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About Barley and Grain

HAPPY HOUR - 4pm-7pm
Food and Drink Specials

Barley & Grain (B&G) is a Mediterranean Bistro with a large selection of wine, whiskey and craft beer. B&G proudly serves over 150 whiskey varieties, Mediterranean comfort food, unique domestic and imported craft beers and savory craft cocktails. Inspired by our extensive bar selection, our Chef aims to weave in beer, whiskey and wine influences including the use of grains, bourbon, various spirits, and stout beers in our glazes. We offer Mediterranean mezze tapas designed for sharing as well as salads, seafood, and home smoked meats. With passionate mixologists behind the bar and a sommeiller on the floor, cozy atmosphere and food that sooths, B&G is a great choice for an intimate dinner or a big jolly gathering with old and new friends.

421 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Burgers, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday 4 - 11
Thursday and Friday Noon - Midnight
Saturday 10:00 am - Midnight
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
W. 80th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 360-3231

Website:
http://www.barleyandgrain.com/

Catering:
Catering available for on premises events

Public Transit:
1 Train at 79 st and Broadway
2 or 3 Train at 72nd st and Broadway
B or C Train at 81 st Museum of Natural History

M79, M7, M11, M104 Buses

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday Night Whiskey Tastings

Barley and Grain Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.6

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
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Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Cozy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

So I made a reservation for 2 on Wednesday 1/10 for a first date. I even called to confirm that 8:30 wouldn’t be too busy so we could talk and not have to yell. When I arrive to the restaurant...it was complete closed. All the lights were off and the door was locked. There was no signage saying that they were going to be closed early. It was incredibly embarrassing showing up for a first date and the restaurant was closed. We found somewhere else to eat but would’ve at least expected a call or an email saying they would be closed...sadly won’t be going back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This place is clearly going down hill. Food it cheap and cheap tasting. I bet they are not going to last much longer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Every good restaurant has an off-night. We've had a dozen meals at Barley and Grain and finally had a bad one. The Sazeracs were unduly acid (I doubt that they used the usual rye.) and the martinis didn't have the elderflower garnish. The guacamole was incredibly spicy and the steakbits, usually great, were tough and chewy. The waiter never realized that he spilled my sister's salad's dressing on me. The hamburger meat was unusually fatty. I think this was just an off-night and we'll be back soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I met an old friend for a long and leisurely lunch on a Thursday afternoon. The food was great. A burger for my friend and a chicken club pita for me. But each was prepared with care and skill. They were each a real meal and an excellent meal.

Service was wonderful. Espresso was great. The bar is superior. It's a real neighborhood gem.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We showed up at 7:30 on a Wednesday and they were basically out of food. They have a limited menu to begin with and out of 4 main course they were out of 2 ( both fish options) ! The big items on the menu include burgers and salmon burgers. They were out of the salmon burgers! We ended up leaving because not everyone in our party could find something to eat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Sometimes you're just in the mood for a great burger and a stiff drink. We went to B&G around 6:30 PM, still during their happy hour. Drinks were two for one. Appetizers were half price. Their guacamole was spectacular. I can't wait to have it again. The drinks, Manhattans for me, martinis for my spouse, were expertly crafted. We weren't in the mood for fries so we were given a wonderful Israeli salad instead. The burgers were great. Total bill was under $100. Service is excellent.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Barley and Grain has become my favorite place for lunch with friends, drinks with friends, dinner with friends and family, etc. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. When they make recommendations, take them! The food is freshly prepared, interesting, and tasty. The middle eastern dishes are super, the lamb chops are great, ad they have the best burgers in the neighborhood. The bar is great. So are the tastings. I walked in one evening and kept on going back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The concept is good but it falls short of competing with other Mediterranean venues. The menu is pretty limited. Only appetizers for vegetarians. Chick under a brick wasn't that at all but flattened and deep-fried.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Two old friends were in town for some meetings and we suggested that the four of us get together for Sunday brunch at Barley and Grain. We all had omelets (four different kinds) and we all loved them. One loved his mimosas. I found mine to be undrinkable -- but I don't particularly like mimosas -- so he drank most of mine as well. Two loved their coffee. The decaf was pretty bad and I don't understand why they can't make a decaf cappuccino. All in all, we had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Live around the corner for many years and still haven't eaten here. But, had vrunch there on Fathers Day and had a 5 star experience. Food incredible and service impeccable. Will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We've become regulars at Barley and Grain in just a few weeks' time. We've had two or three dinners, two lunches, and one brunch. The kitchen and service are consistently excellent. The cocktails are great and so are the wines and straight spirits. Service is wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We went on a Tuesday night, the night of their weekly spirit tastings and discovered Teeling's, a wonderful Irish whiskey. For $35 apiece, we got tastings of four different whiskeys, an informative discussion, and two appetizers apiece. We then ordered a main course dinner and a dessert. Everything was wonderful. Their kitchen is first-rate and imaginative. We've been back a few times since then -- brunch, two lunches, and another dinner and we've done vey well each time. The mixologists are excellent and the servers are great. One piece of advice: When your server recommends something, order it. There are daily specials which are quite good. The menu changes a bit from time to time, which also is for the better. The place is very friendly, the food is very good, the bar is great, and the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We went to a Tuesday Tasting and discovered Redemption Rye and Bourbon. Two drinks and two appetizers came in at $30, a real bargain. I was allergic to two of the three available appetizers and I got the fried chickpea, which was not very good My guests got the shrimp hushpuppies, which they loved. Similarly, they got the specials -- a seafood ravioli and a chicken dish about which my guests were enthusiastic. I ordered steak and fries from the menu and they weren't very good but the green salad was great. On my previous visit, I had the steak special and loved it. The moral of this is to order one of the specials if you stay for dinner and to order your appetizers off the menu. You will spend a little more but the food is much better. The bartender mixes a great Manhattan and a great martini. The service is wonderful. I'm going again next week.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Cozy, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I went to Barley and Grain for their whiskey selection and I was not disappointed. I went through half of their whiskey fleet menu and had cheese cake and chocolate mousse (both amazing). I got to sample whiskeys from around the world and learned a lot about what I like and don't like. Turns out I'm not into double rye bourbon and Japanese whiskey is AMAZING.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Authentic, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

This was my first trip to Barley and Grain but I expect to return many times. I met a professional colleague for drinks and conversation at 5 PM and then met two family members for drinks and dinner at 6 PM. Honestly, I didn't expect the drinks to be as good as they were -- a wonderful collection, some imaginative combinations, a smart and skilled mixologist, and reasonable prices. More surprising, dinner was wonderful. The dishes were prepared with care and the ingredients were first rate. Desserts were great too. Service was warm, friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. We left around 7:30 PM and the place was beginning to fill up. While we were there, it was quiet enough to have a good conversation. I've walked by the place later in the evening and it was pretty full but it's never seemed noisy. Go there for good food and drink, good company, and a fairly sophisticated crowd of people who appreciate good food, good drink, and good conversation at reasonable prices. I'm going back tomorrow with my nephew and his wife.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on May 12, 2017

We cannot review Barley and Grain because unfortunately we got a call from the restaurant at 4:15 on Friday cancelling our 6:30 reservation for that night. The restaurant was closed for a private event. When we checked Open Table for other options for our dinner that evening Open Table still showed reservations available at Barley and Grain. Not sure who is responsible for the mix up. Did Barley and Grain fail to notify Open Table or did Open Table neglect to update their system to remove all reservations at Barley and Grain for that night? Either way, we were disappointed and wished we known sooner that we needed to make other plans for dinner.
Please note, we cannot submit this review without rating our experience so we gave one star for all as "not applicable" is not a rating option. We hope to actually eat at Barley and Grain in the future :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Decent brunch but coffee was cold. Took 3 successive cups before owner/supervisor walked by and offered a new pot. Balance of food and service was quite good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

First timers. Always wanted to check it out, and we re glad we did. Easy, good, nice people. Enjoyed our meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants for weekend brunch. Fresh and healthy choices. Nice strong coffee.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

It's very strange to go to a restaurant that's only 10% full and all of then sudden have the barmaid turn up the volume on the speakers so that you can no longer hear yourself think or your friends talk. This is a mild-mannered, crunchy upper west side restaurant, not a disco. Had to ask the waiter at least three times to ask her to turn it down. She would do it but then kept turning it back up. That's what I would call "who cares what the customers think."

I liked the food and the single malt Scotch list is truly impressive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

We had a lovely time catching up with family. It was relaxed and delicious!

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