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Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2006
Dined there this past Saturday. Noise level was atrocious. The menu had very few choices. My wife, daughter and I each had the arugula salad. It was overly salty. Not worth the price. My pork chop was good, but nothing to rave about. My daughter had the sword fish. It was very thin and had a fishy taste. Either not high quality or fresh. My wife ordered the skirt steak. Because she ordered it well done the steak was much smaller than those had by our dinner companions who ordered theirs medium. The service was slow, and the waitress was snotty. Overall I do not understand where people get their taste in food from.
Posted by anonymous on 05/14/2006
Went there expecting a fun and fabulous dinner with friends and left so disappointed. We could not get a cocktail, let alone a waitress, to save our lives. The food was great, but there is hardly any of it. I was given about four bites of fish covered in sauce....nothing else! The space itself is really cool and open, low lit and funky, but that would not be reason enough to ever come back. Overall I was embarassed I suggested the place to my friends.
Posted by UES Foodie on 05/09/2006
5 friends and myself recently dined at Barbuto. The space is very cool but the food and service really lacked. Actually, the food itself wasn't terrible, there just wasn't a lot of it. The pasta was about 3 minutes too early to even call al dente. The scallops were good, but they put four on a skewer, stuck it on a plate and that was it. Overall, 6 people ate dinner and no one enjoyed it. Very disappointing.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2006
Reading some of the previous reviiews, I came in expecting good food but average service, and Oh what a pleasant surprise! The food was excellent and the service was very good. Our server was very attentitive delivering everything with perfect timing. I was impressed. Wonderful place for a date or dinner with friends. Try to get the seat in the kitchen if you are a larger group, or ask for the window table if you are two. The only drawback of the place is that the lights are too dimmed. Few more light bulbs would greaty improve the atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2006
I had a very enjoyable lunch at Barbuto. The restaurant was not all that crowded when I arrived (about 12:30pm) and the service was pleasantly attentive. Mr. Waxman was in the kitchen and mulling about the restaurant too. I was a bit surprised how he seemed to go over only to tables of people he knew given how uncrowded it was (no more than 15% full). While I'm not a regular and did not expect to be given the perks the regulars were receiving (e.g., one table got chocolate truffles with dessert), it costs nothing for him to stop by at the other tables to see if myself and the other non-regulars were enjoying themselves. Given the openness of the space, his reserved demeanor stands in contradiction to the restaurant's general intent and ambiance. This aside, the food was very good. The panino was fantastic though it could easily be improved: toast the foccacia more. I ordered a side of the verdura (wilted greens) - it was inconsistently seasoned. This is to say it was seasoned well, but part of it was tinged nicely with chile while the other part was not; the ricotta salata was a nice touch to the entire dish. I would go back but having been to Mr. Waxman's previous venture (Washington Park(?) - it's where Cru is now), I expected food prepared with slightly more deft but would go back to Barbuto because it was still a very satisfying experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2006
I took a date here on Valentines Day, skeptical with some of the reviews posted on this website. Jerry, our waiter was more than happy to guide us through the menu and offer his suggestions as needed. The food was great, on par with other top spots, our courses were well timed, especially on a busy holiday, The wine list runs deep and is Italian (go figure) so if you are looking for a Kendal Jackson or a Beringer you are in the wrong place. I will be back both for business and social dinners.; I may need to become a regular as their menu rotates on a daily basis.
Posted by Phil H on 02/06/2006
I find it hard to believe that my 10 friends and I ate last evening, 2/5/06, in the same restaurant as the two December reviewers. We had a delicious dinner served family style at a large wooden table separated from the kitchen by a counter. Appetizers, salads, pastas, fish, meat and desserts were all ample and excellent, the service was attentive without being pushy, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Similar comments were made to me by many in our party, which ranged in age from mid-twenties to late sixties, all college educated, most with advanced degrees, and all widely traveled. I would gladly return to Barbuto and confidently recommend it to discerning friends.