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Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2005
Do not let the velvet rope decieve you, this place is not what the reviews make it out to be. The service was poor- we waited 15 minutes for WATER. The food mediocre and overpriced. The only thing decent are the tagines. The atmosphere is nice at first but superficial.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2005
I think I counted 38 seats, it's a small cozy place. My seared tuna was excellent, it was made just how I like it, and one of my companions who ordered it too, wanted it a little more well done, and hers was done just how she'd asked too. Also, try the mint moroccan hot tea, it comes in the little glasses and tastes delicious. The staff was very friendly, I look forward to going back.
Posted by Samantha on 07/22/2005
Barbes has a compelling atmosphere and decor, cozy yet exciting even on a sweltering evening. The green salad with vinaigrette I started with was subtle and the freshest it could be. The vegetarian couscous was light on the palette, although probably not the best choice here. My companions enjoyed their tuna and salmon far more. And the traditional Moroccan dessert was fantastic - a cross between a baklava and a crepe. For me, the best part of dining here was the birthday celebrations at neighboring tables. Instead of the ole standard, the waiters dimmed the lights, brought out candles, and turned up a Moroccan "Happy Birthday Song", which is far, far cooler than the US version. The whole room, a few curmudgeons excluded, was caught up in the well-wishing. One fellow sang along. After a decent interval, the dining area went back to normal. But it energized and relaxed us all. As for tipping, the last reviewer, author of "Gratitude" obviously isn't familiar with our ways in NYC. She should read her Fodors. With the paltry wage and lack of benefits that waiters receive, tipping here is near to mandatory, and 10% is stingy for any NYC restaurant. A 20% tip is what the nice wait staff deserved, and what they got.
Posted by Zeena on 07/18/2005
The food was wonderful. However, there was a small nitch that dampened our mood when it came to the bill. All the waiters (2-3) were attentive, my companions and I gave a little over 10% of the charge in gratitude as we thought it was totally unnecessary to be served by three people on a slow Sunday evening. What really alarmed us was when the waiter proposed that if we loved the service so much, a decent gratitude would be 18-20% of the bill! I know waiters do not earn much but my understanding is that gratitude is not mandatory in NYC, but rather a mutual understanding between the parties for courteously rendered services. We got the impression that waiter was terribly upset and in return we were completely turned off -- there goes inviting our other friends... what a shame on the loss for Barbes!
Posted by Rebs on 06/19/2005
We went with a party of 7. Most people really liked their meals. A couple people thought their meals were just so-so. Don't order soft drinks. They charge $4 for a mini coke. Atmosphere was very nice.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2005
It was such a surprise to come across Barbes and see what a great little restaurant this is. Great atmosphere, amazing food and friendly service. Just a relaxing, romantic place to go with a date for interesting drinks and creative food. Love this place and will be back often.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2005
I went with two coworkers and we split three varieties of brochettes: chicken, merguez, and vegetable. All were delicious and very well-cooked (juicy meat and crisp vegetables). The sauces complimented each dish perfectly. The entire staff was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was great--lots of natural lights and tasteful decorations. We all said we can't wait to go back for dinner.