning before we arrived there? We will never go back and will tell everyone about staying away from this pretentious, expensive, and lack of hospitality overall. New York Health Department released a recent review:
BOBO RESTAURANT LLC inspected: 25 violation points out of 28 violation points.
Restaurant name BOBO RESTAURANT LLC
Violation points 25
No accurate thermometer:
Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
Toilets not maintained:
Toilet facility not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.
Food not protected from contamination
Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
Improper hand washing facility:
Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
Evidence of flying insects or live flying insects present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
Followup inspection required: Yes.
I was skeptical at first, given the reviews I have read about the food, however, I was pleasantly surprised! The ahi tuna small bite plate was very flavorful! We had a group of 7 and not one complaint about the food!
The service really lacked, and they even forgot to bring out someone's order.
Ambiance was so romantic - the outdoor seating was lovely on a summer evening! I will definitely be returning for another romantic evening!