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
58 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (12)romantic (10)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Superb Food and Service
    michgid
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This was our first time dining at Barbes. The food was exceptional as was the service. We were impressed by the wine list as well. We will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but a bit expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    It’s self-defined a "French Moroccan". The food was delicious but the portions pretty small and every "side" is extra. So if look at it as "French": prices are reasonable. If you look at it as "Moroccan" it’s a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wine list is notable for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The wine list is notable for interesting bottles at under $40, and a very wide selection under $50. I went with two friends who wanted to enjoy food and drink while we caught up on recent life experiences. We spent about 2.5 hours at the restaurant doing exactly as we planned, so for our purposes, it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, all around!
    HungryManVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Delicious food and attentive service made for a spectacular and tasty dinner! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    elderVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I only recently learned that Barbes is the sister restaurant of Arabesque. Both our outstanding. The skewered lamb melts in your mouth. The place has a cozy feel. Very inviting. The service is excellent ... the staff are extremely professional and attentive. I highly recommend either of their restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Morrocco in NY... nice find
    ChickVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We found this through Open table and were very pleased with the atmosphere and the waiters ( Gary in particular) were really on the ball and were part of the evening but not intrusive. Noise level was low but only half full at the time we were there . the place is pleasingly small and quaint and decorated to fit the food that is offered . I like a restaurant to play music that also fits the type of decor and food that they serve to complete the experience! They had the "real deal" atmosphere at Barbes!! The mussels were great in the local broth and had a bold , spicy flavor without being over bearing . Not all people have a taste for lamb but if you do the lamb chops were outstanding !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu; the food is well-prepar
    JoeEats
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Great menu; the food is well-prepared, with generous servings. Service was fast and very friendly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much noise for a holiday party
    lisasclaf
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This was our first visit to Barbes and it started off well as the restaurant has nice ambience, was warm during the snow storm and the food was excellent. Also, the management and waitstaff were very nice and attentive. Unfortunately, they had hired a DJ for the Saturday evening and it ruined our get together with old friends. We left early and had dessert at Starbucks across the street where it was much quieter. I would go back if I could be sure there would be no music.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent representation of Morocco
    abgandpds
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Whoever thought chicken and cinnamon would be so perfect together?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MOROCCAN MARVEL
    TRAVELER
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Barbes has a great ambience. You feel like you are in Morocco. The menu selections were mouthwatering to read. Highly recommend and will certainly return to this gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food portions were skimpy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    food portions were skimpy and the service was not good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FOUND THE COMFORT LEVEL TO
    JeryVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    FOUND THE COMFORT LEVEL TO TAKE AWAY FROM VERY GOOD FOOD AND SERVICE > TABLES MUCH TO CLOSE TROUBLE GETTING IN AND OUT> TROUBLE WITH PEOPLE WALKING BY AND BRUSHING UP AGAINST YOU WHILE EATING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a convenient Moroccan gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Just a few blocks from the theater district, this place is a find. Moderately priced authentic Moroccan food--with French bistro food on the menu too, not surprising considering Morocco's history. Briouats, miniature pastilla appetizers is delicious (you can also get it as a main course) The Zaalouk, roasted eggplant, was another winner. They have an assortment of tangines and cous cous--all very good. If you want to try Moroccan wines, there are several to choose from. The service was gracious and very welcoming. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Surprise
    Hartsdale
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We had no idea what to expect and found very friendly and attentive service, excellent food and an overall great experience. One of our part was half an hour late and it was absolutely no problem.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    samia
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    viperman
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Restaurant with DELICIOUS Food
    NYCstudentfoodie
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service up to snuff
    K2skier95
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very friendly and attentive
    davidVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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 especially welcomed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back in Fez
    Howie
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent post marathon dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoy Barbes. Always good
    NewporterVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    We enjoy Barbes. Always good food and good service. A frequent and reliable restaurant for us
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet spot in a noisy neighborhood
    Susan
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Right around the corner from the Empire State Building and loads of tourists is a small quiet place that serves delicious moroccan/mediterranean cuisine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never let down
    docalabro
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    LoYado
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I have been there with my wife, food was good, ambience was little but cute...
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First try
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Well done we wanted to give this neighborhood restaurant a try and didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent customer service.
    Lillian
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Excellent customer service. The staff is friendly and helpful. Food with different flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food choices were very
    susell
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The food choices were very different, but tasty. The wait staff was quite helpful in explaining some of the dishes. Parking in the area was quite difficult. Overall the experience was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the atmosphere mostly
    Donna
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    It stayed true to the Moroccan theme but subtly. The menu could be more detailed with what ingredients/components make up the dish. I ordered the lamb couscous which unfortunately had many vegetables I did not enjoy and were too big, but softened from cooking. It also had raisins, which I don't like and if I knew they were in the dish I would have ordered more wisely. My boyfriend ordered a steak sandwich which was good, but I thought could have used a spread even though the steak was cooked to rare. Both entrees were presently really nicely and the service was very attentive. We both ordered red sangrias which I thought were good, but not amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place. I enjoyed the
    dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    nice place. I enjoyed the mixed appetizer (hummus, eggplant ,and roasted pepper salad) and the lamb tagine. the service was extremely warm and solicitous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Restaurant!!
    Trisherella
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service ....food
    Foodie1
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    BishbamVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Awesome food and personalized service. Great neighborhood find !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, could be better.
    WawaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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'.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasteless Moroccan Food
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Arrived at 7 and the place was packed. Good sign we thought. The waitstaff hadn't a clue regarding how dishes were prepared. Chicken on or off the bone? No idea. Portion size of apps? Couldn't say. App combo with three types of offerings (eggplant, veggies, hummus) was good. Plate of pita bread put on every table when you sit down. Couscous with chicken had two one ounce pieces of chicken on the bone: tasteless. Lamb tangine just wasn't good. We were not transported to Morocco as other diners have stated. We read about Barbes on Open Table, Zagat and Yelp. We really wanted to like it but will not return. The food sadly disappoints.
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  • Lovely atmosphere, reasonable cost
    isleofnewyork
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy
    HazelVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Good service, food did not have too much flavor and was very pricy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorite restaurants!
    NewporterVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    One of our favorite restaurants! Always dependable food and service. Tangines are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • During a 4 day visit to NYC
    ColoradoVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic Moroccan food
    madoakVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.