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  • American (New), Southwestern
  • 152 W 52nd St, New York NY10019 40.76178 -73.9810288
  • (Btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
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  • (212) 265-9700
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User Ratings (Based on 129 reviews)

3.515
Food 3.6 Value 2.9
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 265-9700
Website:
www.baramericain.com
Notes:
Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:45am-2:30pm Dinner Sun-Mon: 5pm-10pm Tue-Thu: 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, People Watching, Pre/Post Theater, Raw Bar, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by ehrenseim on 10/26/2006

    Blah

    OK place, not great by any means. Food was overpriced, we didn't like the small menu (not that much to choose from). I think we came in with high expectations, and they were shot down. Service was mediocre at Bar Americain.

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2006

    Cool opportunity missed

    The food is not nearly as good enough as it should be for a Bobby Flay spot - when I last dined there he was in the kitchen which did not seem to help. Additonally, we brought my 4-yr-old and asked the kitchen to steam green beans (which were on the menu) for her and they said they couldnt. I had just dinner at another restaurant that was happy to steam vegetables for my daughter and present them in a way that thrilled her. This has been the case at many other fine dining great spots where we have dined as a family over the past few years. Shame on Bobby Flay.

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2006

    Good Time!

    I had a great time here last Friday night - got really lucky and met Bobby Flay himself! :) I had the onion soup and oysters and tasted what my friends got. Also had a really yummy apricot drink from the bar - I will definitely be coming back!

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2006

    Good atmosphere, otherwise average

    The place certainly has a buzz about it - busy on a Tuesday night, and good appearances. The service was OK - not rushed or constantly in your face, but not so slow that you felt ignored. I started with Asparagus salad, which was bland. Also far too large - it isn't supposed to fill you up but whet your appetite. My companions had the onion soup and tuna tartare, which also fit into the 'OK' category. Main course Red Snapper was pretty good - flavors more prevalent and a decent portion, not too large. Companions had the special Soft Shell Crab which went down well. Wine was good and reasonably priced, though did not test the knowledge of the waiter. We skipped dessert due to jet lag from the rest of the party. Would I go back? Probably not. Nothing to complain about, but this is NYC - a million places to choose from, so why go back to somewhere relatively expensive that is just OK?

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2006

    Good n' Bad

    Once it got rolling the service was on point, but for the first 15 minutes, it was completely non-existent. For any table, much less a table of 9, this was unacceptable: no bread, no drinks, no water, no nothin’. The salads are definitely the way to go, the rest of the appetizers are all presentation (which is lovely, by the way), but fall short where they count. The sides were poor except the bleu cheese chips, which were out of this world. The entrées are, to say the least, superb. The strip steak was one of the best I've ever had, flavored and cooked perfectly. Not one person had anything short of rave reviews for what they ordered. The blackberry soufflé was the best dessert I've ever had, bar none.

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/10/2006

    A disappointment.

    I went to Bar Americain on a Saturday afternoon on the high recommendation of a friend who'd gone a week before and raved. Appetizers were bland. The NY Strip was disappointing -- over cooked and overly seasoned. Service was perfunctory and a bit inattentive, to say the least. And when the bill came, I felt the price was not justified. I don't mind paying high prices for great food and great service, but this meal offered neither. I left wondering what all the hype was about.

  • Bar Americain

    Posted by WorldEater on 06/25/2006

    Three strikes and he's out

    After subpar experiences at Mesa Girl and Bolo, I reluctantly went to Bar Americain on a recommendation from a friend. Not surprisingly, the same subpar Flay experience I had at his other two restaurants happened at Bar Americain. First off, even though we had reservations, we still waited an additional 30 minutes. Not terrible, but the attitude from the hostess was ridiculous. The waiter had a ridiculous attitude as well. Rolling his eyes at us while we were taking our time to order. Then, it took 45 minutes for the food to even come out. Terrible service can sometimes be forgiven if the food is outstanding. However, we are talking about Bobby Flay here - the king of overspicing ingredients to mask the true flavor of the food. Case in point - the ribeye that I ordered was dry (even though I asked for Medium rare) and tasted burnt. Instead of tasting a juicy, meaty steak, I tasted burned spices - not a palatable flavor. Other dishes had by my friends were above average, but not great by any means. No matter how subpar his dishes are, he will always have a cult following and his restaurants will always be packed. However, I will never go to one of his places ever again.

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