Barbounia
Barbounia

Barbounia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barbounia.com/
  • Phone: 2129950242x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:45pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 3:45pm
    HAPPY HOUR 7 Days from 3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Barbounia is available for private and semi-private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Maria Zarzecki 2129950242x
  • Entertainment: DJ

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 23rd St or L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 to Union Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barbounia
Barbounia: a boisterous reinvention of the Mediterranean’s vibrant cuisine and easy lifestyle. Named for the ubiquitous red mullet that swims the Mediterranean waters, Barbounia celebrates the region’s common heritage and bold cuisines through distinctive flavors, fresh ingredients and innovative design by the award winning Atlanta-based Johnson Studio.
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Barbounia reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (57)fit for foodies (53)great for brunch (51)vibrant bar scene (41)special occasion (41)neighborhood gem (41)great for lunch (41)hot spot (36)romantic (25)notable wine list (23)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Alleyceehowa
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was delish .beautiful looking people.... Our table was not the best but everything else made up for it ... This is a must go !!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had brunch here several years ago and the food was excellent. This time I was very disappointed as the portions were extremely small. They served 1 slice of French toast on a huge plate which made the portion look even smaller and the fruit salad was in a tiny bowl with mostly apples when it is the season for all kinds of berries. I have now marked this off on my list of my list as there are too many places for brunch that have much better food and you get what you pay for. After they had cleaned the table the waitress came and gave us menus because she didn't realize she had just taken care of us and thought we just sat down.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food not equal to price
    Colleenpenn
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The appetizers were generously portioned and enjoyable. We had the beet salad and octopus. Main courses were the issue. Somehow the chef managed to make bland, tasteless, tough short ribs and bland couscous. The scallops were nice. At this price I expected a wow instead we sent the meal back. Save your money. There are lots of nyc places to choose.
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  • Best grilled octopus ever!!!
    NewtoBocaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've had grilled octopus in many, many restaurants, for it my favorite item when I dine out. By far, this restaurant makes it the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Delicious
    Crispo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Love to go here for lunch because they have such a nice variety of appetizers that are light and always so delicious and fresh. Love the grilled octopus and the shrimp in the black skillet. Great for sharing. Will go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way to noisy!
    Amelie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food is delicious but unfortunately the noise level is so high that you can barely appreciate your meal! The music is loud and people are not talking to each other they are screaming!
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  • alisVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was really good. A few things that soured our brunch. The tables are a bit small bc they put so many things on it its hard to fit the food. There was the flower pot, the sugar... They were not willing to make any exceptions which is a bit unfortunate. Not the biggest deal but a lot of their eggs have meat and I asked for vegetable swap and the waiter said that they would not do it during brunch. he did not even ask. the worst part was the service. they forgot our app all together and then flaked on the responsibility and then we said we still wanted it and brought something we didn't ask for and didn't bring what we wanted. the absolute worst part was that when they finally brought a version of it they charged us for it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    CarRab
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I ate at Barbounia on Friday night and got there fairly early so there weren't many customers there yet (around 6:30). I sat for 20 minutes before flagging down someone to give me water. After another 20 more minutes, I had to flag down a waiter. The service was poor, they never asked if we wanted another glass of wine or brought our main entrée. After waiting for quite a while for anyone to come over to us, we flagged a waiter down again and told him our food never came and we wanted the check. He didn't even apologize. The manager came over and apologized but it meant nothing after spending money for a meal/dining experience that we did not enjoy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid food but perhaps too loud
    ELNM
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dined with a friend on a Thursday night and was overwhelmed by the noise level. The music and subsequent need for diners to shout made conversation really difficult. Solid food. Warm bread to start and generous portions of the octopus puttanesca pasta. Skipped dessert as it was quite limited to dairy/ creamy items. Attentive service all through.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very HAPPY hour
    andreasiVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Best Happy Hour deal in Flatiron - extensive and delicious $6 drinks till 7pm. Accompanied by the cheese plate and hummus and dips/breads, it's a homerun. Love their lunch salads too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good but too expensive
    Yvette
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good quality food. Menu was different than most. Good ambience. Overpriced.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    SUNRAES
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The desserts left me in a food coma of happiness. So during restaurant week this place exceeded it already great reputation. Unlike other restaurants whereby the menu deteriorates, this definitely deserves a standing ovation. Sublime! The squid salad, and watermelon feta....its a winner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annoying Waiter, But Great Food
    AngieQVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We dined during restaurant week and I was very impressed with the menu choices! The food was beautifully presented and very delicious. One of the waiters-not our main, kept coming by every couple minutes to fill water or try to take or drinks away, though it was obvious that we weren't finished. I am not sure what the problem was, but I had to ask him if he needed us to leave. He slowed down after that. I must add that it was already almost 10pm and there were empty tables so I don't know why he was so anxious. Perhaps he didn't have enough tables to serve!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Expensive night out for very mediocre food and service. Ambiance and wine list were good, everything else left a lot to be desired. Main course (black sea bass) was inedible. Plenty of other god options in the area, was sorry I wasted it on this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 times outa 3 can't be bad
    Lacetaste
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've been here twice before and experienced great food and overall service although the plates aren't large for the price. The issue I had this last time was a one off since we did the restaurant week menu tasting. Terrible. Cheapest things on the menu and when I didn't eat the server asked if ok after the 3rd time of pretending not to notice and I said it was not really good. He said oh I'm sorry and walked away. Thankfully the bus boy had some table side manners and asked me what else I would like. Entire restaurant meal was terrible but everything else on menu is good so beware!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    RandiVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pleasantly surprised. Great bread, great spreads, great desserts. I ordered salmon which was delish. We all cleaned our plates. Won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch Special
    PPluvsfood
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Tried Barbounia during restaurant week. Great menu for a snack or full meal. Grilled Calamari salad was fresh and delicious. Calamari was perfectly grilled an tender. Salmon entree was perfectly cooked and presentation was photo-worthy. Pannacotta was also very beautiful however flavor of rose water was a bit overpowering. Great place for a light, healthy meal in a cool location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    APChefVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Came here for brunch. Loud, crowded, food was really bland and underwhelming. Service was indifferent. We ordered unlimited brunch drinks, but couldn't stand being in there long enough to take advantage.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Service
    Foodie52VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Would give zero stars if Open Table allowed. Had 10:00 am reservations on Sunday, 3 August. We will the first to arrive. We were the only people in the restaurant and at 10:30 am walked out due to no service. Whole staff was eating breakfast and ignored us. I managed to get a cup of coffee and they charged me for it. Hostess took my $5.00, for a $2.71 charge for the coffee, but couldn't find anyone who had change. Should have been free coffee. No apologies for the hostess, or manager, or any of the the wait staff who were too busy eating their breakfast. If they don't serve at 10:00 am, then they should not accept 10:00 am reservations on Open Table. Will never go again. Menu didn't look that great anyway.
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  • Food was Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is so delicious that I cannot wait to revisit...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally Very Good
    Hartsdale
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    With the exception of one entree, the Restaurant Week meal was excellent. One entree,
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  • Carolina
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Recommended to me by a collegue, I was told the food was really good. When we went how pleasantly surprised to find a very lively, lovely & ecletic place right in the heart of Park Ave South!The bar was jumping and the music brought back pleasant memoriesof my travels to Turkey and the Middle East. The food was divine. The wild mushroom pizza was so delicious I could have closed my eyes and thorught I was dining in Little Italy or brooklyn. The pizza was insane! The watermelon salad was a wonderful surprise. None of my party ever experienced such a salad before. I would go back in a heartbeat and order the same thing again. And the Silan. Forgettabout it! Just indulge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but...
    larklavan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Maybe it was just because of Restaurant Week, but the waiter rushed us through the meal, as if he wanted optimum turnover at the table. Understandable, since they probably had extra reservations and more dough coming in, but still annoying.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were a party of 8 from an office at Baruch College. The occasion was the birthday and retirement of one of our colleagues. There had been plenty of time between the arrival of our party and our ordering lunch for the server to have put in an order for bread and olives for the table. Tables seated after us got bread and mezze; we received nothing. I asked the busboy to please bring bread. Nothing. I asked the server when our bread was coming. The reply I received was that he had just put in an order for bread and it should be coming right out. As our appetizers arrived and there was still no bread, I called over the hostess who asked what we ordered. Ordered? It's bread for the table! Basic. No apology was issued or accommodation made.
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  • My Second time @ Barbounia
    alex
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I love the food in this place! The appetizers are a must - spicy feta!!, humus! and the eggplant are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week find
    bdurnwald
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My friend suggested Barbounia during restaurant week. IT was a great experience on all fronts. The service was warm, friendly and attentive. Each dish was unique and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience and food
    firsttimer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was terrific and servers were very attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good cocktails
    Dineout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The drinks were great but the food was nothing special. I got the sea bass and it was breaded and tasted spongy. Vibrant atmosphere. Next time I'll just go for drinks
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • auntyfascistVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    when you're here and gramercy tavern is too much, glad it's there. you're hungry and want a drink and maybe a salad. it's good enough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    mls515
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Barbounia has delicious drinks, seafood, and a great assortment of small plates to share and the best ambience in the area!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid experience
    Jayjay
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've been to Barbounia before and I love the decor and the food—in my most recent visit, it once again did not fail to meet expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very good Mediterranean food. Nice selection of small plates and salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice surprise
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have worked in this neighborhood for 25 years and never tried this restaurant. great lunch, high energy. Will make this a regular spot to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    shapgo
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Although the ambianca was nice and the service was fine, the food was not exceptional. It was overseasoned and the sauces were too strong when they needed to complement the spicy dishes. The Restaurant Week menu was not worth it and you are better off ordering off the main menu.
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  • friendly and delicious food!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This restaurant started off rocky for me but has continued to improve with every visit. I have been here six times and although the menu was always good, the service was not. I am happy to say that the service is so good now I can't believe it is the same staff! Very nice and pleasant, just way too loud for a conversation, especially at dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    perfect
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was on a first date that COULDN'T have been better. Everything was perfect. Food, drinks, wine, service, ambiance all amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Shoegal21
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great mix of different mediterranean foods... you have Greek, Turkish, Indian and more. Their bread is amazing!! Appetizers: the shrimp is delicious and has such a great spice to it, the cigars are good too (fried) and the octupus was good. The lamb & scallops were great! Nice ambience & service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Lunch Place
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Didn't expect the food to be so amazing, as I've seen this place so many times in the neighborhood and decided to give it a try for lunch. Absolutely loved it, great food, great service. Would recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious as always
    NancyG1
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    great easy place for a leisurely lunch to catch up with friends. can eat a delicious light lunch of lots of appetizers
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not worth it
    citygirl23VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    loud and overpriced. Not one dish stood out. Waiter seemed mostly annoyed. impersonal and not good. No reason to go
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic