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Posted by TW on 03/06/2012
Negative commentary first: my husband and I were unable to book, as it was just the two of us for dinner. It was understandably a first come, first serve kind of place. We walked in on a busy Friday night, there were no tables available and we were told to wait at the bar, amusingly enough, there was no room at the bar either, to order or to stand and you feel like your in a busy subway as there are always people buzzing past. We informed the staff we would be back in the 20 minutes they said we would need to wait. 20 mins later we were back at the door and were told 'if only we had waited at their bar, we would have gotten a seat', but they had already given our table away. Suffice to say, if they tell you to wait at their bar, do so or you will have to wait an extra 20 - 30 minutes for a table. The much raved about Barbuto's: Pollo al forno did not disappoint. The chicken was tender and juicy with a crisp skin and a substantial serving, plus the food came out relatively quick. The sides were large enough to share, the pasta was delicious and overall other than having to wait 40 mins for a table, it was a great experience for my taste buds. I will happily go back for dinner and this time, I wait at the bar!
Posted by lkcarp on 02/10/2011
I planned a 40th birthday party at Barbuto and they did not disappoint. The food was plentiful and amazing, and my crowd of 10 came with a hearty appetite. We had two vegetarians in the group and they made accomodations for them. The bruschetta with chicken liver, port and raisins was amazing. as was the salad with fresh greens, endive, wax beans and tuna. I am generally not a fan of gnocchi but the gnocchi here was an experience I will never forget and one I hope to have again very soon. They were delicate pillows of goodness, soft and buttery and sauced to perfection. We also had the special that night, a braised pork rib dish in tomato sauce that was divine. I also have to rave about Mr. Waxman's roast chicken. After watching him on Top Chef Masters I wondered, how can roast chicken be that good......I don't know his secret but I can't eat roast chicken anywhere else. It was moist, tender and crispy with the right amount of seasoning. I thought the service was a little slow at first but Mr. Wazman came and chatted with our table and summoned his chefs to get the appetizers out pronto. He moved the line and expedited our meal. We felt honored to be in his kitchen. It was a memorable night for all.
Posted by Hoke is No Joke on 01/23/2011
We wanted to like Barbuto but unfortunately didn't. Almost all the dishes -- JW Chicken, Brussels, Potatoes-- were overly salted (and we love heavy seasoning). We don't doubt that JW roasts a wonderful chicken, but his staff didn't execute his vision. The gnocchi was too soft. Our server was a nonentity. So we carry on.
Posted by Sutton6 on 08/17/2010
Went with a date as opposed to a friend this time around, and the service was a million times better. ANYHOW... what to order... bruschetta, insalata tonno, salciccia, and the agnello ai ferri. The skirt steak and pork is subpar, and the cheeses are fabulous.
Posted by Michael on 07/15/2010
I've dined here twice. Was the first experience a fluke? No way! A great restaurant. The roast chicken, gnocchi, hanger steak were all exceptional. I don't get some of the mediocre reviews. It's great! Get the Chefs table if you can.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/08/2010
Food was just OK, but nothing special. Famous JW chicken had over salted crust. Place is too noisy.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/01/2010
My husband and I were pretty impressed with our dinner last night. We had a late table, so we were not rushed at all, and we liked the laid back but attentive waitstaff as well as the semi-al fresco space. We shared the rigatoni to start - delicious, though it could have used some black pepper, and none was offered. Then we shared the roast chicken plus a side of potatoes and greens. The chicken is a lot of food - definitely enough to share with a side. My husband is pretty picky, and he was impressed with everything - the chicken was roasted perfectly and the "salsa verde" (more of a chimichurri) was tasty and made for an interesting accompaniment. The potatoes are simple but really good. We would definitely go back.