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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.
New York, NY 10003
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
6 train to 23rd St or L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 to Union Square
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Barbounia Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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