Barbounia

4.6
2312 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Israeli
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:45pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Weekend Brunch: 10:30am - 3:45pm
HAPPY HOUR 7 Days from 3:00pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 995-0242
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Amitzur Mor
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Cross street
20th Street
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Public transit
6 train to 23rd St or L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 to Union Square
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Entertainment
DJ
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2312 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Good was amazing over all! Love going to this place

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We liked it for what it was, but we don't really go to this kind of restaurant, so we're not the best to judge. It's very big and very loud. Many people like this kind of experience and scene, but we're more intimate-space diners.

The food was very good. Fish and soup were especially well-prepared. Their revisionist Greek salad was just tomatoes, olive and feta. The quality of the ingredients was good, but it wasn't super special. We didn't get dessert or apps, so we can't vouch for them, but everything looked great, and I'm confident that most things were probably well-prepared.

I did think service was exceptional. The waiters were really nice, and when they misquoted the price of a special entree, they just comped the whole thing, which they didn't have to do at all (I practically begged them to let me pay the misquoted price, $25 instead of $37, but they insisted it would be $0!)

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious. Expensive but worth it and big portions. Beautiful decorations.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Another wonderful dinner at Barbounia. Restaurant Week made it easy to try new dishes.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

The noisest restaurant I have ever been to. Even after the large crowds are gone they then blast the music.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great fun spot for brunch!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Fantastic food

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Food is pretty good and I especially love the mushroom risotto and the octopus appetizer. Our server was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Very good food, excellent wait-staff, airy and light, just a little noisy. We moved after being seated because the speaker with loud music was overhead. Absolutely no problem. Found a table in a quieter corner.

Great bar, if you just want to stop in for a drink and nibbles. Very good list of Rose wines. We ordered a bottle.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Yummy shawarma

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

good food but just WAY too noisy. Impossible to talk without screaming.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food, excellent service! Came for restaurant week (dinner menu), very impressed and satisfied

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The restaurant is scenic and the food was good. However, the noise level was ear shattering. It was almost impossible to have a conversation. I had to shout so loudly that I am hoarse today.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Three of us went for a restaurant week get-together and had a splendid evening. The food was outstanding. I had the mussels (delicious!) to start, friends had a crisp refreshing salad. For main, I had dorade, with a lovely Mediterranean medley of peppers, lemon and spices; one friend had chicken kebab, which she enjoyed, the other the lamb with black rice (very good). Service was attentive and friendly. The only problem was the extremely high noise level, which made talking difficult. A couple of times we requested the music be turned down a little, but it did not make any difference.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was good, but service was not. Waiter made a sour face when we told him we were interested in only small dishes (beacuse we read the entrees were just “ok”, and the smaller dishes are better). We ordered about 10 for three people, so in terms of total price it was probebly more then if we would have ordered entrees as well, not that it should make a differnce, I should be free to order what ever I want without the waiter making me feel bad! And he kept asking us if we want anything else, which was annoing - there is a way to do that without making the guests feel bad, and I expect waiters at a place like that to know how to do it.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This place is a revelation. Every dish was tasty, made from fresh and beautiful ingredients. The desserts are impeccable. Service is fantastic. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Awesome place for boozy brunch. Great bellinis that get refilled often

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We really enjoyed restaurant week here. The perfect girls night get- together. 😊

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The ambiance is even better than it looks in photos. The food, exceptional! Wonderfully smooth hummus, the Restaurant Week mussels appetizer, chicken kabob entree and desserts were fantastic. While the restaurant is very loud, we enjoyed the energy. Cocktails are pricey, but expertly crafted and mixed.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The food was excellent. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the service.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Amazing food and great service!!!!!
Will come again !!!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Food was excellent. Nice atmosphere. Friendly wait staff.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Fun place w/ great food & drinks. Would highly recommend it.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food is good but pricey. Ordered a side which never arrived at the table. No apology from anyone. Service is not very good.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The bottomless mimosa/champagne cocktails paired with excellent brunch food options made for an unforgettable morning and afternoon in the Flatiron district. The service was friendly and prompt, but perhaps needed some more finesse when clearing our table and topping off drinks. Would recommend and coming back again!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Very nice ambiance but I felt the crowd was a bit pretensious, hostesses were super friendly and attentive, the servers also very nice, just the crowd seemed a bit too stuffy.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Wonderful staff very attentive.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was astonishingly subpar, to put it mildly. I couldn’t have more than two bites of my main course ‘Lamb shawarma’ which was literally floating on a bed of grease. No trace of any ‘black rice’ either.
Then the dessert, Silan, was extremely dry, and most likely missing half of the ingredients listed, I couldn’t eat more than two spoonfuls of it.
The service was better than the food.
Extremely disappointed with the quality of food.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Front desk was a little snotty about seating us when 5 out of six people in our party were waiting...but they did...and all was well after that.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

service was slow and inattentive. tables too close to each other.
noise level is very high. Hard to enjoy the food under the circumstances.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

the food was terrific, our waiter was very courteous and thoughtful. the noise level was very high and for a business lunch it was difficult to talk
also when my colleague came in the maitre d started talking to her and when a man came in after her, very aggressively looking for his table, the man chose to take care of the aggressive man and disregard my dining companion. it was somewhat mitigated when the manager intervened but it was clearly a faux pas on the greeters part

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Chicken was dry- meal was not great.
Waiter seemed overwhelmed, had to keep requesting a simple bottle of water.
I’ve dined here many times- when they are busy the food prep suffers. I’m going to take a break from this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food and ambiance was great. Their service could have been better. We had three different servers and everything moved very slowly. They ran out of one of the restaurant week items on the menu and didn’t offer to substitute it with anything.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

My favorite restaurant in NYC! We had a lovely evening with a group of friends from out of town. They love it now as well!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

If you don't mind the noise this place is great. The cocktail list is good and the bartender is open to improvising as well. Brunch menu is varied - terrific for vegans and meat eaters alike.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was decent. Different brunch selections. Service was awful though. Took forever to even get water and then had to wave waiter down every single time for everything. It wasn't that busy.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Brandzino and cauliflower are must orders. The ambiance is really cute and a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My son recommended this restaurant as he went there for christmas dinner with his firm, and gave my husband and myself a gift card for our 25th anniversary. The Food was fabulous and the waiter from Algeria and the Captain from Morocco were so helpful and attentive to us (sorry don't remember their names). We had the best time and enjoyed our entire meal from mezze to dessert. We will definitely come back.
PS my husband has been a Sous Chef for 25 yrs and it is very hard to please him, but you did. BRAVO!!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

food and ambiance are fine, but the service needs improving. at one point, we were one of two tables seated in the restaurant and 8 or 9 waiters were just standing around. it took 20 minutes for someone to take our order.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance and excellent service. Food was superb . Would love to go again . A bit on the expensive side but worth it . Will keep it for the next special occasion.

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