Barano

4.7
313 reviews
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Seasonal Italian Restaurant featuring wood-fired dishes inspired by Chef Dimeglio's Italian Ischian roots in a casual and approachable setting, serving craft cocktails, featuring an extensive wine list and hard to find beer & wines. Located in the heart of ever growing South Williamsburg with outdoor seating accompanied by amazing views of the Bridge.

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:00PM
Mon - Fri 6:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

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New York Area
325 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As you enter the restaurant you are hit with the beautiful smell of the wood burning oven and grill. There is a nice long bar where Fred mixes some great drinks. The kitchen is open and at the back of the restaurant. Pasta dishes are a must as a main or great to share as a starter
The branzio was chard and moist. My scallops were grilled perfectly over a tasty rise and pesto mix. Wine list is off beat so engage Fred or wine manager and you won’t be disappointed
Looking forward to heading back to Barano!

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CT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A fantastic date night! Barano was one of our many stops on restaurant week. I am a little disappointed that they boost some of the prices to (+10 for lamb exc.) so they are almost normal prices. Slightly defeats the purpose of restaurant week, especially when most of the other restaurants dont break the $42 standard. That being said it was a great meal, we would return. The food was fantastic and the service was on point.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing experience. Highly suggest! Service was great as well!

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. My girlfriend and I did the restaurant week menu and were pleased with everything we had. I had the meatballs, gnocchi, and cannoli. Everything was absolutely delicious. Would 100% go back.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week.
For food I had the meatballs, gnocchi, and the connolo. The meatballs were unbelievable. The gnocchi was good but $29 off the regular menu is far too much for the sized portion you get. Connolo would have been perfect if it didn't have candied fruit in it.

I also tasted the chicken entree and the lamb entree, both were delicious.

For drinks I had an old fashioned which was made well. I tried the NY Stout they had which was awful and i'm a huge guinness drinker. Finished the meal with an espresso which was up to par.

Friendly service all around, although one of the male servers seemed nervous and unsure of himself when answering questions.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I decided to check out Barano as part of Restaurant Week. We had a reservation at 9pm and the restaurant had a decent crowd when we walked in on a Monday, with the perfect volume of chatter. We were immediately loving the atmosphere because of the decor, lighting, and 90s hip hop playing discreetly. The host was friendly and got us a comfortable table. Our server (our check says his name is Ken, but we are not 100% sure) was very knowledgeable! Helped us pick a bottle of wine and make decisions with our food, he made great recommendations.

At some point in the middle of dinner I dropped my glass of water and the support staff immediately got to it and were very polite. Throughout the entire dinner they made it a point to make sure our table was clean, uncluttered, and we had fresh silverware and dishes with each course.

The dishes we ordered from the pre fixe menu included the octopus, meatballs, cavatelli, and the osso buco, with all of them being our favorites. Capped off dinner with their cannoli which was heaven! Best cannoli we both have every had.

Overall, we are very happy we checked out Barano as our final restaurant for restaurant week during our NYC trip.

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H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! And Frank the bartender is phenomenal!

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best staff! Unbelievable food!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

More of a young couple or group night when I was in my 30s. For Family night, a bit much, guess I’m an old fogey now. Great food, great service is.

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

Food was delicious, sommelier was very knowledgeable and patient. Portions were a bit small. Not good for sharing , but overall had a great time

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a great experience! Food was amazing. Weird thing was having 4 different waiters over the course of our meal but everyone was so great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dec 31st evening

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is very cute and serves as a nice, date or “get together” spot for friends or family. Drinks were delicious and thoughtfully crafted. The bartender came over to apologize for the wait (not that long of a wait), which was, of course, appreciated.
The waitress was attentive and nice.
The only downside was the food. All of the pasta dishes seemed pretty mediocre for the price, as well as the overall feel of the restaurant (pasta seemed to be a huge portion of the menu). Things were a bit watery, a bit under salted and really underwhelming.
Beyond that, everything was wonderful. Unfortunately that will probably keep us from returning.

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AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Chef is hands on and it shows. Great meal. Have been here multiple time.

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and presentation was great. The waiter was very knowledgeable and described each plate beautifully. I will definitely comeback to try the other options

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this restaurant! So happy that it is walking distance from my apartment. It is absolutely amazing and I will always continue to come back!

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CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Enjoyed my anniversary here

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional from the service, to the meals and even the music was spot on. Will definitely be back.

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SW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really, really good wine list. Food menu was impressive as well; trendy ingredients as the forefront of authentic Italian. I had the Cavatelli and my friend had the Margherita pizza, both were great and very generous servings. It's dark and loud, but still feels intimate.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Appetizers were good. Went downhill from there. Entrees were not very good. Service was not great either for a group of 8 who like to drink. Probably could have sold more if dropped by the table a bit more.

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional brunch we’ve been here 4 times and it doesn’t disappoint every item on menu is awesome!

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GM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Great service and stafff, great vibe, great food.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's fantastic. Both the branzino and cavatelli we're the best we've ever had, anywhere. And the starter bread and smoked mozzarella we're something special. Loved every ounce of this place.

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LM
New England
57 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, wine, cocktails and service. Servers took special care to accomodate a gluten-free diner and to recognize a birthday. My only complaint is that the pasta combination being served in 3 bowls instead of a single larger one was awkward.

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MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing and accommodating. The food was delicious!!!!! Can't wait to go back.

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JM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

*Updated-12/16/18*: Have now been back several times. Food, drinks, and especially friendly/knowledgeable service are consistently excellent! You’ll love this place.

*Original Review-10/24/18*: Concise but well designed menu and wine list. We shared several dishes, each of which were excellent — the cavatelli and lamb sausage was particularly good. Service was pro, very attentive and thoughtful. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. He was also involved in the beverage program and made some great suggestions about the several amari on the list. Highly recommended, great experience!

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters and waitresses always know their menu and wines exceptionally well. The venue has great space and the tasting pasta menu is perfect to share. Worth getting here for happy hour too as the cocktails are great! Barano > Lilia for me

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RD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barano is one of our favorite places in NYC. Everything they do is amazing and inventive. Their pasta, pizza, salads, sides, brunch, wine, cocktails and beer - everything! Go - you will not regret it.

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GB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, also very interesting ingredients. Chef does a great job of playing with textures. The Lamb Osso Bucco was excellent. And the wine that they recommended was excellent. Hen of the woods was very good, the bread was a bit of a let down. The Chocolate Tart was an excellent note to end the meal on.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Modern and sofisticated restaurant with delicious pasta and good wine.

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K
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience and food. Pancakes for brunch are a must!

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c
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely delicious food - but next time we'll only order appetizers as the entrees are very small. The 'nduja pizza was excellent. Very loud place as well.

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CG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So many new and reborn places in Crooklyn, took me a while to get to Barano. Put it on your list! Sexy, young crowd. Smart, attractive surroundings in a great location with the river and bridge right outside. All of this without that smug, IRDGAF service you get from folks under 35 these days. In fact the place was as warm & friendly as it was cool. In fact, the Hostess texted me before I got there and had a martini waiting for me when I arrived. That was classy. Most importantly, the food....wonderful. Fresh, expert preparation, presented well. All of the flavors were blended right and accurate but, I particularly liked the Linguini & Clams, Spinach Fusilli, and the Roasted Chicken. The Pizzas were well done, too. Sorry it took so long to find it. But, we’ll be back.

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

My best friend and I came here to celebrate her birthday, and had a wonderful time! We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and they sat us immediately. Our server was absolutely delightful, the food and cocktails were delicious! We ordered the pasta tasting menu and absolutely recommend it. The portions were generous and the whole staff was warm and kind. We would definitely come back!

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food. Authentic. Pizza is some of the best I’ve had outside Italy. Music selection was great.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mom’s birthday

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NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here recently for my birthday and everything was perfect. Awesome service and yummy food!! Love this place. :)

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JM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concise but well designed menu and wine list. We shared several dishes, each of which were excellent — the cavatelli and lamb sausage was particularly good. Service was pro, very attentive and thoughtful. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. He was also involved in the beverage program and made some great suggestions about the several amari on the list. Highly recommended, great experience!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great as well as service. Great for a easy weeknight dinner.

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LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY. Beautiful restaurant. Great food. Kind staff. Great location

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