Restaurants, Eclectic West Village
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 (Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin)
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin
 (Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin)
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin
 (Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin)
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

A new chef at the West Village’s fashion-waif clubhouse, Bobo, has done little to improve its food. Patrick Connolly (previously of Radius in Boston) delivers an odd brand of kitchen-sink fusion featuring jarring combinations. Raw jalapeño comes draped atop a date in an amuse-bouche; red chilies are sprinkled with bacon and greens on a gluey gnocchi starter. Only the desserts, including an indulgent chocolate layer cake with salted caramel frosting, seem to be on the upswing. The downstairs bar area has been transformed into Bobo’s new “den,” but the multitude of fried offerings (all with a chalky aftertaste) and overcooked signature burger did little to seduce us.


Venue name: Bobo
Address: 181 W 10th St
New York
Cross street: at Seventh Ave South
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 6–11pm; Thu, Fri 6pm–midnight; Sat, Sun noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F to W 4th St; 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $27. Amex, Disc, MC, V
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It's amazing how many great restaurants in the city exist that you walk past all the time. Bobo is one of them. I came for a party in their upstairs backroom (which is beautiful and I want to have a party of my own there) and I probably wouldn't have given it a second glance otherwise. 

Now I can't wait to go back for a full meal, since what I did try was great and they have an excellent happy hour to boot. Definitely a good date spot or catching up with some girlfriends.