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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
Loved the place, the food and the personalized service. Their pre-theater menu is fabulous and fresh. I had indicated it was out 1st year anniversary dinner and they surprised us with a little slice of delicious cake and a candle. It was fantastic! We will definitely come back! Grazie a tutti!
The Zagats had a good review on it so I expected it to be good. I am a foodie and so is my friend who I dined with. We were very disappointed, the food was mediocre at best and the wine list was nothing to speak of. The service was attentive and they tried their best to please. Although the ambiance was nice, I would never recommend this restaurant.
Love this place. Charming, elegant decor and excellent, old-school (read that as correct) service. Walking into this historic brownstone is a balm after being in the grungy chaos of the theater district. Friendly and civilized. They care about your whole dining experience and will accomodate show times. There is also a lovely outdoor pario. No one makes better zabiaglione!
Our waiters were charming and full of personality. Meal was prepared to perfection. Our companion diners became friends! Really it was a surreal evening and we will definitely be back again. We plan on coming back for dinner with clients which is our highest praise! We were here on a Saturday and it's wasn't overly crowded. Dining in the garden was a treat for us city dwellers.
Barbetta's has always been a cut above. It's not the type of place you go to every day. I was there for lunch with a colleague and we were seated in the outdoor garden. We arrived quite early and neither of the entrees we ordered was available because the delivery truck had not yet arrived. The Maitre D' recommended that we order our salads with the hope that the truck would arrive soon. Lo and behold it did and lunch was saved. Unfortunately, my dessert choice was not available nor was it on any truck. But the service and setting at this NYC gem are exquisite and the restaurant is a must at least once in every New Yorker's or visitor's life.
My husband and I dine at Barbetta every time we come to NY. They have the garden open in the summer which is beautifully candle lit and has a fountain which adds to the ambiance. Both the food and service are excellent. Walking distance from Times Square. Not really a good place for children.
Waiters ignore you once you order. My entree, the special Tuscan Braised Ribs, was almost inedible due to being overly salted. My wife had a side dish of lentils, which were so spicy they could not be eaten. Appetizer pasta dishes were fine.Deserts were excellent. You have to upgrade the $58 pix-fixed dinner for most of the entrees. Portion sizes were small. We waited forever for a check. This restaurant is for tourists who do not know the difference, but want a name restaurant. There are many better choices on Restaurant Row. I will not be back...and I am sure they could care less.
I dined at Barbetta the first time and have returned many times since. It is always a wonderful experience magnified by waiters who've served there for years30 years and who welcome you back like it's your home. We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner for the first time. We'll definitely look forward to our next visit.
We went before a show because of its great location. The décor is Old World, with a charming outdoor patio. The highlight is definitely the atmosphere- the friendly, convivial atmosphere make it a fun experience, thanks to the professional waiters who have worked there a long time. The food selections, however, are not standard pasta-heavy Italian- they have a twist, and are more adventurous. They are very good, but not great. The wine selections were nicely varied and had a good number of Italian ones, appropriately so. A very pleasant evening!
The most perfect setting, food and wine to celebrate our memorable engagement dinner in NYC. Coming from Cape Town where dining out is one of our favorite pastimes of choice, we were blown away by the beauty of this little gem. We literally felt like we were in Italy and what a wonderful experience when sitting in the heart of the hustle of New York City. The food was wonderfully prepared and full of flavor. my roast lamb rack was delicious! The Chardonnay straight from the Napa Valley was also a pleasant surprise as zi am not a Chardonay lover on most days. The crisp flavours mixed with the buttery undertones made it the perfect wine on a hot spine night.
Barbetta has the most wonderful outdoor dining gardens in midtown Manhattan. On our most recent visit the food was excellent! The wine choices were perfectly matched. Service was attentive as always. The soft shell crabs were a treat. Try a Wednesday afternoon lunch especially if you are not going to the theater.
Upon entering the restaurant and being seated to our table, you are immediately transported to a different time. Hearing the piano play such beautiful music, seeing how magnificent every decoration caters to promote such romance, it is simply opulence at its best. The service was stellar and the food was absolutely fantastic - having the Sea Bass simply melt in your mouth. It was a special occasion for us and it is definitely one we will treasure and never forget. Thank you for the memories!
We had the pleasure of dining on the secluded garden patio before our Broadway show. Excellent pre-theatre menu and smooth friendly service. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. Good wine list with many well-priced choices.
There are many restaurants on this block but this one is really special.
So wonderful! It had been quite a while since we had been to Barbetta and now all we can do is vow to make up for lost time. The garden is absolutely enchanting and a most romantic and lovely setting. Eduardo, our server, was so welcoming and caring - and fun as well. And then the food was delicious, perfectly prepared and presented. We had a wonderful dinner and cannot wiat to return. Thank you, Barbetta and especially, thank you, Eduardo.
This restaurant is a centenarian icon of NYC fine dining. Unfortunately, it's best days are behind it and it is coasting on its reputation. The appetizer was served late and lukewarm. The salad course was totally forgotten. The sea bass however, was impeccably cooked.
The terrace is where to dime, weather permitting. It is relaxing and away from the din of the city.
The Garden is open. Barbetta Restaurant has the greatest garden dining in NYC. The Food was excellent and the service outstanding. This is the place to be during the spring and summer. Our table enjoyed wonderful pasta and entrees that were ordered included rabbit, swordfish and scallops. Desserts were extraordinary. Excellent wines were enjoyed by all. Put Barbetta on your list when you are not going to a show and enjoy. Service was excellent and most attentive.
There was no choice but a price fix menu, which was a surprise. I assume that was done to accommodate a large number of pre-theatre diners; however, other restaurants in the area confront the same problem and do not truncate their menus. The wines by the glass were only fair and at $16, overpriced. The food was passable but should have been much better for the price. The nicest part of Barbetta is their lovely spacious garden which was a delight on a temperate spring evening. Overall, I wouldn't go back unless I were just having a drink in the garden on in the old-world piano room in the front of the restaurant.
the food was fine and it's still a pretty place although it's showing its age. the service, however, was sloppy and unprofessional. the waiters do not seem well trained. ours couldn't explain the prix fixe menu in a way we could understand. the head waiter also yelled at a junior waiter right in front of us. i wouldn't go back.
ambience and service was excellent.The food was terrible-not one of the 4 of us had a good dish,The risotto was like cream of wheat, the bolognese sauce was tasteless and had a ton of carrots in the sauce and the pesto sauce was also tasteless and gloppy. Very disappointing for such a beautiful restaurant!
Tnis is Theatre FRow's best restaurant. It has wonderful food, excellent service, and a wonderful ambience. While always inviting, Barbetta is especially special during tghe late Spring and Summer when one can dine in the garden. Hands down, a superior restaurant.
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