Barbes Restaurant
Barbes Restaurant

Barbes Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barbesrestaurantnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126840215
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am; Bar: 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, African, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barbes Restaurant
Barbes Restaurant is named after the famous Paris neighborhood at the foot of the Sacre-Coeur, also known as the 'little piece of North Africa'. The Northernmost part of Africa, the Maghreb, is comprised of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia with cultures captivating with their cuisine, music and decor. Barbes is a melting pot of Parisian and Maghreb cultures and Barbes Restaurant carries that spirit. 'Our restaurant strives to bring the atmosphere of Barbès here in New York. Through our menu and ambiance we aim to immerse our clientele in the unique colors, tastes and sounds of Barbes.'
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Barbes Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (25)romantic (17)great for lunch (14)good for groups (9)special occasion (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Barbes
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Get a seat by the window and have the Couscous, and pretend you're in Casablanca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience
    Vad1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    In details: The waiter forgot ordered drinks, salad came with hairs, steak was over-cooked, and smell next to the kitchen is terrible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter using cell phones!
    nyny2
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Waiter more interested in texting than taking care of business!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you are looking for an interesting mid-town place, Barbes is a nice option. The watermelon-cucumber martini was very refreshing on a summer night. The manager was sweet and very accommodating with special requests. The hummus was okay, but my husband really enjoyed the traditional chicken couscous, and I thought the bronzini was perfectly prepared.
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  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The Morrocan food, loved the cous-cous dishes. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful find
    PJSBDA
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was courteous. We had done a Google search for Moroccan food in NYC so took a chance which paid off. The lamb tagine was cooked to perfection; the lamb was so tender it fell apart with a fork
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and ambiance
    Grateful
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My first visit to Barbes will not be my last! The service was attentive without being intrusive. All questions answered happily by staff. My traditional couscous with lamb was simple and delicious. A nice meal in a lovely little restaurant for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Tasty food and a great location. But a tad noisy…the bane of Manhattan restaurants. Could barely hear my dinner partner at times.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AAA+++
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food, service, ambiance, management all outstanding as always!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience
    Bishbam
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was delicious, the service attentive, and prices are reasonable. Always a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BlakeAriel
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful service, Delicious food. Very romantic. Best Hummus I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbes
    duvidessen
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    As a Moroccan restaurant, Barbes serves French food with a north African accent. The salads are nothing special but the fish, the lamb dishes and the couscous are superb. You can start off with a great gin martini and drink a nice Moroccan red with your meal.Given the restaurant's location on 36 between Madison and Fifth avenues, it's more crowded at lunch than at dinner so reservations are a good idea.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    BigDinNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We met for dinner at 11pm. The service was wonderful. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We started with humus. It was a little bland, but I loved it. My sister did not. Branzino was delicious. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent as always
    Beard1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food Never disappoints. duck confit appetizer outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening
    ElisaS
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was my second time eating at Barbes. It's a warm, attractive room with the perfect lighting, not too bright. The staff is attentive, the flavors of the food delicious and you have a large selection to choose from. We shared the Mediterranean salad and the roasted eggplant appetizer. I had the duck which unfortunately was tough and fatty, but the vegetables with it were delicious. My brother and the branzini and loved it and my husband had the lamb sausage - also wonderful. The atmosphere at Barbes is perfect for a lovely evening. I will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good Moroccan cuisine
    rikuniaku97
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I used to dine at Barbes 10 years ago when I lived in Murray Hill. You can still enjoy today the same quality Moroccan standards, including several types of delicious and fresh appetizers (roasted eggplants, and a zesty tomato and green pepper salad known as taktouka),vegeterian and meat tagines / couscous and pastillas. Very nice and friendly Moroccan staff that reminds you of the friendly smiles in this beautiful country.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check your bill!
    Dianet123VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was uneven (1 excellent dish, a couple of OK plates and one appetizer that was so bad it was sent back), but the atmosphere was nice and normally we would not hesitate to go again. But when our party of 3 got the check, we noticed a 20% tip had automatically been added to our bill. There was no notification of this policy on the menu, and worse still the tip had been taxed. When we objected management corrected the bill. But it soured the whole experience and we wont be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have dined here twice. Food is OK, but nothing fabulous. The wait staff are very nice and service is good. I wish I could give it a better review.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was very good . The portions were more than enough, go hungry! No complaints at all, food was really good and you definitely get a lot to eat. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A trusted friend
    PhDTigressVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    For several years Barbes has been one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The menu offers authentic Moroccan specialties and, at lunch, American cuisine as well. The Mediterranean Salad is delicious and copious--a wonderful appetizer to share. The brochettes are also excellent. I had lunch there with a French friend who loved it. The manager, Aloum, is friendly and professional, and the young servers are pleasant and accommodating. The prices, including the wines by the glass, are very reasonable. Put Barbes on your must-dine-there list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food took too long to com end was overcooked. I thought it would be much better given the price and the reputation. Waiter service was too pushy trying to sell wine, etc.
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  • Neighborhood gem
    Suzieq
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This small Morroccan restaurant in Midtown was a true find. Just six short blocks from Grand Central, it was the perfect place to meet a friend for lunch. I had the fish tangine which was excellent. It was full of fresh vegetables lemons and spices. The service was attentive and do ask for the typical Morroccan dessert made with rose water. It is to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair
    tsquared
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner certainly, but the food was only so so. Service was polite, but not particularly attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very Good Food
    Cynthia
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Barbes. We each had a different Tagine dish and my fish was wonderful. We ordered coucous to go with it. The appetizers were also very good. While the server was very appropriate I felt the woman who took our order was cold, and a bit aggressive in wanting us to order more food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jill
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The food was very good. The servers were engaging and solicitous. The ambience is very old world and very nice. I have dined there before and it does not disappoint! A very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbes
    ktrubies
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food is great and the servers/manager are extremely accommodating! A great place for a Midtown work gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 101 reviews are from the Barbes Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 50% great/50% less so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    For a party of four, two of our dishes were wonderful and delicious. (the lamb and fish) but the chicken and vegetable main course was not good at all. Very disappointing to those two diners.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super choice!
    PSPS
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This delightful and authentic French- Moroccan bistro is a welcome addition to midtown. Lively atmosphere at lunch and close enough to the theater district for pre-show dinner. Service is very professional, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Menu selection allows for a wide range of tastes. Chef was very accommodating regarding our dietary needs. Give it a try-you will be pleased!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to spot
    TomMVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    If we are in town for a night...Barbe's. if we are in town for a week...Barbe's is one night for sure. We love the aesthetic...and the French. Moroccan menu is just full of faves. Great Maitre'd...great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long-time friend
    PhDTigressVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Barbes can always be counted on for a tasty meal at a very reasonable price served by attractive and courteous young people. For a starter my friend and I shared a delicious and copious Salade Mediterranee comprised of vegetarian offerings such as eggplant salad, red pepper puree, and hummus. For her main course my friend enjoyed a merguez brochette and I had a chicken and avocado sandwich accompanied by a huge basket of crispy French fries (allumette style) and fresh fruit. My friend and I agreed that Barbes serves real Moroccan food, not a facsimile thereof like some restaurants. My one criticism is that the decor is looking a bit worn and shabby and the restaurant could use some sprucing up.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were our if town and staying at a hotel nearby. We wanted a place where we could feel like locals and get great food and Barbes was a good choice. It's really small, but I thought that was cool. Moroccan mint tea was really good, hummus excellent, and mussels really good too. We got chicken and fish tangine and it was good too. It's a tight squeeze so be prepared to be in close quarters with other people. Waitstaff was nice, but we noticed our waitress being kind of mean to another server who could hardly understand English. That was a little odd, but everyone was friendly to us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Nice Atmosphere
    NYCRest
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I had the Chicken Kabob, not bad and everyone I was with seemed to enjoy the food. The waitress was very good and if she was not around someone else jumped in to help....great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant is cozy (ie
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The restaurant is cozy (ie tables crowded together) and the service was friendly (seemed like almost everyone who worked there stopped by our table at some point to see if we were enjoying our meal). Some of the food was very good (chicken/lemon tagine, chicken with almonds, lamb special) and some was really just so-so (shrimp tasted like iodine and were overcooked; couscous royale was mostly cabbage and carrots with 2 sausage on top).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Mediterranean cuisine
    lovethefood
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We have eaten at Barbes several times for dinner. The food is always excellent but the noise level is an issue. My husband and I have dinner together but do not invite friends to join us since they complained about the noise. Frankly, it does not bother us. So for a luncheon with girlfriends it is ideal since the noise level was OK and we all had a very good time. The service is gracious and unhurried (the restaurant was full and people were waiting for a table). We spent 2 hours and no one rushed us. It is our one of our favorite restaurants and we will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent Mediterranean food
    Sbiscuit
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Went here for a business lunch. The food was decent--rather undersalted and I would have liked more favors to be infused in the dishes (spices, etc). The waitress was a little overeager but clearly new and very sweet. The dishes are hearty and the portions generous. Oh, and the pita and hummus are to die for, the hummus is so creamy! All in all a solid meal and for a business lunch I would probably go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of the ordinary cuisine
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Moroccan tagine held lightly spiced lamb, vegetables, and coucous. Superb humus & pita. Wonderful mint tea. Barbes is very popular with every table occupied on a Monday evening. Tables are close together. Solicitous staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Great neighborhood spot, friendly staff. Food was Good, but not great, mussels were disappointing but the hummus Was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • warm exotic setting for good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Barbes has reliably good renderings of Franco-Moroccan food--not always the most authentic, but everyone will find something very tasty for lunch. Elegant and cozy Moroccan decor and friendly service make this a great place for tete-a-tetes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sumptuous food
    redsugarplumVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The good food paired with the cocktails, attentive service and great music really set the tone for this restaurant becoming one of my optimal choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moroccan mess
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    First time I came the service was excellent , I came back it was disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic