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About Barbounia

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.

250 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Israeli

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

Cross Street:
20th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 995-0242

Website:
http://www.barbounia.com/

Entertainment:
DJ

Public Transit:
6 train to 23rd St or L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 to Union Square

Executive Chef:
Amitzur Mor

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Barbounia Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Great for Brunch (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Good for Groups (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Fun (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Authentic (23)
Hot Spot (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Cozy (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
People Watching (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Romantic (16)
Casual (15)
Healthy (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Tapas (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Haven't been in a while (pregnancy & early childhood years) but finally made a return to my FAVORITE brunch spot and... it was AS amazing as I'd left it, minus the staff I once knew. Hands down, my favorite NYC brunch spot, even after all these years!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved of the Ambiance, the service was amazing and the food was incredible! They were able to modify just move my dietary restrictions but the food was still amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Never disappoints

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with very nice service and the food was delicious. The only negative was the seating was a bit cramped.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The spreads and appetizers we're delicious. Friendly staff and service was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Was told it was the “best non-steakhouse” meal in nyc. Not somplace I would go multiple times but great one off night. Did not disappoint great food and would recommend to friends

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing!!!

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

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and Valentines Day with are family. The atmosphere, food and service was outstanding. What a wonderful experience. First class all the way.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The staff rushed our dinner and constantly checking our progress. There were plenty of open tables and the restaurant had just opened.

Cocktails were great.

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

We had a great time, restaurant week menu was lovely, server recommended a nice rioja to compliment. All the service is what made the occasion fun.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Love Barbounia. Great menu choices for both meat lovers and no so meat lovers.

Awesome salads and pitas. The pizzas are also a good choice.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband and I went for Restaurant Week Lunch. It was late and more than half the restaurant was empty. We ordered our drinks and lunch. Then the problems started...

First, they brought our appetizers before drinks. Not a big problem, but it would’ve been nice to enjoy our drinks before we started eating. But the appetizers were delicious and we finished and waited for the dishes to be cleared.

Second, they didn’t clear the appetizer dishes. They just brought our main courses and only cleared the dishes we ate from and left the rest of the dirty dishes on our table. I had to ask them to clear them So embarrassing!

Third, I asked for a little more green tahini to finish my salmon kebab. They brought me a bowl and then charged me for it. Again, not a big deal but they should tell you if they’re going to charge you. “I’m sorry I can’t bring you a little extra. Would you like a side order of green tahini?”

Fourth, beware of the lamb kebab… It had pieces of bone in it!

Fifth , my two scoops of ice cream were served in a soup bowl. It wouldn’t of bothered me but the two lovely ladies sitting next to me were served their ice cream in beautiful glass dishes.

Sixth, We questioned the charge of the green tahini on our bill and our waiter spent 15 minutes apparently searching for a manager who could not be found. I guess managers don’t work at the restaurant during restaurant week lunchtime. So he brought us another glass of wine to make up for it. But he did not bring the same one we were drinking. Instead he brought a glass of a not so tasty wine.

I don’t understand why we were treated this way. We never complained about anything, not even the bone pieces in the lamb kebab. All in all, an uncomfortable meal, though the food was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food, great ambiance and the cauliflower is the best appetizer besides the mezze.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great decor, food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food with great atmosphere. It was a pleasurable dining experience at a reasonable price. I would return perhaps on another date.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was good. Service was great. A curious observation though - hostess did an obvious assessment - guess we weren't up to snuff (to the surprise of the seating hostess) and seated us in the back - by the kitchen by the noisy bar. Too obvious and not nice. So if you get seated in the back...that's the deal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our choice of Wine was out, and they substituted it with one that was much less tasteful and definitely not what we were looking for.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff and the service was very attentive and helpful with everything we needed. The drinks were great and the food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great wine list, cool place, and wonderful authentic food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful food and drinks, the waiters were so nice, we loved having brunch here!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had another great meal. Food was great all around. Everyone was pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

obviously trying to turn tables very quickly on a sat night. Service was way too rushed. We had to wave off the waitress several times and hold on to our appetizers in order to keep our table for a 2 hr dinner. Not relaxing at all.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Barbounia is one of my go-tos! They have the best bread in the city (brought warm to your table....mmm) and the mezze is out of this world. Flatbreads also delicious and the Greek Salad is solid - always a nice fresh finish to a large selection of mezze.
Ambiance is fantastic - cozy, chic, vibrant - but can be a bit loud, so I tend to go with 1-2 friends, max; larger groups might be difficult to hear.
Already looking forward to my next visit!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Appetizers were amazing! A little salt in the Entrees would have went a long way, entrees were so so. Service was fantastic!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great service, fantastic food, beautiful place. What can I say? We had the perfect lunch here. Save room for fabulous desserts!!

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

First, I guess Open Table needs to be aware of this. We made reservations for 1/19/18 at 11:30pm for dinner after a Broadway show. I made the reservation on Friday 1/18/18 and then during the show on 1/19/18 I rec'd a call from the restaurant informing me that they don't take reservations that late even though it is an option on Open Table. Their kitchen closes at 11:30pm. I wish I had known so I would have had more time to find a dinner option for after the show.

So the next morning we decided to try it again for dinner. Two of us had been to NYC a month earlier and had brunch at Barbounia and had really enjoyed it. The place is still decorated beautifully, the food was good. The tables are super close and the noise is super loud (even more so in the evening than brunch)but that is still ok. But once our server got our food order, it felt like she was done with us. The bus boy who would clear the table of empty dishes, was attentive though. He is the one that got her back over so we could order one more drink and he was the one who told her we were ready for our check. The check was actually brought by the server for the next table but our server came and picked up our check once our card was in it to run. Just wasn't good service for the level of dining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, weird service. Took 15 minutes after we sat down when we finally asked to order a drink. Slow also with app and entree orders. Food delivery was quick then, but unusual for NYC to wait long at every stage to order food. Also, when we were first seated, maybe only 7 tables were taken, yet we were placed immediately next to another couple. Seemed odd with one corner filled and test of restaurant fairly empty. Great food though, no problems there. Just an off night for service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Love Barbounia my favourite brunch place in NYC. All staff are delightful, service and food exceptional.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food, beautiful space but very loud. Tables are close together and tight as well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Slow service, meh food, and great decor!! I've come here a few times, very long ago and I hate to say this experience doesn't make me want to come back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

awesome place. good for casual dining or for a special occasion

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Service of the entree was incredibly slow. We had to rush through the meal when we were finally served and almost missed reservations for a show later

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food, amazing service; incredible for dates!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

New York restaurants are notoriously tight on space. This was, without a doubt the most crowded, cramped experience I have had in ages. Tables so close together neither me nor the guy at the table text to me were able to sit squarely at our own tables without constantly bumping each other. Food couldn’t all be placed on the table by the staff without removing glasses and have plates overlap the edge. Too cramped to be enjoyed fully.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is always a fantastic location! The food is excellent, which is rare for a place with such a good boozy brunch deal. The waitstaff and hostesses management are also DELIGHTFUL! Can't say enough good things about this place!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was amazing! You also cant go wrong with unlimited mimosas until 4pm!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Definitely will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Server was terrible, rushing us and rolling eyes. Really ridiculous. If anyone bothered to stop by our table to ask, we would have said something. Wanted to leave zero tip but the other staff (runners and bus) were very nice and didn't want to stiff them. Main server should not be in service industry!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good food, decent drinks. Had the Manhattan which was overpriced. Food is delicious. Everything was very tasty!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

It was lovely! Would recommend to all friends.

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