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Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2011
Great brunch, great atmosphere, great sunday.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2011
The bar staff here doesn't know what to charge for drinks: one bartender didn't know what Amaretto was. And two parts Jack Daniels + one part Amaretto cost $24. Not even the most expensive bar in NYC will charge that amount for a Godfather! Avoid this place at all costs!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/13/2011
Never tried for dinner, but go there for brunch on a regular basis and love it. Food is great, they have a nice choice of eggs and Mediterranean specials, portions are good which makes it easy to share and I really enjoy the atmosphere and a pretty nice crowd
Posted by anonymous on 02/09/2011
Ordered the special - boeuf bourgignon - after a compelling pitch from the waiter on its taste and tenderness. in reality, it had neither. toughest, most overcooked meat i've ever been served. when i sent it back, which i never do, i had to justify my case multiple times to the waiter and manager, the latter claiming he was french and therefore could attest to the "quality" of the preparation, which he had apparently just eaten. thankfully, the lamb shank replacement was generously portioned, juicy, and tasty. unfortunately my girlfriend's grouper kebabs were highly over-salted and dry. thank god for the tasty octopus appetizer and good bread. bottom line - inconsistent quality for the price and overbearing, condescending staff.
Posted by Annoyed on 11/21/2010
We will never return here for brunch or any other meal - ever. We hadn't even put our forks down when they were already trying to clear our plates and rush us out. When one of us stated he wasn't finished yet - he received a death stare like none other. I ordered 1 mimosa, was never asked if I'd like another or refilled, but was charged for the bottomless mimosa deal. Then they lied about why I was charged, saying they don't serve just 1 mimosa, it's only the bottomless deal, and if I choose to only have 1 then it's still the same price. However, as we were leaving, we realized that people being served the "bottomless flute" (as per the wording on my receipt) had a smaller flute glass than what I was served my singular mimosa in.
Posted by lunch club on 04/16/2010
tasty tapas but a bit expensive. excellent barbounia burger, very juicy! service is a little slow though along with the cooking so best to pre-order esp if it is a crowded time like lunch hour. nice atmosphere although filled with lots of suits. nice staff.
Posted by Foodie on 11/08/2009
Our 1st time at Barbounia: [Note we arrived at 3p]. A few weeks ago my husband & I wanted to take mom to a nice, yet not overwhelmingly expensive brunch. We ended up at Barbounia and were not disappointed. The food and service were top notch. Our waiter was french speaking (I didn't get his name), but he was attentive & helpful. My husband had the $12 cocktail special (very good deal). Our meals included: the croque madame, aparagus pizza, sabich (eggplant). All very tasty. We had such a pleasant experience, that we decided to go back the following week to celebrate my birthday (again brunch). This time we arrived a bit earlier (1:30p) and we quickly realized it was too crowded. We stayed, were seated in the front of the restaurant. We could immediately discern that our waiter wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed (spilling water on our table, slow response time); however, the worst part was that at one point he was standing at the door entrance, talking to the hostess. Ironically, at that same moment I turned and saw him remove a finger (from his right hand) from his mouth. I mentioned this to my husband (who had already seen the incident). Needless to say, we were disgusted. My husband wanted to leave immediately. I felt that our brunch had already been ruined, but want to try to salvage our celebratory afternoon. The maitre d' (Salim) approached our table and was very gracious once we explained the situation. Apparently, he had either noticed the incident or had been informed by another patron. Salim personally brought a basket of mini croissants/breads, asked how he could rectify the situation (I asked for a bellini) and provided a different waiter, Mathew. While our 2nd experience at Barbounia was strikingly different (negatively so) from our first, I give kudos to Salim for his professionalism and graciousness.