Lunch was outstanding, the Cous Cous and Lamb Tangine wonderful. A good bottle of red wine and the French desert topped it off. However, the food was not as wonderful when we went back some weeks later for dinner. Perhaps our mood, or the chef's, was off? Barbes can get very crowded and the tables are in close proximity to each other, so it can get loud. I will go back for the Moroccan food.
4/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food! Very attentive
Delicious food! Very attentive staff but sometimes it felt like they were rushing to take our plates. It was great that they were on top of everything but I think giving the rest of the group a few minutes to finish their course would have been more relaxing.
I would highly recommend all of the dishes we had - hummus, poutine, couscous were all delicious! Server gave great reviews of which she preferred which was helpful for some of the indecisive.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every bite, from appetizer to dessert was delicious. There are various couscous dishes and tangines as well as other entrees. Desserts such as chocolate mousse and creme brulee were also very good. The "souffle", however, although very good, was basically a chocolate volcano cake. I would recommend this restaurant and will return. The restaurant itself is small and quiet, with a warm welcoming atmosphere.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice service as always. Friends new to this menu throughly enjoyed. All dishes were delicious.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit to Barbes and
First visit to Barbes and enjoyed it as much as their sister restaurant Arabesque. Great food, good service. All staff made us feel welcome and checked our needs throughout the dinner. We will definitely return. The Sea Bass Tangine was superb!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Barbes a number
We have been to Barbes a number of times. Love it and the sister restaurant, Arabesque. Both have great food and wonderful service. Highly recommend!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
BARBES: MOROCCO IN MURRAY HILL
This small and welcoming restaurant has a menu with traditional Moroccan dishes like tagines, grilled meats (served off the skewer), a wide array of salads, some fish, as well as a limited but well-chosen and reasonably priced wine list. The service is warm and friendly without being overbearing, and it is clear that word has gotten out; though it was empty at 6:30, by 7:30 the place was jammed. Yet no one rushed us, and they kept refilling our water glasses when we were in no hurry to leave. It's on an unassuming block (36th between 5th and Madison), but its central location makes it convenient from many different parts of town. The place has not an ounce of pretentiousness.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
authentic Moroccan food
Very tasty, authentic Moroccan food in a quiet, little restaurant in midtown Manhattan. They have a good assortment of tagines and couscous dishes which were well seasoned and amply sized. The eggplant appetizer, Zaalouk, was marvelous.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
During a 4 day visit to NYC
During a 4 day visit to NYC my wife and I actually ate here twice... the food, service and ambience is that good! One evening we felt like eating lite and enjoyed great salads and a crab cake. Next night we greatly enjoyed traditional Moroccan dishes. The staff were genuine and friendly.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite restaurants!
One of our favorite restaurants! Always dependable food and service. Tangines are great.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely atmosphere, reasonable cost
This is a great find if you need to dine somewhere near the Morgan Library or elsewhere in the high East or West 30s. Interesting Moroccan menu ( tagines, couscous etc.), good wine list, quiet enough to have a conversation, but with enough buzz that it didn't feel dead. There was a TON of couscous with my dish, possibly made it seem drier than it was, and I think some of the vegetable pieces they included were a little clunky -- huge, unseasoned chunks. On the whole, though, I would go back and explore more of the offerings. Didn't feel cheap, but the prices were moderate, which is rare in a place so close to midtown.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance, could be better.
I went to Barbes with a few coworkers for lunch. We were greeted in a timely fashion but the waitress was not helpful with food recommendations at all. We ordered a bottle of white wine; which was served at room temperature. When we asked if they had a cold bottle; the waitress stated that they were all the same temperature. Otherwise, the food was delicious and the ambiance is lovely-- I wouldn't necessarily recommend this restaurant to a friend, but would definitely recommend their sister restaurant 'Arabesque'.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome food and personalized service. Great neighborhood find !!!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service ....food
Excellent service ....food good quality and well prepared. Interesting menu options. Ambience was nice....and noise level very moderate so no need to shout across the table.
Will return soon
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to this restaurant while on a trip to NYC for my Mom's 74th birthday. After consulting the menu on Open Table, we reserved. We were super happy. The food was delicious and presented nicely. We all had a different offering and no one was disappointed. I would suggest the duck or the Hanger steak. Both were amazing. The service was efficient and everyone was very friendly. The portion sizes were perfect and the food was well-spiced without the usual excessive saltiness of a less-accomplished chef. We thought seriously about returning the next day! The food was well-priced and they were accommodating to my celiac disease. We immediately recommended the restaurant at the hotel when we returned. Can't wait to go back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent customer service.
Excellent customer service. The staff is friendly and helpful. Food with different flavors.
9/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Well done we wanted to give this neighborhood restaurant a try and didn't disappoint.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been there with my wife, food was good, ambience was little but cute...
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Never let down
This was my 4th time at barbes. I can say each time I go, it never disappoints. They food is delicious, filling and unique. Yes you can get lamb and chicken and fish...but the way they cook it (Lamb Tangine, with prunes, ummm) and the duck breast are amazing. It's a very cute/romantic place in the heart of midtown. You will not go wrong if trying to find a great place to eat something different, and your friends will be impressed as well.
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoy Barbes. Always good
We enjoy Barbes. Always good food and good service. A frequent and reliable restaurant for us
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quiet spot in a noisy neighborhood
Right around the corner from the Empire State Building and loads of tourists is a small
quiet place that serves delicious moroccan/mediterranean cuisine.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent post marathon dinner
We were in town for the marathon and had dinner afterwards with our runner and the whole family. All agree it was their best couscous in a restaurant , the chicken tagine was delicious and the pastilla very good. We were all very hungry , especially our runner, so we had several appetizers, the briouats were a big hit, the merguez brochettes were just the right spicy and the lamb ones were fought over!
The place was cozy and quiet, the service efficient , just what we needed after a long cold day!
Thank you, Barbes!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Back in Fez
Barbes restaurant was a great spot for a late lunch. We had the most wonderful Lamb Tangine this side of Morroco, with outstanding Couscous on the side. Our party of four spent a most enjoyable two hours eating, talking and drinking some very good affordable wine. The service was outstanding.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very friendly and attentive
Very friendly and attentive management and service staff.
Tables are a bit close and noise level quite high, but the Tagines
that all 4 in our party ordered were delicious---
the place is always packed, obviously, reflecting satisfied patrons.
Given how few restaurants are located in Murray Hill, this one is
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service up to snuff
The reviewers complaining that service here is poor, obviously do not appreciate an intimate, family run restaurant. It's true that service can be a little slow, but that is to be expected in a restaurant that is the size of a person's living room. If Barbes had any more than 3 servers, they would be running into one another. Even though it took it took a good 10 - 15 minutes to bring us our first drink order, the service they provided was second to none. We went here for my birthday and the restaurant went out of their way to cater to our group. The food was very good, everyone had a fantastic time. It's a great restaurant for a dinner that doesn't break the bank and has plenty of affordable wines to keep palates satiated.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, good service
Restaurant has a good selection of appetizers, entrees and wines. Service was very good. Food was cooked to perfection . Service was quick but not rushed. Quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy Restaurant with DELICIOUS Food
Brought my family here for a late Saturday lunch. The restaurant was decently full but the noise level was nice and low--perfect for conversation without being too eerily quiet. Our server was wonderful, meeting all our requests with a smile (my mom's coffee was too strong and she didn't hesitate to whip up a new one). I ordered the smoked salmon benedict, my mom got the Mediterranean salad, and my dad and sister got the chicken and lamb kebabs (respectively). The food was absolutely delicious, perfect portions that are well worth the relatively low prices. The best part? THE AMBIENCE. So cozy. It's a real gem in the neighborhood; I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed the atmosphere of a restaurant so much. Highly recommend.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service and food. We happened upon this gem late in the eve of Thanksgiving and though their doors were locked, they invitingly opened the doors and encouraged us to take our time enjoying a meal. Food, service and ambiance were wonderful!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM