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Posted by shanshan on 01/19/2009
Tangine was cooked ok, quality of ingredients was there. But overlal was not representative of what the classic chicken tangine should be. I've been to morocco. So far I've gone to Tangine Tasting Gallery and Barbes and tried Tangines... Tasting Gallery did a much much better job recreating the tangine: better fall-off-the-bone chicken, more integration of the vegetable ingredients. The goal of a chicken tangine is to get the lemon/olives to infuse the chicken stew etc.. Barbes didn't do that at all. Also thought the hummus felt flat as well. Over all restaurant is nice.. well decorated and service was charming. But food needs to be stepped up. Mediocore ethnic won't stand a recession, especially in not-awesome location.
Posted by unhappy on 06/23/2008
Very disappointing wouldn't recommend.
Posted by Conangib on 05/24/2008
. . . Went for lunch and was slow but the food was good and a varied menu. And generous portions. Doesn't look like much from the outside but well decorated inside . . . lot of tables and could get noisy with a lot of people in there. Again a good place but not a great place in New York but in that area was a reasonable choice.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/20/2008
After walking past Barbes for many years on my way to the Gingerman, I finally made it in for dinner with my girl. I must say the food (especially the eggplant appetizer and the couscous) was delicious, however the service left my scratching my head. Our waitress was not very attentive and the entire staff appeared to be more interested in flirting with each other rather than taking care of customers. Very odd. Yet, I am willing to give Barbes another shot because I really did enjoy the food. Plus, my girl thought their "Perfect Margherita" was the best she's ever had.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/14/2008
Just because a restaurant gets a bad review doesn't automatically mean the reviewer is a shill. We live in the neighborhood an area which, unfortunately, has very few restaurants. We eagerly look forward to finding good ones. Our experience was exactly as described in the review. Perhaps we came on a bad night but because of the noise, we're not going back. The restaurant was full & the people and staff (probably because it was the only way they could be heard) were extremely loud. The restaurant is very pretty and looked charming so we had looked forward to a pleasant evening it wasn't. Oh, and by the way it's overpriced.
Posted by STEVE on 11/08/2007
The review below must be a shill from a competitor. I eat there with clients 2-3 times a week and it's never noisy. If anything, I would call it tranquil! The food, service and atmosphere is most pleasant and as a foodie, I really do know what i'm talking about. My business dinners (Barbes is my lunch spot) are usually Daniel, Jean Jeorges or Del Frisco and my personal go to for birthdays and anniversary is the River Cafe. Just go....you'll agree with me.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2007
I can't even recall the food thanks to a noise level that exceeds that of most construction sites. My friends and I frequently eat out . We look for restaurants where we can enjoy good food and talk. If that's what you're looking for, forget about Barbes. We went there because it's small & pretty and because we like to patronize our neighborhood restaurants. My voice still hasn't recovered from trying to be heard by the person sitting 2 feet away. The relative "quiet" of Madison Ave. was a pleasure after the earsplitting noise of this place. We will never return.