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  • Mediterranean, Cocktails
  • 250 Park Ave S, New York NY10003 40.7383378 -73.987795
  • (At 20th St)
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  • (212) 995-0242
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User Ratings (Based on 65 reviews)

3.385
Food 3.6 Value 2.8
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 995-0242
Website:
www.barbounia.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 3pm-7pm
Hours:
Mon-Wed: 11:30am-4pm+5pm-11pm Thu-Fri: 11:30am-4pm+5pm-12am Sat: 11am-4pm+5pm-12am Sun: 11am-4pm+5pm-10:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Happy Hour, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Barbounia

    Posted by anonymous on 02/09/2011

    Inconsistent food, poor service

    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.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by Annoyed on 11/21/2010

    Worst Service Ever - Bar None

    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.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by lunch club on 04/16/2010

    awesome burgers

    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.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by Foodie on 11/08/2009

    2nd visit: Ill-mannered waiter, FAB maitre d'

    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.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by anonymous on 10/21/2009

    Great for Brunch

    i almost didn't want to post this b/c i don't want it to get too crowded but all of the negative reviews shocked me! this is one of my favorite brunch places in the city! the ambiance is amazing (i love the bathroom, how many times can you say that about a restaurant?!) and the food is always fresh and good quality. AND they have the best champagne cocktail deal! unlimited champagne cocktails for an additional $14. they refill drinks super fast and you can change the kind of drink you get. it's a fave spot for me and my friends. and i have never waited more than 10 mins for a table- if you do have to wait they let you start the champagne special at the bar in the meantime. very generous.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2009

    Not worth the $

    Decided to try this place again after the chef changed, and still a dissapointment. Appetizers were the octopus which came on a yogurt sauce (no idea why) and was way too salty and the chopped salad (again a huge amount of yogurt plopped on top). Main courses were the Branzino which was ok and the lamb chops which were fair at best. Desserts were the rice pudding and the sorbet and both were good. Make sure to check your bill as they calculated wrong. Service was good, but I will not return here for more than a drink at the bar.

  • Barbounia

    Posted by food hotie on 08/08/2009

    Do not go...

    We recently ate at Barbounia; we were a party of 10. While waiting a long time for our meal, we asked for extra bread. When our bill came they charged us for the extra bread. I have never been charged for ANY bread and this place did so. Stay away; the food is simply not that great for the extra charge.

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