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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.

321 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Btwn 8th & 9th Aves

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 246-9171

Website:
http://barbettarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

Parking Details:
Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
A,E,C,1,R,N,S

Executive Chef:
Dream Team de Cuisine

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Details
Daily 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (66)
Special Occasion (41)
Romantic (39)
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Authentic (38)
Good for a Date (38)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (14)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Seasonal (6)
People Watching (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Live Music (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The pre theatre price fix menu was wonderful. Sat in the main dining room. We really enjoyed it. Could hear each other talk without raising our voices even though the restaurant was very busy.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This lovely old Italian restaurant has excellent Northern Italian food. The attention given was so good. We were able to sit and talk while enjoying both the food and the ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Good food and quick and efficient service. A great place for a pre-show dinner. Will go back again for sure.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Just what I wanted: very good Italian food in a relaxed but elegant setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food and service but needs renovations badly.
It feels frozen in time and smells musty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2018

What an oasis of peace and traditional Italian setvice and lovely and delicious food!
Went pre theatre and did prix fixe. Took recommendations from waiters and loved all.
Excellent martinis and terrific experience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing game

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was over priced and had small portions

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The experience was perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

FOOD WAS EXCELLENT . THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A hidden gem- great atmosphere and amazing food

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

A wonderful, elegant way to celebrate the holidays with family. Wonderful and old-fashioned service and responsive to our desire (and capable of ) to have an early meal pre-theatre. Beautiful harden too!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was just so-so. Pretty Noisy. Tired looking furnishings.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was bland and portions were small. Wasn’t terrible just not worth the price.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service, great food, wine, desserts!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was amazing. Love this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We always chose this restaurant for a pre-theatre dinner. The food and service are always top notch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Awesome food, unrushed with experienced service. A rare find in New York City.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Tired, old establishment that is over priced. Service was very good, food was mediocre.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful creative menu. The food was delicious, presentation was lovely, service was excellent and unobtrusive. Recommend it highly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A most pleasant experience with attentive and friendly staff, good food and good wine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. The place is beautiful and the service was good. The food was very good. It is expensive but we expected that.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great pick

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A wonderful atmospheric place. Food was delicious, service efficient, and we were finished in plenty of time for the theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Absolutely fantastic food. Service was exceptional. Would recommend to all. Worth the time and money.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A wonderful, intimate setting where you can enjoy well prepared dishes while the staff make sure you have everything you need. It’s super easy to hold a conversation as well

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening in every way possible.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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