Barbounia

★★★★☆
Greek goes chic at this flashy and fabulous Park Avenue spot.
  • 250 Park Ave S

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: at 20th St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-257-3961

About Barbounia

Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-4pm Sun & Mon: 5:30pm-11pm Tues-Sat: 5:30pm-12am Sat & Sun: 11am-4pm
Reservations
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Not good, due to the offensive service. It one of those places that takes your really nice evening and just craps on it.\r\nI brought my girlfriend and parents for dinner here tonight at 7. We had the dorado & bronzini dishes, all good BUT\r\nThe service was downright insulting. Our waiter/wait staff could barely speak English but were likely eastern Mediterranean as would be appropriate. They seemed to be on drugs. They were slurring their speech...and no less than 7 times completely interrupted the table

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★★☆☆☆

Not good, due to the offensive service. It one of those places that takes your really nice evening and just craps on it.\r\nI brought my girlfriend and parents for dinner here tonight at 7. We had the dorado & bronzini dishes, all good BUT\r\nThe service was downright insulting. Our waiter/wait staff could barely speak English but were likely eastern Mediterranean as would be appropriate. They seemed to be on drugs. They were slurring their speech...and no less than 7 times completely interrupted the table

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We asked the host how long will the wait be. He said half an hour. So we had a drink. Half an hour later, we came to the host, he said, another 15 minutes. Nothing. We again asked the host, then he said, after we have already waited 45 that it will be another half an hour. I said that if he told us right away that it would be more than an hour, we would not have stayed. He said :""I'm not a psychic."" He was so rude, and we are never coming back to Barbounia again!The host was a tall guy with black-rim glasses. The rudest host in the history. I hope the owner reads this and fires him, or else he'll lose more customers than just the two of us.

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★☆☆☆☆

We asked the host how long will the wait be. He said half an hour. So we had a drink. Half an hour later, we came to the host, he said, another 15 minutes. Nothing. We again asked the host, then he said, after we have already waited 45 that it will be another half an hour. I said that if he told us right away that it would be more than an hour, we would not have stayed. He said :""I'm not a psychic."" He was so rude, and we are never coming back to Barbounia again!The host was a tall guy with black-rim glasses. The rudest host in the history. I hope the owner reads this and fires him, or else he'll lose more customers than just the two of us.

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My friend and I went to Barbounia on a Wednesday evening. We had a nazi of a waitress (with long reddish hair tied back in a pony tail). While we were looking at the menu she hovered over us and said ""I need to get the order in"" so we ordered an appetizer (thinking that would get her off our back for a few minutes) and she said (you NEED to order the entree at the same time)---so we rushed and made our selection. The bread is delicious, but the Malbec I had was served warm and the dinner portions were miniscule and food just...OK. Even though there were plenty of empty tables and absolutely no one waiting, the busboy kept attempting to remove our plates though we were only half done, while the nazi waitress hovered on during our meal making us feel uncomfortable. I would not go again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friend and I went to Barbounia on a Wednesday evening. We had a nazi of a waitress (with long reddish hair tied back in a pony tail). While we were looking at the menu she hovered over us and said ""I need to get the order in"" so we ordered an appetizer (thinking that would get her off our back for a few minutes) and she said (you NEED to order the entree at the same time)---so we rushed and made our selection. The bread is delicious, but the Malbec I had was served warm and the dinner portions were miniscule and food just...OK. Even though there were plenty of empty tables and absolutely no one waiting, the busboy kept attempting to remove our plates though we were only half done, while the nazi waitress hovered on during our meal making us feel uncomfortable. I would not go again.

Pros: Beautiful design of restaurant

Cons: Service, warm wine and small portions

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Although reluctant when I saw the tacky interior, my worries were put at ease once we were greeted by such a friendly staff. The food was also surprisingly tasty. The Mediterranean spreads were all delicious and the octopus was tender and tasty! The best part of all, was that the bill was more than reasonable!

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★★★★☆

Although reluctant when I saw the tacky interior, my worries were put at ease once we were greeted by such a friendly staff. The food was also surprisingly tasty. The Mediterranean spreads were all delicious and the octopus was tender and tasty! The best part of all, was that the bill was more than reasonable!

Pros: octopus

Cons: interior

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Great place to people watch! Excellent food which is ultra healthy and flavorful. Any night of the week a great place to enjoy your dinner.

2
★★★★★

Great place to people watch! Excellent food which is ultra healthy and flavorful. Any night of the week a great place to enjoy your dinner.

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From the front to the back this is where its at!\nI dined here last night, and as usual this restaurant never seems to refrain in out doing itself. Great crowd, educated and obliging waitstaff, and an extremely welcoming host!

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★★★★★

From the front to the back this is where its at!\nI dined here last night, and as usual this restaurant never seems to refrain in out doing itself. Great crowd, educated and obliging waitstaff, and an extremely welcoming host!

Pros: Best goddamn desert in town

Cons: truthfully nothing

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Amazing food...amazing decor...amazing crowd!! Great place for a date...a party...a business meeting...a birthday. One of my ""go-to"" places in New York. Always a good time and great food. AG

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★★★★★

Amazing food...amazing decor...amazing crowd!! Great place for a date...a party...a business meeting...a birthday. One of my ""go-to"" places in New York. Always a good time and great food. AG

Pros: Great Food and Beautiful Crowd,

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one of the best places the food is good and frash

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★★★★★

one of the best places the food is good and frash

Pros: best greek :)

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NO BETTER MID EAST AND MED FOOD IN NYC

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★★★★★

NO BETTER MID EAST AND MED FOOD IN NYC

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Threw a birthday dinner party for my boyfriend here. Service and food was fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time. Will definitely return.

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★★★★☆

Threw a birthday dinner party for my boyfriend here. Service and food was fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time. Will definitely return.

Pros: best Greek salad ever

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I love the feeling this place has when you walk in. Also the Turkish/Greek/Italian Mediterranean food is such a nice change and everthing I've had was delicious. For apps the Red Snapper Ceviche and Terracotta Shrimp are my favorites. Favorite entrees are Farro Rissoto and the Hanger Steak. Dessert is heavenly with the Silan Honey OMG or the Kanafeh ~ MUST TRY.\r\n\r\nYou can't beat the $12 non-stop Champagne Brunch, it's a perfect indulgent delight for the weekend. I've always found the service staff to be on top of things and that says alot these days. \r\n\r\nI really recomend this restaurant if you want to experience something better than the usual venues.

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★★★★★

I love the feeling this place has when you walk in. Also the Turkish/Greek/Italian Mediterranean food is such a nice change and everthing I've had was delicious. For apps the Red Snapper Ceviche and Terracotta Shrimp are my favorites. Favorite entrees are Farro Rissoto and the Hanger Steak. Dessert is heavenly with the Silan Honey OMG or the Kanafeh ~ MUST TRY.\r\n\r\nYou can't beat the $12 non-stop Champagne Brunch, it's a perfect indulgent delight for the weekend. I've always found the service staff to be on top of things and that says alot these days. \r\n\r\nI really recomend this restaurant if you want to experience something better than the usual venues.

Pros: Atmosphere, Food and Fun People

Cons: Haven't found one yet.

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The other night I went out with a group of friends to Barbounia and we had a FANTASTIC time - great cocktails a great atmosphere. The food is scrumptious - the octopus is out of this world. It's great for big groups for sharing all the delicious plates. I think I tasted everything on the menu and all of it was EXCELLENT. And, they have this incredible dessert called Silan - it's to die for, so you must try it!\n\nThe place is so beautiful, so it's a great place to have a drink when you are on Park Ave South.

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★★★★★

The other night I went out with a group of friends to Barbounia and we had a FANTASTIC time - great cocktails a great atmosphere. The food is scrumptious - the octopus is out of this world. It's great for big groups for sharing all the delicious plates. I think I tasted everything on the menu and all of it was EXCELLENT. And, they have this incredible dessert called Silan - it's to die for, so you must try it!\n\nThe place is so beautiful, so it's a great place to have a drink when you are on Park Ave South.

Pros: Love the Charred Octopus

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The sheer awe you will be in when you walk into this restaurant is enough to make the meal worth it in my opinion, however appearance alone is not all you have to look forward to when going to dine at Barbounia. The food was an interesting complex burst of flavor in everything from the hummus to the bread that was presented perfectly. \n\nThe service was attentive and respectful without being over-bearing and annoying. I honestly was upset when dessert came around, but i really didn't want to leave. I can't wait to go back soon! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! \n

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★★★★★

The sheer awe you will be in when you walk into this restaurant is enough to make the meal worth it in my opinion, however appearance alone is not all you have to look forward to when going to dine at Barbounia. The food was an interesting complex burst of flavor in everything from the hummus to the bread that was presented perfectly. \n\nThe service was attentive and respectful without being over-bearing and annoying. I honestly was upset when dessert came around, but i really didn't want to leave. I can't wait to go back soon! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! \n

Pros: The Food Tastes as good as the restaurant looks

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The bartender was incredibly rude. She was really tall, short blonde hair. When I asked her to please close my tab and let me pay for my drinks, she kept asking me if I wanted to ""pay for my friends drinks"", and I said no, multiple times. However, when she finally gave me the bill, she did add my friend's drink to it. Why would a bartender pressure you to pay for someone else's drink? So frustrating.

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★☆☆☆☆

The bartender was incredibly rude. She was really tall, short blonde hair. When I asked her to please close my tab and let me pay for my drinks, she kept asking me if I wanted to ""pay for my friends drinks"", and I said no, multiple times. However, when she finally gave me the bill, she did add my friend's drink to it. Why would a bartender pressure you to pay for someone else's drink? So frustrating.

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Add an hour to your reservation time. This ostentatious Mediteranean restaurant has a great feeling when you walk in but it goes down hill very quickly from there. Poor service, pretty bad food (my chicken was burnt to a crisp and an arrogant Narcissistic attitude is so yesterday... . Get over yourself. \r\n\r\nI had way better food and service elsewhere.. Good luck with your party tonight. $50 is steep for what will be provided.\r\n\r\nWho did the interior.. Beautiful!

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★☆☆☆☆

Add an hour to your reservation time. This ostentatious Mediteranean restaurant has a great feeling when you walk in but it goes down hill very quickly from there. Poor service, pretty bad food (my chicken was burnt to a crisp and an arrogant Narcissistic attitude is so yesterday... . Get over yourself. \r\n\r\nI had way better food and service elsewhere.. Good luck with your party tonight. $50 is steep for what will be provided.\r\n\r\nWho did the interior.. Beautiful!

Pros: 'drecoration'

Cons: Rude and lazy service

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Such a pretty place, the dining room is lit almost entirely by candle light, the staff was most friendly and helpful. A MUST try is the lamb shank, the meat just fell off the bone! The shrimp terra cotta (although not in a terra cotta dish) was the most yummy garlicy shrimp dish EVER!\nWent back for brunch and got blissfully happy on the $12 ALL YOU CAN DRINK champagne cocktails! It's true, all you can drink, we put it to the test. The French Toast was so thick and delicious, the egg dish Shashuka was a spicey tomato and egg explosion in your mouth. So good!

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★★★★☆

Such a pretty place, the dining room is lit almost entirely by candle light, the staff was most friendly and helpful. A MUST try is the lamb shank, the meat just fell off the bone! The shrimp terra cotta (although not in a terra cotta dish) was the most yummy garlicy shrimp dish EVER!\nWent back for brunch and got blissfully happy on the $12 ALL YOU CAN DRINK champagne cocktails! It's true, all you can drink, we put it to the test. The French Toast was so thick and delicious, the egg dish Shashuka was a spicey tomato and egg explosion in your mouth. So good!

Pros: spreads and breads...wow!

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Super delicious food and a great atmosphere. The grilled baby lamb chops\r\n is very delicious.The Barbounia was very well prepared. The portions are not very big, but the flavor definitely makes up for it! The wine list is also very good. \r\n\r\nDefinitely worth a try if you're looking for a good experience.\r\n

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★★★★☆

Super delicious food and a great atmosphere. The grilled baby lamb chops\r\n is very delicious.The Barbounia was very well prepared. The portions are not very big, but the flavor definitely makes up for it! The wine list is also very good. \r\n\r\nDefinitely worth a try if you're looking for a good experience.\r\n

Pros: food,ambiance

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The ambiance was definitely the draw-in for me. Went to this place with a friend during restaurant week for our birthdays. Very disappointing. Yes, the setting is nice but the tables were SO close together - literally 2 inches apart. Made the whole experience a real downer. On top of that, the food was just so-so. Had the tuna carpaccio, duck breast and yogurt dessert and was not impressed. If it wasn't restaurant week and I was paying full price, I'd be a little more than upset.

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★★★☆☆

The ambiance was definitely the draw-in for me. Went to this place with a friend during restaurant week for our birthdays. Very disappointing. Yes, the setting is nice but the tables were SO close together - literally 2 inches apart. Made the whole experience a real downer. On top of that, the food was just so-so. Had the tuna carpaccio, duck breast and yogurt dessert and was not impressed. If it wasn't restaurant week and I was paying full price, I'd be a little more than upset.

Pros: service

Cons: food

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Top Restaurant. So far this is the only restaurant my friend cleaned her plate on every course. Restaurant Week menu was everything fabulous. Oysters with caviar, Tuna Carpaccio- YUMMY. Duck was my favorite, schwarma tender. Panna Cotta dessert was better than Gotham- more taste, the kanefeh delicious. Friendly relaxed service, hostess welcoming, servers attentive, all diners smiling. They certainly have a way with flavors. Greek Mojito rocked. We arrived with a stroller and they were helpful. This is what a great restaurant should be. An adventure worth taking. Go.

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★★★★★

Top Restaurant. So far this is the only restaurant my friend cleaned her plate on every course. Restaurant Week menu was everything fabulous. Oysters with caviar, Tuna Carpaccio- YUMMY. Duck was my favorite, schwarma tender. Panna Cotta dessert was better than Gotham- more taste, the kanefeh delicious. Friendly relaxed service, hostess welcoming, servers attentive, all diners smiling. They certainly have a way with flavors. Greek Mojito rocked. We arrived with a stroller and they were helpful. This is what a great restaurant should be. An adventure worth taking. Go.

Pros: Taste!

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I've never posted a message like this in my life, but I feel compelled to say that the guy who acts as maitre d is enough to entirely ruin the visit. two occasions, 18 months apart, same disrespectful treatment and condescending attitude. one can only hope for a little more perspective (humility) from the managers of the other mediocre tourist joints on park avenue. without getting into details, if you're a ny'er who has options, spare yourself the pomposity and walk 100 yards down on 20th to Kellari Taverna, which has spectacular greek food and warm, charming service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've never posted a message like this in my life, but I feel compelled to say that the guy who acts as maitre d is enough to entirely ruin the visit. two occasions, 18 months apart, same disrespectful treatment and condescending attitude. one can only hope for a little more perspective (humility) from the managers of the other mediocre tourist joints on park avenue. without getting into details, if you're a ny'er who has options, spare yourself the pomposity and walk 100 yards down on 20th to Kellari Taverna, which has spectacular greek food and warm, charming service.

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I went on a double date at this restaurant and although the ambiance and decor is amazing, the food was a big disappointment. I am greek so I know what greek food is supposed to taste like and I was not pleased with my meal at all. Everything else was fine including the service etc. If you are looking for a relaxing place to go for drinks, then this is the place for you but if you are looking for a great mediterranean meal, you may be disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

I went on a double date at this restaurant and although the ambiance and decor is amazing, the food was a big disappointment. I am greek so I know what greek food is supposed to taste like and I was not pleased with my meal at all. Everything else was fine including the service etc. If you are looking for a relaxing place to go for drinks, then this is the place for you but if you are looking for a great mediterranean meal, you may be disappointed.

Pros: Ambiance, Bar scene

Cons: The food

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After reading many mixed reviews, I was very hesitant to make a reservation to celebrate my birthday at Barbounia. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the ambience was great, the service was attentive but not pushy, and the food was fantastic. The Ambrosia cocktail is the perfect way to go for a summer evening. I would absolutely recommend!

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★★★★★

After reading many mixed reviews, I was very hesitant to make a reservation to celebrate my birthday at Barbounia. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the ambience was great, the service was attentive but not pushy, and the food was fantastic. The Ambrosia cocktail is the perfect way to go for a summer evening. I would absolutely recommend!

Pros: Great service, cocktails, and food

Cons: Music is a tad loud

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We were very pleased with this restaurant. Went here with friends at the recommendation of some Greek friends. Very good food, lots to choose from served with a smile. Nothing to complain about.

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★★★★☆

We were very pleased with this restaurant. Went here with friends at the recommendation of some Greek friends. Very good food, lots to choose from served with a smile. Nothing to complain about.

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I went there on Friday night with three of my friends.We were seated promptly.Service was great.Our waitress Xiomara was very attentive and gracious.I highly recommend octopus salad,musaka and above all selection of whole grilled fish(branzino,dorado,black bass).In this restaurant I have discovered Greek wines.They are not bad at all.Try Agiorgitiko!You'll love it!

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★★★★★

I went there on Friday night with three of my friends.We were seated promptly.Service was great.Our waitress Xiomara was very attentive and gracious.I highly recommend octopus salad,musaka and above all selection of whole grilled fish(branzino,dorado,black bass).In this restaurant I have discovered Greek wines.They are not bad at all.Try Agiorgitiko!You'll love it!

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Friday night I enjoyed the 4 F's; Food, Friends, Fun and Full Service at my new Favorite spot Barbounia. Not having reservation we had to wait for 20 or so minutes for a table but it was well worth the wait. My three friends and I went to the bar and had the very creative house cocktails hats off to the creator of such delicious creations of intoxication. The hostess came and got us as soon as the table was ready. Our server Sharron was fabulous, an amazing sense of humor we felt right at home. She was attentive, answered our question and made good suggestion. What impressed me most was her honesty; telling us something on the menu she didn't like and suggested something that was cheaper that she thought I might enjoy more. This is a rarity in the big city where everyone tries to sell you the most expensive item on the menu. The food was fantastic cheers to the chief. The desserts were the bomb. It was a perfect night I was bumped a few times by people passing by but all in all it was a very pleasant experience. It was a little loud but I guess that is what makes the atmosphere so jumping. I WILL BE BACK. Oh yeah and I didn't have to break the bank either the priced for the area and ambiance an amazing deal.\r\nI am the master of change. I am the ruler of my destiny!

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★★★★★

Friday night I enjoyed the 4 F's; Food, Friends, Fun and Full Service at my new Favorite spot Barbounia. Not having reservation we had to wait for 20 or so minutes for a table but it was well worth the wait. My three friends and I went to the bar and had the very creative house cocktails hats off to the creator of such delicious creations of intoxication. The hostess came and got us as soon as the table was ready. Our server Sharron was fabulous, an amazing sense of humor we felt right at home. She was attentive, answered our question and made good suggestion. What impressed me most was her honesty; telling us something on the menu she didn't like and suggested something that was cheaper that she thought I might enjoy more. This is a rarity in the big city where everyone tries to sell you the most expensive item on the menu. The food was fantastic cheers to the chief. The desserts were the bomb. It was a perfect night I was bumped a few times by people passing by but all in all it was a very pleasant experience. It was a little loud but I guess that is what makes the atmosphere so jumping. I WILL BE BACK. Oh yeah and I didn't have to break the bank either the priced for the area and ambiance an amazing deal.\r\nI am the master of change. I am the ruler of my destiny!

Pros: very good food

Cons: a little loud

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After the Greek parade my family and I walked so out of our way to try this place that we heard good things about. We arrived at the restaurant about 330, around a quarter to 4, the waiter comes to the table and says FYI we are not serving dinner and you must choose from the left side of the menu (which were appetizers). We were starving and dissapointed but we were there so we order a bunch of appetizers. They bring out the appetizers and they are tiny., Typical Greek places do not serve tiny helpings. The waiter then tells us that they serve dinner at 4pm (it was past 4pm, we ordered appetizers for no reason so we skipped out on dinner.\r\n\r\nLets just say the food is good but small portioned (which is not typical of a greek helping) and the waiters are idiots. Why undersell your restaurant, we would have spent at least 350 on dinner., but they tell us to order from the appetizers 15 minutes before dinner was to be served.????/\r\n\r\nStrange. If you are Greek or used to their helpings DONT GO HERE Take it from a greek!

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★★★☆☆

After the Greek parade my family and I walked so out of our way to try this place that we heard good things about. We arrived at the restaurant about 330, around a quarter to 4, the waiter comes to the table and says FYI we are not serving dinner and you must choose from the left side of the menu (which were appetizers). We were starving and dissapointed but we were there so we order a bunch of appetizers. They bring out the appetizers and they are tiny., Typical Greek places do not serve tiny helpings. The waiter then tells us that they serve dinner at 4pm (it was past 4pm, we ordered appetizers for no reason so we skipped out on dinner.\r\n\r\nLets just say the food is good but small portioned (which is not typical of a greek helping) and the waiters are idiots. Why undersell your restaurant, we would have spent at least 350 on dinner., but they tell us to order from the appetizers 15 minutes before dinner was to be served.????/\r\n\r\nStrange. If you are Greek or used to their helpings DONT GO HERE Take it from a greek!

Pros: Beautiful atmostphere

Cons: Idiotic staffing

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Everyone else has commented on their food and its excellence, so I will spare readers the repetitive compliments. \r\n\r\nI specifically asked for a reservation time that would get me seated no later than 10 minutes of walking in through the door. for this i was recommended the 930 slot for 6 people. I booked 6 days in advance. Be it great weather, or just slow patrons, we didn't get seated till 50 minutes later. However, both William, and Oz (the sommelier) went to great lengths to make the rest of our night enjoyable. Once seated the service was excellent, and the attention to detail for the food and by the waitstaff was excellent. \r\n\r\nThough no fault of their own (i had scheduled a wine delivery that did not occur), they accommodated me appropriately when i chose the wine they had to offer. The entire experience lent it self to an air of experts, serving an amateur dining crowd, but when asked to step up will deliver a most pleasurable dining experience. \r\n\r\nI would thoroughly recommend this place.

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★★★★★

Everyone else has commented on their food and its excellence, so I will spare readers the repetitive compliments. \r\n\r\nI specifically asked for a reservation time that would get me seated no later than 10 minutes of walking in through the door. for this i was recommended the 930 slot for 6 people. I booked 6 days in advance. Be it great weather, or just slow patrons, we didn't get seated till 50 minutes later. However, both William, and Oz (the sommelier) went to great lengths to make the rest of our night enjoyable. Once seated the service was excellent, and the attention to detail for the food and by the waitstaff was excellent. \r\n\r\nThough no fault of their own (i had scheduled a wine delivery that did not occur), they accommodated me appropriately when i chose the wine they had to offer. The entire experience lent it self to an air of experts, serving an amateur dining crowd, but when asked to step up will deliver a most pleasurable dining experience. \r\n\r\nI would thoroughly recommend this place.

Pros: ambience, service

Cons: crowded, wait times

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Ok- I've dined here many times and recommended this restaurant to countless friends. In the last few months there's been one consistent reaction ""great food, but what's thee deal with the service?""\r\nIt is so disappointing. The busboys staff is working hard but the wait staff is invisible. The women in particular are free of personality. The hostess sat my friend and I in between 2 occupied tables with minimal room for privacy event though we had a reservation and there was plenty of availability.\r\nThe food remains excellent but when the service and atmosphere don't live up to expectations why return when there are so many nearby options?

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★★★☆☆

Ok- I've dined here many times and recommended this restaurant to countless friends. In the last few months there's been one consistent reaction ""great food, but what's thee deal with the service?""\r\nIt is so disappointing. The busboys staff is working hard but the wait staff is invisible. The women in particular are free of personality. The hostess sat my friend and I in between 2 occupied tables with minimal room for privacy event though we had a reservation and there was plenty of availability.\r\nThe food remains excellent but when the service and atmosphere don't live up to expectations why return when there are so many nearby options?

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I took a client to Babounia for lunch one afternoon and was extremely embarassed. First the waiter took our order but walked away in such a rush that we didn't have the opportunity to give him our drink order. We had to flag down a busboy to get our waiter's attention. Finally our Diet Coke's arrived and 10 seconds later our meals arrived. Both of us ordered salads with chicken and it turned out both dishes displayed RAW CHICKEN. We didn't notice until my client took a good-sized bite! Our waiter neglected to check on us so we once again were forced to flag down the bus boy. When our waiter arrived we informed him of the raw chicken and he took the dishes back to the kitchen.\r\n\r\nTen minutes later my client's dish returned with severely well-done chicken. This time it was tough and rubbery! I insisted she start eating before her dish get cold because my dish took at good 10 additional minnutes to arrive! \r\n\r\nOnce agian, our waiter never checked on us and we never saw a manager. I have never been so embarassed in front of a client. The kicker to all of this is that we were charge FULL PRICE for our RAW CHICKEN! At this point, our meals were overcooked and we were starving!\r\n\r\nI would have stopped to speak with a manager but at this point my client simply wanted to leave which is why I'm writing this review now.\r\n\r\nI would never dine there again and would never recommend it to anyone unless you want rude service and a trip to the doctor's office!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I took a client to Babounia for lunch one afternoon and was extremely embarassed. First the waiter took our order but walked away in such a rush that we didn't have the opportunity to give him our drink order. We had to flag down a busboy to get our waiter's attention. Finally our Diet Coke's arrived and 10 seconds later our meals arrived. Both of us ordered salads with chicken and it turned out both dishes displayed RAW CHICKEN. We didn't notice until my client took a good-sized bite! Our waiter neglected to check on us so we once again were forced to flag down the bus boy. When our waiter arrived we informed him of the raw chicken and he took the dishes back to the kitchen.\r\n\r\nTen minutes later my client's dish returned with severely well-done chicken. This time it was tough and rubbery! I insisted she start eating before her dish get cold because my dish took at good 10 additional minnutes to arrive! \r\n\r\nOnce agian, our waiter never checked on us and we never saw a manager. I have never been so embarassed in front of a client. The kicker to all of this is that we were charge FULL PRICE for our RAW CHICKEN! At this point, our meals were overcooked and we were starving!\r\n\r\nI would have stopped to speak with a manager but at this point my client simply wanted to leave which is why I'm writing this review now.\r\n\r\nI would never dine there again and would never recommend it to anyone unless you want rude service and a trip to the doctor's office!!

Pros: The fact you can leave and never have to come back!

Cons: Raw Chicken and Poor Service

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Came for a birthday party last week. Our waiter recommended we try the whole fish from the grill. This was the best seafood I've had in a LONG time. The branzino was so mild, and it was filleted right at the table, so you could see all the fresh herbs that were stuffed in the fish for grilling. It's served with a small side of lemon olive oil, which made for such a healthy, simple flavor. Very nice, lofty interior, great affordable wine. The pumpkin cake was out of this world. Funny bartender named Scott picked a great pre-dinner wine at the bar. Very cool vibe. Very comfy banquettes. Definitely coming back.

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★★★★★

Came for a birthday party last week. Our waiter recommended we try the whole fish from the grill. This was the best seafood I've had in a LONG time. The branzino was so mild, and it was filleted right at the table, so you could see all the fresh herbs that were stuffed in the fish for grilling. It's served with a small side of lemon olive oil, which made for such a healthy, simple flavor. Very nice, lofty interior, great affordable wine. The pumpkin cake was out of this world. Funny bartender named Scott picked a great pre-dinner wine at the bar. Very cool vibe. Very comfy banquettes. Definitely coming back.

Pros: incerdible seafood

Cons: music was a bit loud, but the manager promptly lowered it at our request

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Attentive wait staff but no sense of timing whatsoever. Appetizers came so fast that it was frankly uncomfortable. I thought we must have received someone else's food. It's not a good sign when the apps beat the wine to the table. We asked the waitress for some help in choosing the wine but she deferred to the manager. The manager seemed way out of his element in looking over his own wine list. He made a recommendation based on what Italian style of wine we liked (we wanted a Greek wine to salute the cuisine), and what he offered was way off base. We ordered something else and he was kind enough to pick up the $$ difference in the 2 bottles. The souvlaki is served with the meat only. It was good enough, but as a meal, the dish needs more. The wait staff, busboys, etc. are doing their job but the overall rhythm here was not relaxing and I won't return. Too many flaws for me.

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★★☆☆☆

Attentive wait staff but no sense of timing whatsoever. Appetizers came so fast that it was frankly uncomfortable. I thought we must have received someone else's food. It's not a good sign when the apps beat the wine to the table. We asked the waitress for some help in choosing the wine but she deferred to the manager. The manager seemed way out of his element in looking over his own wine list. He made a recommendation based on what Italian style of wine we liked (we wanted a Greek wine to salute the cuisine), and what he offered was way off base. We ordered something else and he was kind enough to pick up the $$ difference in the 2 bottles. The souvlaki is served with the meat only. It was good enough, but as a meal, the dish needs more. The wait staff, busboys, etc. are doing their job but the overall rhythm here was not relaxing and I won't return. Too many flaws for me.

Pros: It's a nice big room, I always like that

Cons: Rushed service, not relaxing, poor meal design

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\r\noverall an average to slightly above average experience. the service definitely felt rushed - we were prepared to spend some time drinking between courses, but the waiter couldn't seem to space anything out appropriately - each course was right on top of each other. they don't seem to have any sort of service system, which is strange for a restaurant at this price point. It seemed more like eating at a Friday's than somewhere on park avenue.\r\n\r\nfood wise - spanikopta was above average, nothing to write home about. Classic greek salad was dressed very nicely.\r\n\r\nFor mains, the baked snapper was excellent. i highly recommend this as some of the best i have had in the city. the souvlaki, on the other hand, was horrible. You will find far better quality on the typical lunch cart around town. The lamb, in particular, is something that I would deem completely inedible.\r\n\r\nDessert was good - but, stay away from the dessert wines unless you know your stuff. We asked questions about some of the different offerings, but all the staff could do was bring the bottle for us to read! \r\n\r\nOverall, I'd say about average. Nothing makes me want to go back, but I wouldn't turn down an invite...

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★★★☆☆

\r\noverall an average to slightly above average experience. the service definitely felt rushed - we were prepared to spend some time drinking between courses, but the waiter couldn't seem to space anything out appropriately - each course was right on top of each other. they don't seem to have any sort of service system, which is strange for a restaurant at this price point. It seemed more like eating at a Friday's than somewhere on park avenue.\r\n\r\nfood wise - spanikopta was above average, nothing to write home about. Classic greek salad was dressed very nicely.\r\n\r\nFor mains, the baked snapper was excellent. i highly recommend this as some of the best i have had in the city. the souvlaki, on the other hand, was horrible. You will find far better quality on the typical lunch cart around town. The lamb, in particular, is something that I would deem completely inedible.\r\n\r\nDessert was good - but, stay away from the dessert wines unless you know your stuff. We asked questions about some of the different offerings, but all the staff could do was bring the bottle for us to read! \r\n\r\nOverall, I'd say about average. Nothing makes me want to go back, but I wouldn't turn down an invite...

Pros: good fish dishes

Cons: weak service

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I went for my birthday a few days ago, and it's a nice place. The ambiance is old, but easy enough to be around. We sat on the pillows which were nice. First off we felt rushed. The restuarant on a Monday wasn't even packed, but we had to keep asking for some extra time each time they came around to ask our drink orders or our appetizers. You figure you would be able to sit talk a bit and not 2 minutes later asked what we wanted to drink. That was the pace the whole night. They wanted to take our appetizers before we were done, and dessert they wanted to take away even before it was finished and we were sharing it too. For me service was OK at best. The food was also rushed out as well which just means it's sitting in the back waiting. i had the Charred octopus, which was a little over seasoned and extremely oily but good, and the scallops for the main course was good. If someone asked me where to go for dinner this would not be my first recommendation. This place i think would be good if you are just walking in, and not expecting anything from it. I went in expecting something amazing and it was just good.

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★★★☆☆

I went for my birthday a few days ago, and it's a nice place. The ambiance is old, but easy enough to be around. We sat on the pillows which were nice. First off we felt rushed. The restuarant on a Monday wasn't even packed, but we had to keep asking for some extra time each time they came around to ask our drink orders or our appetizers. You figure you would be able to sit talk a bit and not 2 minutes later asked what we wanted to drink. That was the pace the whole night. They wanted to take our appetizers before we were done, and dessert they wanted to take away even before it was finished and we were sharing it too. For me service was OK at best. The food was also rushed out as well which just means it's sitting in the back waiting. i had the Charred octopus, which was a little over seasoned and extremely oily but good, and the scallops for the main course was good. If someone asked me where to go for dinner this would not be my first recommendation. This place i think would be good if you are just walking in, and not expecting anything from it. I went in expecting something amazing and it was just good.

Pros: Very pretty, comfortable pillows, and nice looking bar

Cons: Rushed service, and heavy on the salt

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Me & 6 girlfriends went to Barbounia on friday night and had the best time! it was 8 o'clock and we didn't have a reservation but were quickly sat at the ""communal table"". I ordered a cocktail called the ""Pandora"" with Bulldog gin, lemongrass, sage, and litchi foam. AMAZING! We ordered a whole bunch of appetizers (or ""mezze"" as they're called) to share. It was so much fun passing the plates around and sharing with good friends. We all loved the hummus and spreads with fresh baked flatbread. Stuffed grape leaves, Spanikopita, Stuffed Zuchini Blossom, Greek Loukanika Sausage, Grilled Haloumi Cheese, and Tuna Tartar with Watermelon and Kalamata olives all delivered lots of flavor. Salads were fresh and flavorful. Entrees were just as great. One of my friends who is Lebanese, had the Vermicelli pasta with lentils, fried onions, mint, and yogurt sauce and said that it was just like her grandmother makes. The scallops were unforgetable and the highlight of our meal. Everyone agreed handsdown. \r\n\r\nThere are two great things about Barbounia. The food and the ""Scenery"". And by scenery I don't just mean the plush drapes and huge pillars, but also the crowd. We saw alot of hot guys, and one group of guys even joined us at the communal table. The kitchen is open so you can see the action and BTW, even the chef is a hottie!\r\n\r\nAnother great thing about Barbounia (I guess that's three) is that the whole dinner for seven of us was only \r\n$190. It helped that our new friends were buying us drinks, but that's still pretty cheap! Definately a must if you haven't already. And, this Gramercy spot is close to lot's of other areas (Chelsea, Union Square, East Village) if you need a spot to pre-party before hitting the clubs.

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★★★★★

Me & 6 girlfriends went to Barbounia on friday night and had the best time! it was 8 o'clock and we didn't have a reservation but were quickly sat at the ""communal table"". I ordered a cocktail called the ""Pandora"" with Bulldog gin, lemongrass, sage, and litchi foam. AMAZING! We ordered a whole bunch of appetizers (or ""mezze"" as they're called) to share. It was so much fun passing the plates around and sharing with good friends. We all loved the hummus and spreads with fresh baked flatbread. Stuffed grape leaves, Spanikopita, Stuffed Zuchini Blossom, Greek Loukanika Sausage, Grilled Haloumi Cheese, and Tuna Tartar with Watermelon and Kalamata olives all delivered lots of flavor. Salads were fresh and flavorful. Entrees were just as great. One of my friends who is Lebanese, had the Vermicelli pasta with lentils, fried onions, mint, and yogurt sauce and said that it was just like her grandmother makes. The scallops were unforgetable and the highlight of our meal. Everyone agreed handsdown. \r\n\r\nThere are two great things about Barbounia. The food and the ""Scenery"". And by scenery I don't just mean the plush drapes and huge pillars, but also the crowd. We saw alot of hot guys, and one group of guys even joined us at the communal table. The kitchen is open so you can see the action and BTW, even the chef is a hottie!\r\n\r\nAnother great thing about Barbounia (I guess that's three) is that the whole dinner for seven of us was only \r\n$190. It helped that our new friends were buying us drinks, but that's still pretty cheap! Definately a must if you haven't already. And, this Gramercy spot is close to lot's of other areas (Chelsea, Union Square, East Village) if you need a spot to pre-party before hitting the clubs.

Pros: Communal table, bar scene, hot people

Cons: Busy, Crowded at bar

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Being a Greek working in Manhattan, I decided to visit Barbounia with a few co-workers. At first glance, the environment looked very posh and trendy. I saw quite a few people there, but very little food on the tables. This is very uncharacteristic of your typical REAL Greek restaurant in which the tables are full of hearty portions of appetizers, salads, breads, etc. Our waiter had trouble speaking up and answering our questions. Looking at the menu, the prices seemed typical of a trendy manhattan restaurant. I was not so much concerned with the prices, but with the quality and quantity of the food. I did most of the ordering for the people at my table with the purpose of benchmarking the food to other Mediterranean restaurants. First off there were actually very few Greek dishes on the menu. I ordered the mousaka, which was extremely underportioned, and un-authentic. It tastes good, if you are comparing it to a bowl of chili, because that's practically what was served to me. It was not mousaka. My friend could have had better souvlaki from a street-meat stand, and the falafel another co-worker of mine ordered was extremely hard and dry. Basically, the food was horrible. To top it off, when my co-worker asked if his souvlaki dish came with pita bread, the waiter gave him a surprised look. Then when my co-worker requested a piece of pita bread, our waiter got annoyed and quickly explained it would be an extra $5; almost as if he didn't care to take any more of our orders. We spent over $100 between the four of us and the staff did not want to give us a complimentary free piece of pita bread.\r\n\r\nI'll never go back to this place again. And I would just like to say I'm completley dumbfounded as to how some of the people on this website could give this restaurant such high ratings. You want good food with good portions, go elsewhere... preferably Astoria.

1
★★☆☆☆

Being a Greek working in Manhattan, I decided to visit Barbounia with a few co-workers. At first glance, the environment looked very posh and trendy. I saw quite a few people there, but very little food on the tables. This is very uncharacteristic of your typical REAL Greek restaurant in which the tables are full of hearty portions of appetizers, salads, breads, etc. Our waiter had trouble speaking up and answering our questions. Looking at the menu, the prices seemed typical of a trendy manhattan restaurant. I was not so much concerned with the prices, but with the quality and quantity of the food. I did most of the ordering for the people at my table with the purpose of benchmarking the food to other Mediterranean restaurants. First off there were actually very few Greek dishes on the menu. I ordered the mousaka, which was extremely underportioned, and un-authentic. It tastes good, if you are comparing it to a bowl of chili, because that's practically what was served to me. It was not mousaka. My friend could have had better souvlaki from a street-meat stand, and the falafel another co-worker of mine ordered was extremely hard and dry. Basically, the food was horrible. To top it off, when my co-worker asked if his souvlaki dish came with pita bread, the waiter gave him a surprised look. Then when my co-worker requested a piece of pita bread, our waiter got annoyed and quickly explained it would be an extra $5; almost as if he didn't care to take any more of our orders. We spent over $100 between the four of us and the staff did not want to give us a complimentary free piece of pita bread.\r\n\r\nI'll never go back to this place again. And I would just like to say I'm completley dumbfounded as to how some of the people on this website could give this restaurant such high ratings. You want good food with good portions, go elsewhere... preferably Astoria.

Pros: A lot of hot girls, nice environment

Cons: Food quality and quantity. Staff

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The ambiance, cute decor and deliciously comfortable seating really did outweigh the food. My biggest problem with this place was it never seemed to try very hard in terms of flavor, plating... anything else you'd expect from a relatively expensive establishment. My boyfriend ordered a $27 lambchop dish that was tiny, undercooked and with potatoes that tasted like the chef had boiled them, chopped them and that was it. I had a red snapper, which is supposed to be one of their best dishes, but it also lacked any kind of umph. It was resting on a heap of cooked veggies marginally flavored by some kind of broth. I got the feeling I could have cooked it myself, and trust me, I'm no chef. The plate of saganaki, which cost $12, came with four tiny slices of bread, and the cheese was surprisingly untasty. It was cheese! How do you drain the flavor out of cheese?? Karavas in the Village's saganaki was half the price, twice the size and ultimately, more delicious. Oh, and a bottle of Stella took 20 minutes to come. A bottle. The waitress said the bar was backed up, but jeez... is it that hard to pop a cap off?

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★★★☆☆

The ambiance, cute decor and deliciously comfortable seating really did outweigh the food. My biggest problem with this place was it never seemed to try very hard in terms of flavor, plating... anything else you'd expect from a relatively expensive establishment. My boyfriend ordered a $27 lambchop dish that was tiny, undercooked and with potatoes that tasted like the chef had boiled them, chopped them and that was it. I had a red snapper, which is supposed to be one of their best dishes, but it also lacked any kind of umph. It was resting on a heap of cooked veggies marginally flavored by some kind of broth. I got the feeling I could have cooked it myself, and trust me, I'm no chef. The plate of saganaki, which cost $12, came with four tiny slices of bread, and the cheese was surprisingly untasty. It was cheese! How do you drain the flavor out of cheese?? Karavas in the Village's saganaki was half the price, twice the size and ultimately, more delicious. Oh, and a bottle of Stella took 20 minutes to come. A bottle. The waitress said the bar was backed up, but jeez... is it that hard to pop a cap off?

Pros: ambience, seating, watching the chefs was fun...

Cons: bland food, slow service

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Love Love Love going here, the place is alive and fun. I didn't know much about it til I found it on newnewyorker ( dot) com I love whatever they tell me about this great City. The food is really great at BARBOUNIA, I recommend it for both pickies or a full dinner.. Desserts are too good to discuss...

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★★★★★

Love Love Love going here, the place is alive and fun. I didn't know much about it til I found it on newnewyorker ( dot) com I love whatever they tell me about this great City. The food is really great at BARBOUNIA, I recommend it for both pickies or a full dinner.. Desserts are too good to discuss...

Pros: trendy looking and fun to sit there

Cons: hard to park if u have a car

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I went to Barbounia last night with my husband and parents. The hostess was very pleasant and our waiter was phenomonal! He was friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole dinner a fun experience. The flatbread and dipping spreads are amazing- the tzatziki and hummos are so delicious, as is the bread right out of the oven. I highly recommend for a nice and unique dinner choice.

2
★★★★☆

I went to Barbounia last night with my husband and parents. The hostess was very pleasant and our waiter was phenomonal! He was friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole dinner a fun experience. The flatbread and dipping spreads are amazing- the tzatziki and hummos are so delicious, as is the bread right out of the oven. I highly recommend for a nice and unique dinner choice.

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Truly the most amazing restuarant I have ever been to! I walked past it on my way to eat Mexican with my boyfriend but our plans quickly changed once we peeked inside. We did go on a Sunday so it was relatively quiet and we had the most attentive, kind waiter called Sergio (like a Mediterranean Hank Azaria), who really stood out exceptionally. \r\n\r\nIt has been so long since I have had a meal where suddenly remember that cooking is an art and you savour every mouthful! The salads are as perfect as you can get...I promise you will notice! I had the chicken with lemon roasted potatoes. The spinach. Every ingredient stood out! The prawns my boyfriend had with roasted tomatoes and feta. The fries. Every mouthful was heaven. And then the warm chocolate cake souffle - and my boyfriend is an expert - beats out anything he has ever tried anywhere and we have been touring deserts recently!! \r\n\r\nThe one possible downside to the meal was the two violently botoxed people sitting at the table next to us -- you know, the bald 40-year old with the big, flashy blue Blackberry (who'll tell you he's not really bald, but he shaves his head because it's ""the new hot thing""), dressed like Liberace had Liberace done his shopping at Jack's 99 Cents; and his wife, so surgically enhanced her mouth looked like a scar in the middle of overblown plastic souffle; who made sure to very loudly, very obnoxiously contest, complain, and just generally be rude about every little thing throughout dinner. They didn't like the table, they took 20 minutes to order but then complained that they were in a rush and THEN stuck around eating all night, they complained that the water wasn't cold enough, that the Babaganoush wasn't nice, that the salad didn't have enough paprika (IT'S A SALAD!) etc, etc. Luckily enough, the aforementioned Sergio handled them perfectly, like a wise, patient father keeping his two spoilt little brats under control. \r\n\r\nThe whole experience was something I had to get out - so GO!

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★★★★★

Truly the most amazing restuarant I have ever been to! I walked past it on my way to eat Mexican with my boyfriend but our plans quickly changed once we peeked inside. We did go on a Sunday so it was relatively quiet and we had the most attentive, kind waiter called Sergio (like a Mediterranean Hank Azaria), who really stood out exceptionally. \r\n\r\nIt has been so long since I have had a meal where suddenly remember that cooking is an art and you savour every mouthful! The salads are as perfect as you can get...I promise you will notice! I had the chicken with lemon roasted potatoes. The spinach. Every ingredient stood out! The prawns my boyfriend had with roasted tomatoes and feta. The fries. Every mouthful was heaven. And then the warm chocolate cake souffle - and my boyfriend is an expert - beats out anything he has ever tried anywhere and we have been touring deserts recently!! \r\n\r\nThe one possible downside to the meal was the two violently botoxed people sitting at the table next to us -- you know, the bald 40-year old with the big, flashy blue Blackberry (who'll tell you he's not really bald, but he shaves his head because it's ""the new hot thing""), dressed like Liberace had Liberace done his shopping at Jack's 99 Cents; and his wife, so surgically enhanced her mouth looked like a scar in the middle of overblown plastic souffle; who made sure to very loudly, very obnoxiously contest, complain, and just generally be rude about every little thing throughout dinner. They didn't like the table, they took 20 minutes to order but then complained that they were in a rush and THEN stuck around eating all night, they complained that the water wasn't cold enough, that the Babaganoush wasn't nice, that the salad didn't have enough paprika (IT'S A SALAD!) etc, etc. Luckily enough, the aforementioned Sergio handled them perfectly, like a wise, patient father keeping his two spoilt little brats under control. \r\n\r\nThe whole experience was something I had to get out - so GO!

Pros: The food. The Service.

Cons: You wish you could taste everything.

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When my friend and I walked in, the hostess totally checked me up and down, finally staring at my handbag. Her eyes were on me the entire time I walked toward her, but when I reached her, she turned her head away! I had to stand there for a few seconds until I finally got her ?attention.? When I told her my last name which is a very simple 4-letter surname, she said ?What?? with a twisted face as if it were the most bizarre name in the entire world. I finally said to her, ?Is there a problem?? She replied defensively, ?I was just asking because I couldn?t hear you,? as if I were being unreasonable. So I said ?I was just wondering because there was no hello, no smile and this attitude.? Nice way to start dinner.\r\n\r\nIt was Oscar Sunday so the restaurant was almost empty. The hostess walked us to a table and pulled it out, but only so that there was barely a 6-inch gap between our table and the next one. I was confused since there was no way anyone over 10 could squeeze in and asked ?Wait, this table or the next one?? She looked at me silently. I said again, ?I?m asking because there?s no way I can get in here?? Then she said with this total street attitude, ?You can move the table, you know?? We couldn?t believe how haughty and superior she was but possessed no class or sense of service.\r\n\r\nOur waiter was extremely nice but not very well informed. When I ordered a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, he warned me that it was ?semi-dry and semi-sweet,? so I ordered something else. Later, my friend asked for the same Sauvignon Blanc and the waiter repeated this again, so I asked ?Is it a late-harvest?? He said, ?No, but all Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough are semi-sweet.? I corrected him and he was embarrassed and started mentioning the tropical fruit aromas, and I said, ?Just because there?re fruit characteristics in a wine doesn?t make it sweet.? \r\n\r\nIn any case, we thought the decor and the food were great but the hostess was scary.

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★★★☆☆

When my friend and I walked in, the hostess totally checked me up and down, finally staring at my handbag. Her eyes were on me the entire time I walked toward her, but when I reached her, she turned her head away! I had to stand there for a few seconds until I finally got her ?attention.? When I told her my last name which is a very simple 4-letter surname, she said ?What?? with a twisted face as if it were the most bizarre name in the entire world. I finally said to her, ?Is there a problem?? She replied defensively, ?I was just asking because I couldn?t hear you,? as if I were being unreasonable. So I said ?I was just wondering because there was no hello, no smile and this attitude.? Nice way to start dinner.\r\n\r\nIt was Oscar Sunday so the restaurant was almost empty. The hostess walked us to a table and pulled it out, but only so that there was barely a 6-inch gap between our table and the next one. I was confused since there was no way anyone over 10 could squeeze in and asked ?Wait, this table or the next one?? She looked at me silently. I said again, ?I?m asking because there?s no way I can get in here?? Then she said with this total street attitude, ?You can move the table, you know?? We couldn?t believe how haughty and superior she was but possessed no class or sense of service.\r\n\r\nOur waiter was extremely nice but not very well informed. When I ordered a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, he warned me that it was ?semi-dry and semi-sweet,? so I ordered something else. Later, my friend asked for the same Sauvignon Blanc and the waiter repeated this again, so I asked ?Is it a late-harvest?? He said, ?No, but all Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough are semi-sweet.? I corrected him and he was embarrassed and started mentioning the tropical fruit aromas, and I said, ?Just because there?re fruit characteristics in a wine doesn?t make it sweet.? \r\n\r\nIn any case, we thought the decor and the food were great but the hostess was scary.

Pros: Very good food, nice decor

Cons: Scary hostess, mis-informed waiter who pushes extra dishes

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I was there last Thursday with a group of friends and had a wonderful time from beginning to end! The entire staff was friendly and accommodating, including letting us know when our table was going to be ready to pulling over an additional table when two unexpected joiners came (what can i say, they where out-of-towners). The food was excellent and the table service was perfect. I usually try to stay away from big Park Avenue restaurants, but some how they managed to win me over. Thanks again to the Maitre'D and the staff!

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★★★★☆

I was there last Thursday with a group of friends and had a wonderful time from beginning to end! The entire staff was friendly and accommodating, including letting us know when our table was going to be ready to pulling over an additional table when two unexpected joiners came (what can i say, they where out-of-towners). The food was excellent and the table service was perfect. I usually try to stay away from big Park Avenue restaurants, but some how they managed to win me over. Thanks again to the Maitre'D and the staff!

Pros: food was excellent, great service & friendly staff

Cons: too bright

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I dined at Barbounia with 4 of my friends last night and it was fantastic. We originally went there because of restaurant week, but the normal menu had so many wonderful options that decided not to stick to the restaurant week menu. We ended up sharing a number of appetizers and entrees. The souvlaki was very tasty and tender, the entree prawns were outstanding and the mouzzaka was great. The only dish that was disappointing was the calamari - it was very ordinary. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful, giving us good suggestions on the food and wine. It will definitely get a repeat visit.

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★★★★★

I dined at Barbounia with 4 of my friends last night and it was fantastic. We originally went there because of restaurant week, but the normal menu had so many wonderful options that decided not to stick to the restaurant week menu. We ended up sharing a number of appetizers and entrees. The souvlaki was very tasty and tender, the entree prawns were outstanding and the mouzzaka was great. The only dish that was disappointing was the calamari - it was very ordinary. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful, giving us good suggestions on the food and wine. It will definitely get a repeat visit.

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absolutely perfect! hosted my 30th birthday there for a group of 10. extremely accomodating. the food and decor were to die for! I was afraid it would work out to expensive, but the total bill was actually very reasonable and we all left happy!

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★★★★☆

absolutely perfect! hosted my 30th birthday there for a group of 10. extremely accomodating. the food and decor were to die for! I was afraid it would work out to expensive, but the total bill was actually very reasonable and we all left happy!

Pros: decor, food

Cons: nothing!

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Save your money and head for any street corner- any gyro vendor in Manhattan can season up food better than Barbounia. The one exception was the spicy feta appetizer which was so over seasoned I could barely taste my wine. My boyfriend's fish was so incredibly bland he didn't finish it- and trust me, for him that's saying a lot. My souvlaki platter was standard- nothing interesting about it. It could have easily passed off as re-plated food from some east village hole in the wall. The only high point was the wine, but even that was difficult to select, as their selection of reasonably priced decent reds was sorely lacking. \r\nWhen we arrived, early in the evening, before the rush, the service was so overly attentive we felt like our table was being stalked- our plates were snatched up as soon as we finished the last bite. But by the end of the evening, the attention of the wait staff had seriously waned.\r\nThe decor and ambiance of the restauant is almost gorgeous- but it looks like they ran out of money- or ran out of taste- right before they finished. The expansive glass windows, high arched ceilings, and open kitchen are beautiful. The bench seating with pillows is romantic and cozy. So it begs the question, whose bright idea was it to drape fake ivy all over this beautiful space? It looks like leftover decor from an Olive Garden in New Jersey, or props from a third grade play. \r\nOverall, I'd say spend your money elsewhere. We won't be back.

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★★☆☆☆

Save your money and head for any street corner- any gyro vendor in Manhattan can season up food better than Barbounia. The one exception was the spicy feta appetizer which was so over seasoned I could barely taste my wine. My boyfriend's fish was so incredibly bland he didn't finish it- and trust me, for him that's saying a lot. My souvlaki platter was standard- nothing interesting about it. It could have easily passed off as re-plated food from some east village hole in the wall. The only high point was the wine, but even that was difficult to select, as their selection of reasonably priced decent reds was sorely lacking. \r\nWhen we arrived, early in the evening, before the rush, the service was so overly attentive we felt like our table was being stalked- our plates were snatched up as soon as we finished the last bite. But by the end of the evening, the attention of the wait staff had seriously waned.\r\nThe decor and ambiance of the restauant is almost gorgeous- but it looks like they ran out of money- or ran out of taste- right before they finished. The expansive glass windows, high arched ceilings, and open kitchen are beautiful. The bench seating with pillows is romantic and cozy. So it begs the question, whose bright idea was it to drape fake ivy all over this beautiful space? It looks like leftover decor from an Olive Garden in New Jersey, or props from a third grade play. \r\nOverall, I'd say spend your money elsewhere. We won't be back.

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This is a beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere (I specially liked the ceiling). We liked very much the food. It was very well prepared and very fresh. The service was good, the waiter was spontaneously kind. The wine recommendations were accurate and very reasonable in prices.

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★★★★☆

This is a beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere (I specially liked the ceiling). We liked very much the food. It was very well prepared and very fresh. The service was good, the waiter was spontaneously kind. The wine recommendations were accurate and very reasonable in prices.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

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This restaurant was visually beautiful (maybe one of the prettiest places I've seen in a long time), the food was *excellent*, the service attentive. I went for a work lunch and it was pretty quiet. I ordered a flatbread pizza type dish that had fresh figs and prosciutto on it - a really nice blend of salty and sweet flavors. For dessert we had the chocolate bread pudding - which looked like an overgrown muffin sitting on a cloud of cream - and came with a tiny scoop of pure vanilla ice cream. The thing that impressed me most was that they and had some staple Greek dishes, but also experimented with those traditional flavors.

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★★★★★

This restaurant was visually beautiful (maybe one of the prettiest places I've seen in a long time), the food was *excellent*, the service attentive. I went for a work lunch and it was pretty quiet. I ordered a flatbread pizza type dish that had fresh figs and prosciutto on it - a really nice blend of salty and sweet flavors. For dessert we had the chocolate bread pudding - which looked like an overgrown muffin sitting on a cloud of cream - and came with a tiny scoop of pure vanilla ice cream. The thing that impressed me most was that they and had some staple Greek dishes, but also experimented with those traditional flavors.

Pros: atmosphere, service, high quality

Cons: price if you're on a budget

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Who would've known Greek could be so chic on the east side? Outside of the Greek havens in Astoria, will one find such dressy Greek culinary fare at this location. Come with plenty of $$$ and enjoy a great time with some snazzy drinks.

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★★★★☆

Who would've known Greek could be so chic on the east side? Outside of the Greek havens in Astoria, will one find such dressy Greek culinary fare at this location. Come with plenty of $$$ and enjoy a great time with some snazzy drinks.

Pros: Food, Decor

Cons: Crowded, Service, Expensive

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I chanced upon this place a couple of years back before the decor changed from white crystals in the center to what it is now. I still loved the food but missed the crystals! I recently took my parents to this place telling them about how good it was, and realized that the chef had changed. The food was not good anymore. I thought of giving this place another chance last weekend for old times sake, and was highly disappointed. \r\n\r\nFirst get the rules straight before you go here:\r\n1) You cannot ask for another seat other than what the host/hostess directs you to - be prepared to hear a very firm ""I don't think so"" if you request change despite the restaurant being empty (BTW if you do remain standing and look at the hostess like she is crazy, you may get your seat of choice)\r\n2) You have to order appetizers and entrees at the same time - they will not accept separate orders for both. Maybe they need more time to prepare - if so, they should say it to the customer rather than just insist that you order at the same time.\r\n3) Be prepared for waiters to hover over you so that as soon as you finish they can take your plate\r\n\r\nThe service and food no longer measure up, which is why I had to change my previously positive review. Food portions have also declined. I will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I chanced upon this place a couple of years back before the decor changed from white crystals in the center to what it is now. I still loved the food but missed the crystals! I recently took my parents to this place telling them about how good it was, and realized that the chef had changed. The food was not good anymore. I thought of giving this place another chance last weekend for old times sake, and was highly disappointed. \r\n\r\nFirst get the rules straight before you go here:\r\n1) You cannot ask for another seat other than what the host/hostess directs you to - be prepared to hear a very firm ""I don't think so"" if you request change despite the restaurant being empty (BTW if you do remain standing and look at the hostess like she is crazy, you may get your seat of choice)\r\n2) You have to order appetizers and entrees at the same time - they will not accept separate orders for both. Maybe they need more time to prepare - if so, they should say it to the customer rather than just insist that you order at the same time.\r\n3) Be prepared for waiters to hover over you so that as soon as you finish they can take your plate\r\n\r\nThe service and food no longer measure up, which is why I had to change my previously positive review. Food portions have also declined. I will not be going back.

Pros: Very tasty food, wonderful ambience, good service

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Wow. You can't get better than this...sex and the city style with totally friendly service and amazing food. Fresh baked bread made right there...try the thinly sliced cured meat platter. Wine list is one of the best I've seen -- all prices, and top quality with a sommelier that really guided us along. Go to Barbounia!

PROS: Delicious Mediterranean brasserie -- pretty space -- loved it!
CONS: busy, so you might have to wait a bit...but fabulous long bar to wait in!

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★★★★★

Wow. You can't get better than this...sex and the city style with totally friendly service and amazing food. Fresh baked bread made right there...try the thinly sliced cured meat platter. Wine list is one of the best I've seen -- all prices, and top quality with a sommelier that really guided us along. Go to Barbounia!

PROS: Delicious Mediterranean brasserie -- pretty space -- loved it!
CONS: busy, so you might have to wait a bit...but fabulous long bar to wait in!

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Yes the space is gorgeous and the food is good, what there is of it. We were a very large party (10) for lunch and whatever pleasant experience could be derived from the interesting menu and inviting decor was quickly dampened by an incredibly slow kitchen and service that was beyond bad. Let's first address the food. Yes, the imaginative menu offered many interesting dishes and some were excellent. Many, unfortunately, were in portions that they should be ashamed of. Enough said. The kiss of death for us came in the form of impolite waiters who made rare visits to the table and looked like they were at a funeral. If you are going to keep people waiting an hour for a lunch entree, then at least be nice. Come over and say, ""sorry for the delay, is there anything we can get you? More drinks? An appetizer or two on us?"" Not here. They couldn't care less. Finally, the maitre d' came over and rattled off an apology that came too little too late. And as far as that coffee custard they rave about, it would be nice if it tasted like coffee. How this place will stay in business is Greek to me!

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★★☆☆☆

Yes the space is gorgeous and the food is good, what there is of it. We were a very large party (10) for lunch and whatever pleasant experience could be derived from the interesting menu and inviting decor was quickly dampened by an incredibly slow kitchen and service that was beyond bad. Let's first address the food. Yes, the imaginative menu offered many interesting dishes and some were excellent. Many, unfortunately, were in portions that they should be ashamed of. Enough said. The kiss of death for us came in the form of impolite waiters who made rare visits to the table and looked like they were at a funeral. If you are going to keep people waiting an hour for a lunch entree, then at least be nice. Come over and say, ""sorry for the delay, is there anything we can get you? More drinks? An appetizer or two on us?"" Not here. They couldn't care less. Finally, the maitre d' came over and rattled off an apology that came too little too late. And as far as that coffee custard they rave about, it would be nice if it tasted like coffee. How this place will stay in business is Greek to me!

Pros: Gorgeous space. Maybe ok for a drink and an appy at the cool bar.

Cons: Dreadful service and impolite staff.

Message from Barbounia

Come join us in our beautiful dining room with some the "best seating in the city." We specialize in fresh Mediterranean cuisine with Greek, Turkish and Italian influences. While relaxing on our plush banquettes with a specialty drink from the bar, you will feel as though you are in a Greek palace surround by bulbous white columns. We feature octopus nicoise, souvlaki kebabs served with mint-flavored tahini however out specialty is our fresh-grilled fish including dorado or branzino. Our lamb chops are among the best in the city which go very well our ouzo menthe cocktail (lemonade, ouzo, mint). End your meal by endulging in our signature house panna cotta made with yogurt or the cigar-shaped phyllo filled with spiced apples.

Editorial from

Beyond the heavy, over-size wooden doors is a Mediterranean oasis---sand-colored walls swathed in lustrous silky fabrics, lotus blossom-lit archways and an elaborate chandelier made of feathers. The airy space, named for a red mullet fish,…

Key Points

  • Fresh Fish from the Grill
  • Awarded "Best Lamb chops- NYC"
  • "Most Comfortable dining"
 

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