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About Barbetta Restaurant
Celebrating its 108th Year, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family. Barbetta is also New York's oldest Italian restaurant and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District. This three-fold distinction has earned it landmark status by the Locali Storici d'Italia. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy's northwestern most region. In summer, its exuberantly verdant garden with century-old trees and scented with the blooms of wisteria, oleander, jasmine and gardenia make it a most sought-after site for al fresco dining.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Pianist evenings from 6:00pm
Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Dream Team de Cuisine
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Barbetta makes available its verdant garden and spectacular palazzo-like interior for large receptions and weddings. For smaller parties Barbetta offers the patrician rooms of its 1874-1881 Townhouses built by the Astor family preserving their period details, fireplaces & magnificent wood paneling.
Barbetta Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I usually go to Orso for my pre-theater dining and will return back to them next time because Barbetta treated me as if I was part of a grand assembly line. Customer number 5055 on her way in and out. The waiter looked so bored, and I don't blame him for having to repeat the same choices over and over again to all the customers who were squeezed in as many tables as the owner could get in there. I had to ask for refills on my hot tea and my water many times. I wasn't asked if everything was OK until my bill arrived. It is way too obvious that Barbetta is trying to feed as many people as possible in the least amount of time. BEWARE!
We ate at this restaurant pre-theatre. Was not aware that most of the options were pre-fixed. Only three pasta dishes and we came for Italian food. Pre-fixed was $58 a lot for children and included an $18 dessert. My crepe brûlée was cold and has been pre-made and refrigerated, not what you’d expect for $18. We were told as soon as we sat down that about prefixed - we asked for a Caesar salad and were told no other options other than what was on the menu. A lot of waiters but definitely did not go out of their way to accommodate diners.
I liked the restaurant. The food was good. We were completely ignored by the waiter/Maître d. He had people he knew at the table behind us and spoke to them so loudly throughout our meal that he was talking over our conversation. Other than him, we had a pretty good meal but even that wound up a bit messed up because his absence made our waits between ordering quite long. He didn’t even say good night when we left.
I was surprised to be escorted to a table on the upper floor. (I didn't realize there was an upper floor!) It is smaller and cozier than the main dining room. I thought it was charming, but I heard another diner ask the waiter if they could be moved downstairs. He said you would have to ask specifically to be seated in the main dining room if that's what you want. I pass that information along as a public service. We were perfectly happy upstairs. Our dinner was really good, and the service is good. Give them a try!
Terrific food and attentive (but not overly so), professional service. The menu notes that food is prepared with very little salt and sugar which is a pleasure from the overly salted and sugary meals you often find in restaurants. The flavor doesn't suffer and ingredients are fresh and creatively used. The only caveat is that it is quite pricey but if you can stand the hit to your wallet, worth it for cuisine that is both very tasty and healthy in a beautiful landmark building. There is also a garden you can dine in, in nice weather.
A quite obviously high quality restaurant in a very traditional setting. Heaps of history and the staff are obviously very experienced. We visited post concert so a bit late to perhaps experience the restaurant in ‘full flow’. Food though was excellent and overall we were glad to have visited.
Disappointing Experience. This was a second visit and we were so excited to bring our friends and introduce them to Barbetta as a result of our previous visit which was amazing. We made reservations a long time ago and even made sure to reserve a time that was after the theater crowd had gone. Our special table request was not honored; we waited over 30 minutes to be seated; our waiter was dismissive and behaved like he couldn't be bothered with us; he was supposed to send the Sommelier to our table - he never showed; we were never given the full wine list - only a shortened version (presumably for the pre-fixed crowd) - the entire evening was ruined by the service. On the positive side, the white coat staff was very attentive and we sensed they were trying to overcome the snotty treatment by our black coat waiter. The food was also delicious. At these prices, one should expect great food AND service. Any meal experience is normally evaluated as 50% food and 50% service. This was indeed a memorable experience - but not in a good way.
We were disappointed because when I looked on line, the menu had a nice variety of food to choose from. When we got there, after seeing a play, we found out that they had a special menu on Friday and Saturday which was a Pre-Fix Menu. You were able to order A-La-Carte but only the items on the Pre-Fix menu. Had we known that ahead of time, we would have gone somewhere else. The food was very good but not what we expected.
We booked early dinner after a 2:00 PM show. When we arrived, we were given a table upstairs in an unheated otherwise empty room and told that because of a large party downstairs in the main dining room the full menu was not available. We were presented with a five course prix fixe menu with limited options and invited to order ala carte from that menu if we chose. Service was slow, atmosphere cold and remote, food not up to standard. We have eaten at Barbetta several times in the past, including in their outdoor venue, but are unlikely to do so in the future.
Old classic Italian style in the dining room with traditional & updated cuisine. My niece & I shared the risotto trio. Niece had rabbit that she raved about and I had Venetian style liver that was fabulous. Attentive waiters without being too in your face. The room was lovely and even though there were several large 10 top parties we could have a conversation without shouting to be heard. Only downside of dining here before the theatre is you'll want to linger over dessert or after dinner drinks!
As always, Barbetta did not disappoint.....arrive @ 6:00PM, get entertained by maitre de, order the prefix, have a couple of bottles of Italian wine, and out the door by 7:30PM to get to the theatre on time for an 8:00PM curtain....will do it again when next in NY for the theatre.
Dear patrons listen well. We were sat at a table that was wobbly. There's also a station for waiters to store extra napkins, silverware, water. It was situated between two tables, ours and next table. It was very disrespectful and inconsiderate for the wait staff to be standing around that station talking being noisy. The other family asked for their table to be changes.
Do you know why they sat us down at that wobbly table? The hostess this cute older lady was walking us to our table when she asks this Hispanic looking waitstaff "boss" perhaps "where should I sit them"? He said the table number to her but the way he said it, he first looked us up and down and then he said the table number. They will judge you here. This is not a place you can have fun and enjoy your dinner. We were dressed casual nice polo. This place is judges you. They will sit you based on who you know. Don't even let me start with dinner.
At 111 years young, Barbetta's has stood the test of time and delivers quality meals, superlative service, in an authentic setting, time and time, again. Love the fact that many of their entrees also note what year they were introduced to their customers on the menu. Bravo to the team at Barbetta's.
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