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Barbounia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barbounia.com
  • Phone: (212) 995-0242
  • 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 (212) 995-0242
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Good quality food. Menu was different than most. Good ambience. Overpriced."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food is so delicious that I cannot wait to revisit..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "With the exception of one entree, the Restaurant Week meal was excellent. One entree,"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I love the food in this place! The appetizers are a must - spicy feta!!, humus! and the eggplant are fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was terrific and servers were very attentive!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Barbounia has delicious drinks, seafood, and a great assortment of small plates to share and the best ambience in the area!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very good Mediterranean food. Nice selection of small plates and salads."
    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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I was on a first date that COULDN'T have been better. Everything was perfect. Food, drinks, wine, service, ambiance all amazing!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "great easy place for a leisurely lunch to catch up with friends. can eat a delicious light lunch of lots of appetizers"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food, wine and service was fabulous. We enjoyed ourselves. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "the side order of turkey bacon was our biggest surprise. Dont miss out the pancakes, they are delicious!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great for a group. We shared the five dips (served with amazing bread) and a bunch of small plates. Cocktails were delicious but outrageously overpriced (food too), but that's pretty standard for this neighborhood. A bit of a scene as well (also to be expected from this neighborhood). Would recommend for a fun night out!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Trendy NYC restaurants so often have snobby service. How refreshing at Barbounnia! It's a pretty place with high ceilings, and a clean, open feeling. Food was fresh, and different - lamb kebobs came baked under the pita, tangine style, keeping them delightfully spicy and moist. The octopus appy was crisp and popping. Oven baked chicken had a very crisp skin. The Greek style cheesecake was a ricotta/mozzeralla mix, baked in a thin sandwich of phyllo pastry covered in rose water and pistachios with ice cream - exceptionall. But the service was really what separates Barbounnia from others. It was Father's Day, we were with our own (messy) dad, and there were others with wheelchairs, or walkers, and they were so kind and attentive. T"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great spot for what I like to think of as the quintessential NYC boozy brunch. Actually, Barbounia takes it up a notch and does it a little classier than many of the other typical spots. I actually like the champagne they use and the staff all have heavy generous, flexible wrists. Recently celebrated a birthday brunch here and it was a great time. Cant go wrong with the croque madame, calamari, or burger."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Found the portions to be amazingly small--not talking a lunch special---we ordered entrees. The octopus was subpar with a nasty odor. Wine pours were small as well. Ambiance was great, nice energy. But if the food doesn't rate, Im never coming back"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We came here for our anniversary and weren't disappointed! It's definitely a louder, more lively place, but it's a great vibe, the food is delicious, and the service was excellent. I've been before and would definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I keep on coming back for Lamb Terracotta and Iron skillet shrimp. Love the restrooms in this place (Unisex), very Mediterranean feel to it. I wish they didn't change the presentation of their signature dessert called Selan. Instead of a plate it now comes in a whiskey glass, takes away all the joy from the dessert. A bit noisy but worth it."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is one of the best upscale restaurants in NYC for vegetarians. The choices are plentiful and the food is delicious. I started a salad and then had cauliflower and gigante beans for dinner. The wine menu is extensive. Top off dinner with kinafeh for dessert. A beautiful restaurant with excellent service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Loved the place, the food and the drinks! Had been a couple of times with friends, and every time I go, I discover something new I love.... really enjoy that you can talk with the people in you table"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Our waiter was very rude and off-putting. We felt rushed to breeze through the menu and place our order (our waiter said, "Your time is up"). We wanted to linger a little bit because we were there to celebrate my college graduation dinner, but we got the impression that they wanted to get us out of the restaurant as soon as possible. The food and ambience are outstanding, but the service is lacking. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I felt like all the people who had been out clubbing the night before ended up at this overly loud brunch spot. The food was good but not noteworthy. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Been here many times and enjoyed the food but this time was a bit off. Skate was overcooked, apps were just mediocre and service left a lot to be desired. Will come back for brunch but less enthusiastic about their dinner service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Server forgot to put in an order for a couple of appetizers and did not even bother to apologize or appear sorry when the mistake was brought to his attention. On top of that, one of the runners did not wash his hands after going to the bathroom (a fellow diner spotted him). We alerted the manager who was very attentive. Barbounia used to be a go-to spot for me and my friends, and now I will have to re-think this. While it is a gorgeous space with good food and drinks, I cannot overlook the service issues. What a shame."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Consistently awesome all around. Well done barbounia!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014