Barbuto

4.7
1343 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Barbuto is a casual Italian Eatery in the West Village featuring the seasonal green market cuisine of Chef Jonathan Waxman. We accept reservations for parties of three or more and all parties of two are accommodated on a walk-in basis.

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The Infatuation
8.5

Barbuto has been a West Village staple for a long time. Hit it for the pasta, the roast chicken, and the scene of single people hanging at the bar.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cool space, friendly vibe, attentive staff, nice range of menu items, and really good coffee!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Waxman’s famous chicken—overdone, nothing special
Steak—good but laughably small portion
fish—truly outstanding

ambiance—it’s a great room in a great neighborhood with a creative, well to do crowd. buzzy and fun.

service—a deal breaker. long wait for initial contact, didn’t seem that they knew who had our table. even then, inattentive, distracted, disinterested even. waiter nowhere to be found for long periods of time in a restaurant where you can see to all four corners.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience! We tried the JW Family Dinner, the chefs selection of exceptional choices from the menu, including the rightfully popular Kale salad and roast chicken. Both were exceptionally delicious. No one left hungry, everyone can’t wait to visit again!

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TV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our experience was very positive. We came to Barbuto with high expectations and were not disappointed. On arrival we felt welcome. The service from start to finish was professional and efficient. We ordered the swordfish with pumpkin squash and smoked cabbage, the roast chicken, and finished with cranberry and lemon sorbet. The roast chicken, a very large half chicken was succulent, smothered in salsa verde, which gave the meat a lovely moistness. You could smell the smokiness of the cabbage when the swordfish came to the table. It was perfectly cooked. The sorbet was definitely a palate pleaser. The cranberry was creamery and the lemon was perfectly tart. A great combo. We’ll be back when we’re next in town. Thank you, Barbuto!

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PT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner, lovely atmosphere, great service, very fun spot.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a healthy and delicious New Year’s Day lunch. Lots of choices, excellent service, and we feel we are off to a great start in the New Year. The chicken was superb!

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Barbuto over 20 times. Consistently the best Italian restaurant in the West Village - buzzy without being pretentious, great service without being fussy. Especially nice in the spring and fall with the walls flung open. The food is always fantastic. Thanks for being our neighborhood favorite, Chef Waxman!

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MH
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We spent New Year’s Eve with our teenage daughters at Barbuto. Kale salad was the best we’ve ever had, pasta bolognese fantastic (teens liked it too) and gnocchi and steak very good. Highly recommend Barbuto.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

NYE at the chefs table

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overstated. We liked the interior design, ex garage transformed to an open kitchen restaurant. Food: kale salad and pizza tartuffo were nice, but famous chicken and carbonara were indifferent. The duck sandwich was bad - too much bread, too little duck

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch spot near the Whitney Museum. The ambiance is very bright and modern. The restaurant used to be an old garage so the windows are huge. The service was very friendly and attentive. Our group shared several appetizers, entrees and desserts. Our favorites were the roasted chicken (a house specialty), gnocchi, pizza and steak salad. The best dessert was the chocolate pudding - it's a creamy chocolate mousse topped with a large dollop of whipped cream - yummy!
I would definitely recommend Barbuto and return again.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS TOP TIER AND EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY!!!!!

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely family dinner, everything was just right, from the friendly staff, to the delicious wine and marvelous food. Can’t wait to go back!

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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JG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another incredible meal at Barbuto. We were 6 people and lucky enough to score the private area! What a treat. We decided to do the $95 pp tasting menu. It was really more of a family style meal. So much food!! We had an antipasto plate, calamari salad, kale salad, 2 pastas (gnocchi and papardelle), the House special chicken, steak with sprouts, a fish dish, veggies and the marvelous potatoes, and tiramisu for dessert. Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. I LOVE Barbuto!!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazingly well prepared food

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e
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbuto was everything I hoped it would be—a wonderful, warm vibe, and the best carbonara I have ever had (perfectly cooked pasta, very peppery, with perfectly cooked pancetta). The kale salad (and the Brussels sprouts salad my friend got) we're both incredible, as well as the pear crostata. I will absolutely be back.

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RB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It didn’t meet our expectations. Good,but not great.

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SP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best restaurant in NYC - everything on the menu is prepared with the best ingredients, seasonally changing - be sure to have the Kale Salad, the Roast Chicken, the Gnocchi, the crispy potatoes, the budino. Service is excellent and the namesake owner, Jonathan, is actually still in the restaurant after all these years!

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f
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent from start to finish. Food was outstanding, as was service.

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k
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the famous Waxman roasted chicken and it was absolutely the best roast chicken!! So succulent and flavorful, there was nothing plain about it! Not being a fan of kale, I was reluctant to try the Kale salad but our waiter gave it his personal thumbs up so we tried it and it was really delicious -- salty, sweet, lemony and tiny little crunchies -- so good!! The Carbonara buccatini was sublime as well as the pan-toasted butternut squash gnocchi. We really had a wonderful meal and a great time here. Wholeheartedly recommend and will definitely back it back here soon!

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DM
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that chicken!!!

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s
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, creative food and wonderful, warm and friendly service. Highly recommend!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Great lunch!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Paid $95pp for the Thanksgiving menu, the worst meal of my life. Everything was just badly seasoned, poor taste, overcooked or overly fried. The pasta was unsalty and basic and desert tasted like it was made out of apple syrup. Ohhh the Turkey, like it was spoiled, awful. Just a waste of money and a huge disappointment.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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NH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant! Shared kale salad and bruschetta to start. Then the gnocchi, hangar steak and bugatini carbonara. Everything was delicious!

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G
Salt Lake City
74 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, maybe New York's best, roast chicken. A simple but delightful menu, more than adequate wines by the glass. A great lunch after a hellish morning of meetings. Go out of you way and you won't be disappointed.

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e
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful lingering lunch at Barbuto. Our server could not have been friendlier and accommodating as a friend and I who had not seen each other in ages lingered long after the typical lunch hour with a cheese plate and one more glass of wine. Our lunch was outstanding.

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RJ
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday night dinner with the kids. Great food and always love the atmosphere. Restaurant is around the corner from our house so always a good place for family or sometimes just for a date night without the kids it’s just as elegant for that.

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. The Kale salad is amazing. Roasted chicken is incredible- takes a while- so be patient- but worth the wait

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1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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g
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

our party really enjoyed the food at barbuto, as well as the open, lively space. pastas were outstanding, and the chicken nearly lived up to its well-known reputation. service was spotty.

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VT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating was especially nice for lunch although tables are a bit wobbly (staff fixed it though). Chicken and carbonara were outstanding.

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1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quintessential New York City date spot. You can’t beat it!

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently fantastic! The menu offerings and food is always amazing. Love that there are seasonal changes and variations to the standbys like the hanger steak and gnocchi. Great wine list and drink menu. Atmosphere is upbeat and located within a cozy west village neighborhood location.

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were both great as always! I look forward to next time!

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n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful ambiance. This is not only a Top Chef Restaurant but it is a genuine West Village Restaurant and that is rare these days. If you have a special event the chefs table is fantastic. Done that for several birthdays and it’s always delicious!

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was indeed good, but environment/atmosphere was more causal and louder than expected. It was definitely a great Italian restaurant, but it’s not necessarily one that I am dying to return to.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The was quite a bit of a lag between appetizers and dinner. The staff was nice and gave us two desserts for 5 people. This was all good since reps from the James beard foundation were with us

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