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Barbounia

4.5
2201 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Barbounia: a boisterous reinvention of the Mediterranean’s vibrant cuisine and easy lifestyle. Named for the ubiquitous red mullet that swims the Mediterranean waters, Barbounia celebrates the region’s common heritage and bold cuisines through distinctive flavors, fresh ingredients and innovative design by the award winning Atlanta-based Johnson Studio.
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, Pay with OpenTable, 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

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What 2201 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food, excellent service. Although a bit pricey, the food was really top notch. The staff was very attentive and genuinely nice. I’d definitely go back.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I recently celebrated my birthday with brunch at Barbounia. The service and food choices were great - not your run of the mill, and really well-prepared and delicious. Their fresh baked bread, the Bellinis and Mimosas were right on the mark! I loved my exotic mediterranean-style poached egg combo; the Babka dessert (with candle), however, was awful, stale, hard, inedible. First time I ever left a dessert over; it should never have been served.

And, the noise factor is another matter! They seem to be under the impression (from what we were told by the person who checked us in) that a literally deafening noise level is enjoyed by their clientele, who invariably leave with throbbing ear-drums and a hoarse throat as a result of trying to make themselves heard in just ordinary across the table conversation. WRONG!!! We spoke with at least 4 different neighboring couples who came and went as we were eating, and not ONE, could say that they were happy with the horribly loud noise! They tolerate it, just as we did, because they love the food, just as we did, but would have much preferred a tolerable level of noise. Will have to think twice about going there again!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Sunday brunch with the girls was amazing at barbounia as usual ! I’ve been here over 30 times and I’m always impressed and I leave happy, full and a little tipsy! Never a mistake to come here!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing! Food was fabulous, and the staff very attentive and accommodating.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Loud music and boisterous space. Delicious food with attentive service.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were a party of 4 sat at a table t\that was so tight, I continually hit my head on a palm tree. When people were seated next to us, we were blocked in completely -- where only one of our party, who was along the aisle, could get up without major upheaval of guests all around. Food was served either piping hot or room temperature. Waiter was inattentive at best, and a nuisance at worst -- clearing half full drinks we'd have the steal back from his hands. Having been here before, this was very, very disappointing. Perhaps don't fill the place to the legal limit, and provide better service?

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

All that we hoped for when we chose this establishment. Fun ambiance with a feeling of being in he Middle East with white walls and long linen curtains and arches. Interning art on the walls, low lighting, a view of the oven. The Tajin with dorade was scrumptious with so much flavor, the scallops were the best we ever had. They were on top of roasted carrots and cauliflower on top of a layer of labneh. Wonderful meal and very popular spot. I guess they all knew it is a gem.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The server was very nice just attentive enough. The food as always was excellent - we shared appetizers and entree like tapas/mezze. It was a very pleasant birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious + good vibes!
Amazing Mediterranean food and music

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had dinner at Barbounia on 4/14 while on visiting our sons from Brooklyn. We luckily had reservations, as the place filled up very quickly and stayed busy for the hour or so we were there. I will say that the dining experience at Barbounia was one of the best we've had in a long time. The food was outstanding; our group ordered strip steak, salmon kebobs, swordfish, and duck shawarma. Everyone raved about their meal, although the swordfish was slightly dry. The steak was the biggest hit--tender, flavorful, excellent!
We ordered appetizers, including fried calamari, hummus, and spicy eggplant--all were very tasty.
The service was as outstanding as the food---with several servers catering to our every need. It was such a friendly, welcoming environment. While fairly loud with many tables close in vicinity, we had no problem holding conversations at our own table.

All in all, dining at Barbounia was a real treat, and we will definitely return---soon!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My fiancee and I had 12PM reservations and got to the restaurant slightly early. We were immediately given a seat, 3rd 2 top from the front windows. During the initial order and first round of drinks, we experienced 3 different servers, each of which we had to flag down. The food came quickly and met our expectations - that was not an issue. The service however was sub-par. We asked for ketchup, it never came, and without physically getting up to grab the attention of someone, it wasn't going to ever come. We sat without water and "bottomless" drinks the majority of the time. During the 4 champagne fill-ups, 2 were completely flat which were sent back (consuming 2 glasses in total while seated). What was extra frustrating was that our server was paying FULL attention to a 5 top table seated closest to the doors on a round table - making sure they had drinks, checked in on, and taking several photos for them throughout their time there. It became almost a laughing matter between my Fiancee and I because it was so obvious and almost a game to us to see if he was ever going to come back to our table to see if we needed anything.

Tired of sitting without service (no offer of desert or additional drinks), we opted to flag down a 4th server to grab the check and move over to the bar. The bar staff couldn't have done more - offered us a menu, drinks, and made small talk with us; I kind of wish we had our whole meal there!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great service. Food good and large portions

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I loved it. The ambience was great.
The food and service was good as well.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and service was pretty good. I like coming here.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great place to celebrate your birthday. Drinks and food are expensive

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was great

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I have always said to people when they ask for recommendation of a good place to dine at in Grammercy/Union Square, "Barbounia, it's an oldie but goodie!" (given how many new places keep opening up in this area. Having said that, it was very disappointing in my last dinner there with 2 ladies that we felt rushed. As if the main concern was to "turn a table" versus allowing customers to enjoy their get together.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Always great - have been many times and will be back again!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Love the scenario, cool young and pop! I was there for brunch, food was good, felafel were super good!! Great french fries.. eggs Benedict with salmon was delicious!! I really want to go back for dinner.. the ambience was super vibrant with nice middle eastern music.. we will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Really loved the ambiance of this restaurant, it made me feel like i stepped out of the city for a little while and into a tropical oasis. The food was delicious, we ended up splitting a bunch of appetizers amongst four of us and we were quite happy with our choices as well as the portions. Only negative was how loud the restaurant was, we had to basically yell across the table at one another.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I thought the food was delicious (my friend liked hers but not as much.) However, the service was really terrible -- especially considering the prices. Even though we had a 6pm reservation so the place was not at all crowded when we arrived, it seemed to take forever for someone to even come over to our table. We never really did figure out who our server was because different people kept coming at different times (not because they were being so helpful, but because they all seemed kind of confused.) We had a very simple order: two entrees and a side order of brussels sprouts. The sprouts did not arrive with the entrees and we had to flag down about four different people before someone got them. (The server had apparently not even ordered them -- seems incredible considering the simplicity of our order.) Also, no bread was delivered until we specifically requested it well into the meal.
As the evening wore on and the place filled up, it became incredibly noisy. (Admittedly, it was a Saturday.) But given the poor service, high prices and noise level, I don't think I'll go back, even though the food was quite good.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The restaurant was deafening loud and about ten degrees too hot. Food was tasty but expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

While I have been to Barbounia many times I was not pleased with this visit. I had the special pasta dish which mentioned mushrooms as an ingredient. When I received my meal I found they should have written the menu item as "mushrooms with some pasta." I like mushrooms but not an entire bowl! I did not have time (theater tickets) to have the meal exchanged I did let the waiter know that I was not pleased. He sent over a manager and when I described the plate his comment was "Oh, so sorry." I did not necessarily think I would be compensated but at least a percentage back on the meal would have been appreciated.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very pleasant experience, fresh and tasty food, grate service and ambiance, the Branzino and the fried calamari were one of the best I ever had . Fried artichoke is a winner

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent! The mezze...omg...and the bread to accompany...DELICIOUS! Best hummus I have ever had. Also had excellent lobster risotto. YUM YUM YUM, can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Best grilled octopus I’ve had - and I frequent the Greek restaurants in Astoria often.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I had the 3 mezzes hummus, labaneh, and spicy feta with their special bread. The food was very good. The rest of the party took the lobster risotto, and they weren't enthusiastic: way too salty, although it had plenty of lobster.
For dessert we had the Kanafeh and the chocolate souffle, both quite good.
The music level was a bit too high for a conversation but it wasn't too bad either.

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Very average Lebanese . No Lebanese bread available they serve you a pizza with kebab . Found it a strange combination to even suggest when you ask for cheese naan to go with a kebab . Strangely Off .

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was great, but the music, particularly to celebrate birthdays, was FAR too loud.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was excellent, however the restaurant itself was very loud not only from everyone talking in crowded space but from the loud music that they play as well. Service was also disappointing. The waiter paid minimal attention to us and screwed up my friends order twice

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Overpriced - as example charged $8 for 5 small shrimps added to Greek salad
I.e $1.50 each! Even for a NYC restaurant, it's an outrage

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Service was attentive and fast. Food came out quickly, and was great. My favorite dishes from the table were the Duck, and Calamari.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had a great time! Highly recommend the spicy feta, chopped salad and the short ribs.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Brunch was delicious

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I found that the wait staff was condescending.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Waiter was a bit rude in trying to rush us through a Friday evening but always a good time and usually fantastic food; last night a couple of blips.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food. Great service. All around a wonderful place to eat!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Staff was so nice and servers were very attentive, informative, and sweet. Food was excellent! Will need to come back and devour the rest of the amazing menu.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Overall loved the food. Just wish that the bottomless brunch came around more often (we only got 3 rounds) but again the food was so good!

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