Barbounia

4.5
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2837 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Barbounia is an oasis of modern Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy combined with a beautiful chic ambiance and a welcoming staff. Under the direction of Partners Alon Jibli and David Sasson, the restaurant is said to “move into Manhattan’s top tier of Mediterranean’s” as stated eloquently by Bob Lape of Crain’s. Barbounia is open daily for lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Wait staff was fine, even though we asked that they course out the food and it was all brought within 5 minutes of us ordering. The hosts kept lingering over our table trying to get us to leave. They even took our water glasses away. The main host actually asked us to leave and pretended he was joking- he was not. Very rude. My friends said something when we did get up and they didn’t even apologize. We were only there a little over an hour.

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration food was fabulous and atmosphere is perfect.

IY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks and food were both amazing

y
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We went to celebrate birthdays, not seeing each other in a while and it happened to be valentines weekend. The restaurant was packed full of red roses and valentines Mylar red heart balloons. We loved how festive they went with the decor. We had bottomless mimosas, the mezze 6 dip appetizer and brunch items. Each dish was beautiful and delicious. My son ordered fresh fruit. It was large bowl chock full of fresh blackberries, pear, apples, bananas and strawberries! So great! I ordered a wild mushroom omelet delish, two had shashuksa, two had French toast and one had steak and eggs. And one had the falafel sándwich. All were great in their own way. Perfectly seasoned. Cooked well - not over or under done. It was a great time to spend visiting and sharing some great food!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Pretty disappointed... food was average rather below standards... forced us to order everything at one go.... we ended up ordering way too much... complaint to manager but no luck ... terrible experience... drinks were super average rather a waste

M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

We were excited to return here for Valentine's Day Weekend, as we well remember our 2nd date here. What a HUGE disappointment!!! Though the decor is really inviting and beautiful, our experience was immediately sullied by our pushy and impatient waiter.....Do we really know what we want to order 3 seconds after sitting, before our coats are off? The hummus appetizer that we recall from our previous visit was nothing memorable this time: watery and tasteless. The waiter really pushed hard for us to order the halibut special; no wonder, as it was rubbery, overly fishy, and clearly left over from the Friday Valentine's Day stockpile. My hanger steak arrived underdone and cold. Will never return, especially given that Gramercy Tavern is right next door....

JI
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

had dinner with my daughter here on Valentine's Day while on a business trip. The restaurant was packed of course being a holiday, but the service and food were superb. Everything spot on. The breads, hummus, tahini and eggplant, before dinner were superb. The wine list extensive and easy to find a great bottle (including half bottles) at a reasonable price. We had brazini perfectly deboned and chicken kabobs.. among other vegetables. The service was excellent .. we never waited or were looking for next course. Everyone was friendly from hostess to the busboys. It was packed tight with tables and very loud.. but I would go back here again.. and I intend to anytime I am in NYC.. putting this on on my list of go to restaurants.

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Outstanding service! Highly recommend!

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Totally decked out for Valentines Day which was cool. What isn’t cool is making you wait for your entire party to arrive before seating you when the reservation required a credit card and was already confirmed.

NS
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Barbounia is a really wonderful restaurant. The food is great, as is the service, and the environment is really lovely. We went for Valentine's Day and they really outdid themselves- delicious specials and great decorations. We had dover sole for two (a special), salads and the iron skillet shrimp. Oh and the bread... I'd go just for that.

RM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Barbounia, but they used to give the excellent bread for free. Too bad they charge now.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Really delicious food but overpriced for what it is. 2 people (one vegan) and a bottle of wine, $232!
Tables very close together, no room between tables and very small table for 2. Very, very noisy!
Best time to go, late lunch on a Saturday...

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the time you walk in, you are treated like a VIP. love this place. Ambiance is great, service very attentive and the food is great. Love the menu selections.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was so friendly!!

G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A bit noisy. Otherwise a great place

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing experience overall. Food ambiance, and service was amazing.

e
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Barbounia has a wonderful, creative menu. We went on Saturday night and it was packed. With a reservation, we waited 20 minutes for our table. The noise level was overwhelming and the tables so close together, we got to know the people to my right very quickly.

The servers were attentive and everything came to the table fresh and hot. The halvah dessert was a lovely, decadent surprise.

d
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Extremely disappointing...service was erratic (we barely sat down when 3 staff came over to take drink, wine, etc...order). I obviously only had one course, but the Branzino was mediocre. Our first two wine choices were out of stock (I don't care how long the wine list is, but if it is on the list it should be in stock). Finally the wrong desert was provided....by then I had given up. And all that for a premium price!!!! Sorry won't be back....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Noise level rose around 5:30pm

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Overall the food was really good and would come back but was a little pricey for brunch. We were only offered the group menu which we weren’t aware we had to do when we made the reservation. We were seated 30 min late and weren’t offered drinks for another 15 min so basically our drink service started 45 min late at 3pm and then they had last call at 4 before we even received our entrees. We had to pay the full bottomless brunch price and would’ve expected some courtesy round or extension of time due to the late seating and start of service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as always.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great concept and atmosphere. The choice of cuisine is good, a lot of good mediterranean/middle-east dishes. Also nice is the never ending flow of champagne cocktails.

LB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food selection and attentive service. Unlimited champagne drinks topped off the Brunch.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I like the ambience and service was great

The house desert was incredible

The drinks were great as well

n
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

food very tasty and different. service attentive. very noisy when restaurant full. tables small and very close to one another. pleasantly surprised when restaurant brought us an unexpected complementary desert. overall, a good experience. will go back for regular menu, as dishes look interesting.

JG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was good. However, we felt rushed while eating.

KM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always the beat meal, service and ambiance

DM
Pinehurst
16 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great greek restaurant and service was outstanding!

SC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The meal was not delicious. Period

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Our appetizers were great, but frankly underwhelmed by our entrees. Our waiter also forgot the 2nd dessert we ordered and because he said it took 10 minutes to put in and order again “he owed us one” the next time we were there. Quite frankly wouldn’t go back for dinner.

b
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered was Amazing! And the service was excellent as well! Will come back for sure!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal all around! Outstanding service, delicious food & drinks, and ambiance - I’ll definitely be back again!

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

The service was awful. They over stuff the dining area. The food was good but service was painful. I wanted to give them money for alcohol and they were slow as snails. We weren't the only table with this problem either. Stick to work lunches here. Not brunch.

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went here for my sister's birthday. We ordered of the restaurant week menu. Food was really good and great value.

TB
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Exceptional vibe in which food and ambiance come together for a great time!

TB
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It's Mediterian food is very good & the drinks are fabulous!

J
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took a group of my coworkers for lunch and we all had a great time. The food was amazing and service was great! I recommended Babournia to many of my friends. Thank you

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food is very good and love the bottomless sparkling wine. However the service left a lot to be desired. The refilling on the mimosas was very slow. Also the waiter at one point dropped my bread on the floor and then cleaned it but never offered to bring me a replacement or comp us for the dish. Was very disappointed with the service.

J
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Well seated onTime plus, the noise level massive noise
Made the best of it decor still Christmas not so bad
Had to keep asking bus boys for stupid things salt pepper
Napkins small things the waiter should have done
Waiter wasn’t as attentive as he should have been
Charged extra for pita bread after we ordered a massive dip Appy very tacky! Food not great just okay

BM
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful Mediterranean food. Great service. Beautiful restaurant. Neighborhood find.