BAAR BAAR

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136 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
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Baar Baar, a reimagining of the Indian love affair with all things spirited. A first of its kind Indian Gastro Bar that will challenge your perception of the subcontinent.

Join us for this journey with India-inspired cocktails that pay homage to our beginnings and modern interpretation of regional Indian Cuisine crafted by Chef Sujan Sarkar.
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Casual Dining
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Contemporary Indian
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Bar
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(212) 228-1200
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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ACROSS THE BAY OF BENGAL: A THAI-INDIAN DINNER

Date & Time :
Monday, May 21, 2018
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT

Pricing:
$65 - Five Course Dinner
additional 35$ w/ drink pairing (optional)

DESCRIPTION:
Indianand Thailand sit at similar latitudes. They're tall countries, with cuisines that differ greatly from North to South. Trade routes have connected the two for millennia.
How do the cuisines compare?
Chefs Thaimee and Sarkar were born and raised I. Thailand and India, respectively, and have both cooked around the world. Today, both have restaurants in east village.

On Monday, May 21st, they'll cook together, exploring the flavors of each other's native cuisine, across five courses.

Tickets are just $65 for this special dinner.
Drink Pairings are available for an additional $35
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 136 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Highly recommended. Will be back.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

What a fabulous experience. This is what Restaurant Week is all about. I haven't been in that area in umpteen years (Bowery/East Village/ Lower East Side). But I would now go more often just for Baar Baar.
The managers and wait staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly and willing to talk to us and we learned that the chef is from West Benghal (Islamic influences--there is beef on the menu) and that he also lived and worked in France. And so things that you would not expect at an Indian restaurant appear on your plate: parmagian cheese with tandoori mushrooms; an amuse bouche of spiced mashed ingredients topped with yogurt in real pie crust. Even the raita was different and had chunks of avocado in it. We loved EVERY bite. The wine selections were decent. The place is spacious and comfortable, with different areas so that it is intimate and spacious at the same time. I can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu. Easy to get to by subway.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Really enjoyed the food!! The Lamb keema was a favorite of ours. It was a great place to have an anniversary dinner. We were offered an off menu wine that really made the meal. Comfortable yet slick atmosphere. We will go back!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

There was a huge piece of hair in our food. However the waiter was extremely apologetic and made amends for the incident. Unfortunately that put a bit of a damper on being able to enjoy the rest of the meal

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Overpriced, uninteresting Indian food. Went for Restaurant Week dinner. The tandoori mushroom upma was over salted. Stick to curry hill

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was excellent and the cocktails were both interesting and delicious. Table service was good and attentive. The only thing I can really criticize is the cleanliness of the bathrooms.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We went to Baar Baar on date night with my husband during Restaurant week. We loved it. I’m a fan of Indian cuisine and I appreciated the modern take. The portions were just enough and the food very tasty. Good wine list too. The service was great and fast. Loved the ambiance and decoration, spacious yet cozy. I highly recommend and we are already planning to go back.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

My Boyfriend and I went out to try a new spot this Friday and we were pleasantly surprised. Each dish was full of flavor and the service was spectacular. Do yourself a favor and support this amazing restaurant!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Went for restaurant week and was not disappointed! They had a great menu with different options and a friend I went with had a dietary restriction and they were extremely accommodating towards. The service was outstanding, never had an empty glass or dirty plate on the table. I have had better butter chicken, but the lamp app was excellent and the carrot cake with saffron pistachio ice cream desert I had was one of the best deserts I have had in a very long time. Overall would come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Absolutely excellent food & ambiance. Refreshing modern Indian cuisine. Most Indian cuisine in the States is traditional. Baar Baar replicates a newer hipper and more modern scene in Mumbai. The food is some of the best Indian I have had and it's very elevated. Ambiance is fun.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Really great food. Not only was it innovative but also presentable. The vegetarian dishes were spot on.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Superb food -- different and special. Great and friendly service.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Came here for Restaurant Week. We ended up waiting over an hour for the food to arrive-- a comment was made to make us think it was related to the fact that we were there just for Restaurant Week. The table runners kept looking confused like they didn't know table numbers and would walk up with food that wasn't for our table or walk away with food for our table when it wasn't properly times with the rest of our party's. The manager who came to apologize for the long wait seemed unapologetic because he only made his way over once the food actually arrived. Our waiter was nice--he seemed to feel bad for the long wait and the confusion, like it was out of his control. Food was tasty but the experience is what makes me not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Really great service

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This was our first time at Barr Baar. What a beautiful space! The small plates were great - especially the Potato Tikki. The main courses such as the Malai Tikka Mac and Cheese was notable as well. The service was poor though - we never received an item we ordered, received something else in it's place and there was no adjustment on the bill. We also received a few wrong orders and had to turn them away.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice. The high top seating feels luxurious. There were many managers walking around who were very friendly, but our server didn't come by very much. I ordered a glass of wine, which was nice, so I ordered another one. I was about 2/3 of the way through while closing out the check that I noticed something was floating around at the bottom of my drink. I don't think I noticed it earlier b/c it was stuck to the glass, but with time it had loosened, and it was gross. I couldn't even bring it up to the server b/c we had asked her about some food we had packed up (it didn't seem that all of it was packed) and she shrugged it off and said talk to the busser about it. Not a great ending to an otherwise nice evening. Food was very good, but they upcharge based on the menu that is posted online. Everything was 1-3 dollars more...which can add up on every item that you purchase. But, overall an ok experience.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Reserved a table for 8.30. showed up on time and was told our table was on desert and it would be a few minutes. 9.00 rolls around and still no table. Instead of giving us a table that may have opened up they we're waiting for our original table to become free. Walk ins were seated before my group. Only after complaining multiple times did they seat us at a different table. Food was great. Will probably go again maybe for lunch, or order takeout. Will not be back for dinner service

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great selection of alcohol. wonderful food

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Went as a group of 5. One of our guests was running late so they wouldn’t seat us until full party arrived—even though most of the tables were empty and bar was packed. Cocktails at the bar took forever, bar staff seemed overwhelmed and annoyed. Once our party was seated (at a high top by the bar, didn’t ask our preference about table by bar vs dining room) our later guest ordered a cocktail and we asked for a minute with the menu. No one came back for 15 min and that was only after we physically stopped someone walking by (eye contact didn’t work). We ordered, still was missing the cocktail. First course came out quickly and was wonderful, second course took a long time but was tasty. One waiter, William, saw how ignored we were and came over to check on us. Honestly he’s the only reason we’re giving a 3 Star. Spoke with the owner on the way out and she said the issue was that they were overbooked...Seemed more like they just haven’t trained their staff. For example while taking appetizer plates away one of the guests had a fork on their plate, the server dumped the plate while lifting so the fork would fall off and stay on the table. Again, food was good but service killed the night

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

It was my second time visiting this restaurant. My in laws came from Kolkata and they’ve been very picky about eating in the USA. Constantly complaining about lack of spices and poor quality ingredients. They absolutely loved everything!!!! Thanks for the great meal

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Incredible meal. Great service. Get there!

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Went here for restaurant week. Menu looked promising but the flavors weren’t up to par with flavors I expect from Indian food - very average flavors. Dessert was the best part of the meal. Ambiance was great. Great decor. Staff is friendly.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

There were so many options for Restaurant week and the portions were large! I like how they served the dishes family style so it was easy to share between 2 people. Every dish was very flavorful and delicious. I would definitely go there again.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Restaurant week menu was great! Service was way too slow we had a three hour dinner when we expected to have a shorter one. Food was delicious- not your typical Indian food.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Unique takes on traditional Indian. It's all packed with flavor and wonderful to share.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Modern Indian. Had their restaurant week menu and every dish is very tasty. Flavours are big and bold, yet it is the right amount of heat.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Came to Baar Baar on a Monday night. The ambiance is nice. The booths are comfortable. Tables are not too close together. And the mural in the bar area is very striking.

Typically, Mondays should be pretty easy going, but it seemed like the wait staff was overwhelmed and had extremely large sections. It was really hard to get our waiters attention. After receiving our food, he never checked on us. He seemed to be so busy that he couldn't see me trying to flag him down. The bus boys and expo crew were fabulous, and did a great job of clearing the table and tending to any needs once we brought them to their attention.

The food was sub par. Presentation was lovely, but the food and cocktails were extremely unbalanced. The Chicken 65 was probably the best thing we had. I ordered a New Delhi Sour. The cocktail glass smelled like a dirty rag. The drink presentation was beautiful, but the cocktail lacked any kind of sour mix. I thought maybe the bartender forgot it.

Overall we were underwhelmed by the restaurant. I might try going back to the bar and getting a different cocktail and a few appetizers.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Love Baar Baar! Always incredible food and service

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The first time I went to Baar Baar was amazing. The service was memorably on-point, the food was delicious, the ambiance was everything. This time, I decided to bring my out of town guests and was very disappointed.

First, I received a phone call 45 minutes before my reservation to be told I missed my reservation and whether I was still "planning to show up". Then I got an opentable email saying I "missed my reservation" even though I still had 30 minutes until my confirmation. Upon arrival, I showed the hostess my email confirmation (I was still early for my confirmation), they responded, "you'll still have to wait". It was apparently a technical glitch which is understandable but the hostess made us feel so unwelcome.

Some of the items on the menu that we wanted to order were in the process of changing for the season and thus unavailable. The food was not as good as I remembered. Some were too salty, some too bland. We ordered so much food and asked to have it wrapped up to take home and were given a dirty look. We were so disappointed that we didn't stay for dessert even though the server tried to push hard for it. The drinks were also not strong which may have helped mask the disappointment of the evening.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great food, great service. Gave it a 4, but it’s a 4.5!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food is phenomenal
Sometimes can be very noisy.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Service was great. I was a little underwhelmed with the quality of the dishes- but I came in with very high expectations. I still enjoyed my experience though.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I celebrated my birthday here with a party of 8. The food was incredible. Every course was absolute perfection. We were all Indian, and so every dish was familiar but with a slight twist. I highly recommend the Kashmiri Lamb Ribs, Lamb Keema Hyderabadi, Paneer small plate, Butter Chicken, and basically anything else on the menu. My only desire is that they gave us some kind of sparkler or special birthday song or something, given that we spent a lot of money and they knew it was my birthday. Otherwise the experience was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food and great ambiance. Will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Nice restaurant. Very comforting, tasty food and great for special occasions.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Portions were small

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I've never had Indian food that was this good! Service was amazing! We ordered a 4-5 of the small plates and had more than enough food for the 2 of us.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Second time here. Seems to have fallen off a lot. Not much of a crowd and lots of items removed from the menu. At at least 3 different points, we asked for items that weren’t available. Next time the server should just open with an explanation of what’s missing or why the menu has changed. The portions seem even smaller as well.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Hit and misses. The veg thali is a total waste. All items taste the same and bland. Only two of the appetisers were worthy and interesting. Rest of what we had was sadly quite bland and even tasting. Butter chicken for example, good texture, and cooked right, but the sauce was bland and rather uninteresting. No breadth in the palate and thus, lacking. Had to get the fermented chili sauce on the side to make things interesting. Service was attentive and good, however, secondary staff can do with some training. They kept leaning over the table to pour water in line of sight while we were conversing, rather than coming in from the side and being unobtrusive.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I was not expecting much- the space is beautiful but I figured it could be a case of style over substance. I was so wrong. The food was amazing and many interesting dishes as well as some stand bys like naan and chickpeas. The lamb ribs were definitely a stand out dish and the cocktails were memorable.
I believe it was the GM who checked in on us twice on a Saturday night. Very nice touch. Also, we noticed there were large groups of south Asians, some of whom had clearly been to Baar Baar before. The food was high quality and the vegetable dishes were seasonal.

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