Barbounia

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Barbounia is an oasis of modern Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy combined with a beautiful chic ambiance and a welcoming staff. Under the direction of Partners Alon Jibli and David Sasson, the restaurant is said to “move into Manhattan’s top tier of Mediterranean’s” as stated eloquently by Bob Lape of Crain’s. Barbounia is open daily for lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.
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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious Mediterranean food, the ambiance is very comfortable and inviting.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food , service and atmosphere were fantastic. The only thing holding back a 5 star review was that the tables were to close together. I know real estate is at a premium in NYC but they had one to many tables jammed into the space. My elbows were on top off the person at the next table.

JG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would recommend to friends, however would NOT recommend for large groups.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. One of the best bottomless deals in the city!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and atmosphere was excellent. The service was pretty terrible. We arrived at our reservation on time but were made to wait an additional thirty minutes. We got to the table to dirty glasses and silverware. The waiter took thirty minutes to take our order and took longer to do anything else.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks! Great for a date night not a quiet place but ambiance is beautiful! Music in the background is upbeat!

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing in all aspects. Mezze trio spicy feta, hummus and eggplant was perfect. Branzino was also amazing. Portions big. Def will be coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was good.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Checked in on time for reservation and was made to wait for over 30 minutes in a crowded and uncomfortable foyer. Receiving no word as to when a table would be available nor an apology for the delay, we left and went to another restaurant where we had a lovely dinner.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The experience was good until we paid the bill. Although we were done and my husband had just given his credit card the hostess came over and said she needed the table. I get that when you make the reservation that it gives you a time limited but we had asked for the check and were about to leave. It seemed very rude and not a nice way to end a birthday dinner, for a $450 dinner I think they should be able to communicate in a much better way then we need the table now. I won’t be back..

CO
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our reservation started at 7pm. they did not seat us until 7:55pm and kept making excuses. Unacceptable.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Wait staff was fine, even though we asked that they course out the food and it was all brought within 5 minutes of us ordering. The hosts kept lingering over our table trying to get us to leave. They even took our water glasses away. The main host actually asked us to leave and pretended he was joking- he was not. Very rude. My friends said something when we did get up and they didn’t even apologize. We were only there a little over an hour.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I was sick to my stomach all night from the mixed grill platter. The potatoes weren’t cooked all the way, while some of the meat was overcooked.

KK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow even though restaurant wasnt full

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to Barbounia. The food is always terrific, the spicy feta and the pan seared cauliflower is a must! Best Mediterranean food in the city!!

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration food was fabulous and atmosphere is perfect.

IY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were both amazing

y
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to celebrate birthdays, not seeing each other in a while and it happened to be valentines weekend. The restaurant was packed full of red roses and valentines Mylar red heart balloons. We loved how festive they went with the decor. We had bottomless mimosas, the mezze 6 dip appetizer and brunch items. Each dish was beautiful and delicious. My son ordered fresh fruit. It was large bowl chock full of fresh blackberries, pear, apples, bananas and strawberries! So great! I ordered a wild mushroom omelet delish, two had shashuksa, two had French toast and one had steak and eggs. And one had the falafel sándwich. All were great in their own way. Perfectly seasoned. Cooked well - not over or under done. It was a great time to spend visiting and sharing some great food!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Pretty disappointed... food was average rather below standards... forced us to order everything at one go.... we ended up ordering way too much... complaint to manager but no luck ... terrible experience... drinks were super average rather a waste

M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We were excited to return here for Valentine's Day Weekend, as we well remember our 2nd date here. What a HUGE disappointment!!! Though the decor is really inviting and beautiful, our experience was immediately sullied by our pushy and impatient waiter.....Do we really know what we want to order 3 seconds after sitting, before our coats are off? The hummus appetizer that we recall from our previous visit was nothing memorable this time: watery and tasteless. The waiter really pushed hard for us to order the halibut special; no wonder, as it was rubbery, overly fishy, and clearly left over from the Friday Valentine's Day stockpile. My hanger steak arrived underdone and cold. Will never return, especially given that Gramercy Tavern is right next door....

JI
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had dinner with my daughter here on Valentine's Day while on a business trip. The restaurant was packed of course being a holiday, but the service and food were superb. Everything spot on. The breads, hummus, tahini and eggplant, before dinner were superb. The wine list extensive and easy to find a great bottle (including half bottles) at a reasonable price. We had brazini perfectly deboned and chicken kabobs.. among other vegetables. The service was excellent .. we never waited or were looking for next course. Everyone was friendly from hostess to the busboys. It was packed tight with tables and very loud.. but I would go back here again.. and I intend to anytime I am in NYC.. putting this on on my list of go to restaurants.

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Outstanding service! Highly recommend!

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Totally decked out for Valentines Day which was cool. What isn’t cool is making you wait for your entire party to arrive before seating you when the reservation required a credit card and was already confirmed.

NS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Barbounia is a really wonderful restaurant. The food is great, as is the service, and the environment is really lovely. We went for Valentine's Day and they really outdid themselves- delicious specials and great decorations. We had dover sole for two (a special), salads and the iron skillet shrimp. Oh and the bread... I'd go just for that.

RM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Barbounia, but they used to give the excellent bread for free. Too bad they charge now.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really delicious food but overpriced for what it is. 2 people (one vegan) and a bottle of wine, $232!
Tables very close together, no room between tables and very small table for 2. Very, very noisy!
Best time to go, late lunch on a Saturday...

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time you walk in, you are treated like a VIP. love this place. Ambiance is great, service very attentive and the food is great. Love the menu selections.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here. The food is exquisite. Can be a bit pricey so I save it for special occasions and meetings.

G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit noisy. Otherwise a great place

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience overall. Food ambiance, and service was amazing.

e
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Barbounia has a wonderful, creative menu. We went on Saturday night and it was packed. With a reservation, we waited 20 minutes for our table. The noise level was overwhelming and the tables so close together, we got to know the people to my right very quickly.

The servers were attentive and everything came to the table fresh and hot. The halvah dessert was a lovely, decadent surprise.

d
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Extremely disappointing...service was erratic (we barely sat down when 3 staff came over to take drink, wine, etc...order). I obviously only had one course, but the Branzino was mediocre. Our first two wine choices were out of stock (I don't care how long the wine list is, but if it is on the list it should be in stock). Finally the wrong desert was provided....by then I had given up. And all that for a premium price!!!! Sorry won't be back....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Noise level rose around 5:30pm

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall the food was really good and would come back but was a little pricey for brunch. We were only offered the group menu which we weren’t aware we had to do when we made the reservation. We were seated 30 min late and weren’t offered drinks for another 15 min so basically our drink service started 45 min late at 3pm and then they had last call at 4 before we even received our entrees. We had to pay the full bottomless brunch price and would’ve expected some courtesy round or extension of time due to the late seating and start of service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great concept and atmosphere. The choice of cuisine is good, a lot of good mediterranean/middle-east dishes. Also nice is the never ending flow of champagne cocktails.

LB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food selection and attentive service. Unlimited champagne drinks topped off the Brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I like the ambience and service was great

The house desert was incredible

The drinks were great as well

n
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food very tasty and different. service attentive. very noisy when restaurant full. tables small and very close to one another. pleasantly surprised when restaurant brought us an unexpected complementary desert. overall, a good experience. will go back for regular menu, as dishes look interesting.