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Posted by Anonymous on 03/09/2008
I have been to Barbounia many times, and I have to say I am very surprised at some of the negative reviews it has received on this site. It is such a pleasant atmosphere... even the bathrooms are awesome! I think the food is delicious. The bread is some of the best you can find. I usually order the hummus which is good - nothing amazing but good. The greek salad is great, as is the lamb souvlaki (so juicy and flavorful!!). The whole fish is simply grilled and fileted (if you ask) and is served with a very tasty light sauce on the side. The gigante beans as a side dish are outstanding - I get them every time I go. Finally, the dessert menu has been recently upgraded to include more global selections - not just Greek. The service really depends on who is waiting on you. I love Hector. The only con about this place is that it can be very loud. Perfect place for a date but not for a large party.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2008
I agree with NYCFOODIE, you people don't know a great thing when you taste it! The food is bold and flavorful. The whole grilled fish is delish and healthy. Besides the food, the place is beautiful and so are the people. Great drinks & happy hour. Try the communal table with a bunch of friends. This place is a real gem, don't miss out!
Posted by NYCFoodie on 01/19/2008
What's with all the negatvie reviews? This place has a great atmosphere, delicious food and great service! I had a fabulous time with my girlfriends and we'll definitely go back!
Posted by NYTim on 11/16/2007
Lately my wife and I had eaten at Barbounia a number of times, as we just "discovered" it around the corner from our yoga studio and we get out around dinner time. We've always had such positive experiences: great food, attentive and super-friendly service, welcoming hosts, congenial atmosphere. We had a female server, I think last Thursday, Nov. 1 who was so great. When we went in this Friday, it was a different story and we were very disappointed. We ordered falafel. When it didn't come with tzatziki, as the menu indicated, we asked the server for the tzatziki. Actually, it wasn't our server, as we couldn't get his attention. The server said that it was a typo on the menu menu and that if we wanted tzatziki, we would have to order it and pay extra. We finally persuaded him that we were entitled to get what we ordered from the menu, but it was very uncomfortable to be in that position. Then the same happened with the skewers: tzatziki on the menu, no tzatziki on the plate. Plus, I must say the marinated beef which was so scrumptious and juicy the week before, was overcooked and dry this time. The molten chocolate cake saved the day. I had noticed managers walking around in the past, and it seems like a place where they were concerned about maintaining quality, Apparantly not. When I wrote to them with my complaints they did not respond. My advice --avoid this place.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/08/2007
We have been to Barbounia several times and each time at least one of the dishes has been very good, so we go back and continue to try it. We went back this past Saturday night and we still think the spreads are very good; however my husband had the Souvlaki and he thought it wasn't good. Other times we have ordered the iron skillet shrimp. The shrimp is undercooked and very salty. They tend to salt everything, so if you are conscience about your sodium intake I suggest you emphasize no salt. You can also ask for the flat bread without the flavorings on the top which is very salty too. The restaurant itself is lovely and quite the hot spot.. The wine pours are very stingy. We did not have dessert this last time, but we have had dessert in the past and the desserts are really very good.. Worth a try.. enjoy.
Posted by Gouged on 10/02/2007
Remember the food they used to serve all those years ago in high school? Do you miss it? If so, go to Barbounia, They will give you the cold, soggy, bland food the likes of which can only otherwise be found in public schools and prisons. But, this trip down memory lane isn't cheap though. They will charge you an arm and a leg. It is totally understandable though. Someone must have went through a lot of effort to make their dishes turn out so bad.
Posted by Greek food fan on 09/14/2007
My husband and I love Greek food, so we were very enthusiastic to try this restaurant. The atmosphere is really nice and the wine list is very extensive. The food on the the other hand, was so-so. "Gourmet" Greek food just doesn't work! The portions were tiny, and tasted very average.