Bar-Bo-Ne

★★★★☆
  • 186 Avenue B

    New York, NY 10009

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  • 212-254-6047

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Tues Fri 6-11:30 pm, Sat 11:45 am-11:30 pm, Sun: 11:345 pm-10:30 pm

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Not sure what I missed here, the place got great reviews but my experience was sub par. We ordered the octopus it was very small and not good, then we had the eggplant parm which had sauce that tasted like it was right out of a jar. We

3
★★★★★

Not sure what I missed here, the place got great reviews but my experience was sub par. We ordered the octopus it was very small and not good, then we had the eggplant parm which had sauce that tasted like it was right out of a jar. We

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This is a beautiful little diamond in the middle of the city, I walked in the first time and i was greeted by the owner, his name is Albert, and to this day, three years later, as a regular customer he still greets me when i walk in to

3
★★★★★

This is a beautiful little diamond in the middle of the city, I walked in the first time and i was greeted by the owner, his name is Albert, and to this day, three years later, as a regular customer he still greets me when i walk in to

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This place is awesome been coming here for years live blocks away. Albert is so attentive...food creative and tasty..specials are wonderful and wine selection great. love this place never been disappointed..great date spot you can dine and actually converse at same time. Stop reading and go!

2
★★★★★

This place is awesome been coming here for years live blocks away. Albert is so attentive...food creative and tasty..specials are wonderful and wine selection great. love this place never been disappointed..great date spot you can dine and actually converse at same time. Stop reading and go!

Pros: Owner greets you personally waitstaff charming

Cons: sometimes to full to get in

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This is one of our all time favorite places in the neighborhood. The food and the service are wonderful and we've taken many, many people here over the years. Our friends rave over the regular menu and the specials. So do we!

2
★★★★★

This is one of our all time favorite places in the neighborhood. The food and the service are wonderful and we've taken many, many people here over the years. Our friends rave over the regular menu and the specials. So do we!

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A great place to kick back, relax, spend some good hours with friends and enjoy absolutely first rate home-style Italian specialties.
What a joy to find a comfortable place with well-spaced tables, no blaring "music," good wines/drinks and a cuisine that brings back memories of evenings in Italy.
Charming service, great atmosphere and a cuisine that will bring us back.
Yummy wine list and expertly mixed drinks (our Martinis were A-1) and a charming wait staff add to the attractiveness of this welcoming place. Bravi!

2
★★★★☆

A great place to kick back, relax, spend some good hours with friends and enjoy absolutely first rate home-style Italian specialties.
What a joy to find a comfortable place with well-spaced tables, no blaring "music," good wines/drinks and a cuisine that brings back memories of evenings in Italy.
Charming service, great atmosphere and a cuisine that will bring us back.
Yummy wine list and expertly mixed drinks (our Martinis were A-1) and a charming wait staff add to the attractiveness of this welcoming place. Bravi!

Pros: Wine list, Martinis, out-of-the-ordinary dishes

Cons: You gotta be kidding!

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I have lived in the city for nearly 5 years and acquired several favorite spots; this is at the top of my "100% guaranteed great meal" list. The food is simple and fresh - all pastas are homemade on-site each morning with the exception of the spaghetti and linguini. My favorite dishes are the asparagus fries and red beet gnocchi. The homemade cheesecake mascarpone is out of this world. The owner, Alberto, is a true gentleman and caters to his diner's needs. We've taken our parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances with us to Bar Bone and have always had a fantastic time and meal. You will truly not be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

I have lived in the city for nearly 5 years and acquired several favorite spots; this is at the top of my "100% guaranteed great meal" list. The food is simple and fresh - all pastas are homemade on-site each morning with the exception of the spaghetti and linguini. My favorite dishes are the asparagus fries and red beet gnocchi. The homemade cheesecake mascarpone is out of this world. The owner, Alberto, is a true gentleman and caters to his diner's needs. We've taken our parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances with us to Bar Bone and have always had a fantastic time and meal. You will truly not be disappointed.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience

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Unbelievable experience!!!. The wine list was excellent. Such a tasty food. Cozy atmosphere. The owner Alberto is the best. He makes you feel like you are home. The staff is very welcoming. I will recommend this place to anyone who is visiting New York.

2
★★★★★

Unbelievable experience!!!. The wine list was excellent. Such a tasty food. Cozy atmosphere. The owner Alberto is the best. He makes you feel like you are home. The staff is very welcoming. I will recommend this place to anyone who is visiting New York.

Pros: Food/Wine/Owner

Cons: None

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Went there on a Friday assuming the place was going to be packed and there was nobody. The hostess even decided to order dinner right there and eat it with her soit-disant boy friend... Friend of mine ordered beef and it was so bad he returned it...

1
★★★☆☆

Went there on a Friday assuming the place was going to be packed and there was nobody. The hostess even decided to order dinner right there and eat it with her soit-disant boy friend... Friend of mine ordered beef and it was so bad he returned it...

Pros: Location, nice garden

Cons: Food can be bad

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I remember this place when it was Joeys.. a seedy bar with rodents in the garden.. this might be why i couldnt eat the food (which was overpriced and not that good) without thinking about how poor a job they have done in redoing the place...
i had the beet appetizer and the grilled calamari appetizer -- and water- for $30!!!!
the graden is ok-- but i am sure all the dirt is still there..

1
★★☆☆☆

I remember this place when it was Joeys.. a seedy bar with rodents in the garden.. this might be why i couldnt eat the food (which was overpriced and not that good) without thinking about how poor a job they have done in redoing the place...
i had the beet appetizer and the grilled calamari appetizer -- and water- for $30!!!!
the graden is ok-- but i am sure all the dirt is still there..

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This place is truly a gem. Whether you go by yourself or with a large group, the service is always friendly, helpful, and comfortable. The owner is this wonderful guy who puts everyone at home. I have never had a bad dish there, and though it sounds corny, it tastes like everything there is made with love. The garden is an unexpected surprise. The wine list is well appointed and rather extensive and has enough variety to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. I just love this place and think everyone should try it before you can't get a reservation!!!

2
★★★★★

This place is truly a gem. Whether you go by yourself or with a large group, the service is always friendly, helpful, and comfortable. The owner is this wonderful guy who puts everyone at home. I have never had a bad dish there, and though it sounds corny, it tastes like everything there is made with love. The garden is an unexpected surprise. The wine list is well appointed and rather extensive and has enough variety to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. I just love this place and think everyone should try it before you can't get a reservation!!!

Pros: Great wine list, terrific food, lovely garden

Cons: NONE!!

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I had dinner here last night, and everything was outstanding. The service was great, and the food was perfect. I had the scallops, my friend had the steak, and we shared a filled pasta - I had high expectations, and they were exceeded. The back garden was very nice, and the inside was well done. It is definitely a new favorite.

2
★★★★★

I had dinner here last night, and everything was outstanding. The service was great, and the food was perfect. I had the scallops, my friend had the steak, and we shared a filled pasta - I had high expectations, and they were exceeded. The back garden was very nice, and the inside was well done. It is definitely a new favorite.

Pros: Food, service, location

Cons: None

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We went for the first time last night. Arived at about 7:30p and the restaurant looked empty. Was this really where we wanted to go? The man at the door (who turned out to be the owner) saw our apprehension and with an honest smile (like he knew we were in for a surprise) said come on in, everyone's in the Garden. We followed him though what looked liked a small, typical Italian restaurant to a LARGE bustling outdoor space. We were surprised.

The food was excellent. The flavors were perfectly blended. The wine list was clearly put together by someone who knew what they were doing.

As for a previous comment about the wait staff. As a previous waiter myself, I can tell you when a restaurant first opens it's difficult to get good help. Good help typically already has a job and will only move to a new location if it's proven to be profitable (e.g. customers willing to spend, an owner willing to wait out the initial limited volume).

Barbone hasn't been open a year and people were waiting for tables (on a Wednesday night nonetheless).

We will be regulars (if we can continue to get in).

2
★★★★★

We went for the first time last night. Arived at about 7:30p and the restaurant looked empty. Was this really where we wanted to go? The man at the door (who turned out to be the owner) saw our apprehension and with an honest smile (like he knew we were in for a surprise) said come on in, everyone's in the Garden. We followed him though what looked liked a small, typical Italian restaurant to a LARGE bustling outdoor space. We were surprised.

The food was excellent. The flavors were perfectly blended. The wine list was clearly put together by someone who knew what they were doing.

As for a previous comment about the wait staff. As a previous waiter myself, I can tell you when a restaurant first opens it's difficult to get good help. Good help typically already has a job and will only move to a new location if it's proven to be profitable (e.g. customers willing to spend, an owner willing to wait out the initial limited volume).

Barbone hasn't been open a year and people were waiting for tables (on a Wednesday night nonetheless).

We will be regulars (if we can continue to get in).

Pros: Food, wine list and price

Cons: none

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I went once in December and again just tonight and everything was wonderful. I don't know what those folks are talking about regarding the poor service. The owner has been very gracious and extremely excited about his food (Why shouldn't he be!). I always look forward to an opportunity to have dinner here.

2
★★★★★

I went once in December and again just tonight and everything was wonderful. I don't know what those folks are talking about regarding the poor service. The owner has been very gracious and extremely excited about his food (Why shouldn't he be!). I always look forward to an opportunity to have dinner here.

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The food is great (everything you could ask for in Italian) which was why we went back 3 times. We were hoping that when we went back each time there would be a change in server to a friendlier one. Each time there was a different server and each time he/she was unfriendly and aloof which can really dampen the mood. I'll try not to go back, it's hard though.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is great (everything you could ask for in Italian) which was why we went back 3 times. We were hoping that when we went back each time there would be a change in server to a friendlier one. Each time there was a different server and each time he/she was unfriendly and aloof which can really dampen the mood. I'll try not to go back, it's hard though.

Pros: Ambience, Great Italian.

Cons: Unfriendly Servers

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My wife and I come here all the time, bringing new friends each time. Actually heading there tonight because a friend is in town. Nice but casual atmosphere, great, friendly service. The owner, Alberto, is a really nice and takes care of his customers. He is also the mind behind the excellent wine list. Can't miss the asparagus fries. If you love liver, the chicken liver ravioli is awesome. My only gripe was the lamb was rarely tender enough. But lately they seem to have fixed that. Also, the prices can't be beat. We usually end up getting several plates to share and a few bottles of wine and probably end up between $30 to $50 per person.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I come here all the time, bringing new friends each time. Actually heading there tonight because a friend is in town. Nice but casual atmosphere, great, friendly service. The owner, Alberto, is a really nice and takes care of his customers. He is also the mind behind the excellent wine list. Can't miss the asparagus fries. If you love liver, the chicken liver ravioli is awesome. My only gripe was the lamb was rarely tender enough. But lately they seem to have fixed that. Also, the prices can't be beat. We usually end up getting several plates to share and a few bottles of wine and probably end up between $30 to $50 per person.

Pros: Great wine, good food, excellent prices!

Cons: Lamb dishes were not quite tender but are better now.

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Good hearty food from apps to deserts! I live close by and have eaten there at least 6 times and each time has been an excellent dining experience. Their menu is very eclectic and different from the usual Italian joints and the wine list is top drawer. Their outdoor area in the back is really nice and the service is getting better. I highly suggest trying this new, fun place.

2
★★★★☆

Good hearty food from apps to deserts! I live close by and have eaten there at least 6 times and each time has been an excellent dining experience. Their menu is very eclectic and different from the usual Italian joints and the wine list is top drawer. Their outdoor area in the back is really nice and the service is getting better. I highly suggest trying this new, fun place.

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We celebrated a birthday at Bar-bo-ne last Saturday and had an amazing time. The food was delicious with generous portions. We had 20+ people and got 3 large round tables. The staff was great and very accommodating. Unlike most places, I wasn't required to give the precise number of guests, do pre-fix or even put down a credit card. We were allowed to bring our own birthday cake (that the waitress was kind enough to cut for us and serve). The wine was great and reasonably priced. We stayed until 1:30 in the morning and ended up finishing almost a bottle of wine per person.
I would highly recommend Bar-bo-ne in general and for large parties in particular.

2
★★★★★

We celebrated a birthday at Bar-bo-ne last Saturday and had an amazing time. The food was delicious with generous portions. We had 20+ people and got 3 large round tables. The staff was great and very accommodating. Unlike most places, I wasn't required to give the precise number of guests, do pre-fix or even put down a credit card. We were allowed to bring our own birthday cake (that the waitress was kind enough to cut for us and serve). The wine was great and reasonably priced. We stayed until 1:30 in the morning and ended up finishing almost a bottle of wine per person.
I would highly recommend Bar-bo-ne in general and for large parties in particular.

Pros: Great food; inexpensive; great for parties

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Our table ordered the calamari to share and agreed it was a different take on the typical fried appetizer since it was fresh and topped on bruschetta. Everyone who ordered pasta dishes were quite pleased with the quality--I was very happy with the steak (medium rare and so tender). We ended the meal with different desserts. Everyone seemed happier with the cheesecake instead of the flourless chocolate cake.

The waiters themselves were polite but it was the owner who made dinner a very tense and unpleasant experience. Even though we had reservations, he brought the check when we weren't finished yet. Fortunately for him, he has a staff of decent people working for him. If you do go here, go for the food and outside patio in the back-- not for the service.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our table ordered the calamari to share and agreed it was a different take on the typical fried appetizer since it was fresh and topped on bruschetta. Everyone who ordered pasta dishes were quite pleased with the quality--I was very happy with the steak (medium rare and so tender). We ended the meal with different desserts. Everyone seemed happier with the cheesecake instead of the flourless chocolate cake.

The waiters themselves were polite but it was the owner who made dinner a very tense and unpleasant experience. Even though we had reservations, he brought the check when we weren't finished yet. Fortunately for him, he has a staff of decent people working for him. If you do go here, go for the food and outside patio in the back-- not for the service.

Pros: food and waitstaff

Cons: the owner

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We ate at Barbone last Friday for a friend's birthday. I had read all of the wonderful reviews and was excited to try it...and the food proved to be wonderful! But the service was another story...

We arrived promptly for our reservation, and were taken directly to our table and given menus. Where we proceded to sit, for almost 25 minutes, with no attention from the waitstaff, not even someone to take a drink order. When we finally were able to grab someone's attention (the owner? the wine man? Still not sure who it was,), he came over and said nothing. When we then asked to order wine, his exact reply was "Uh, wine?"

This set the course for our service for the rest of the night. As soon as we told him which wine we would like, he said nothing, turned on his heel, and disappeared for another 15 minutes. He eventually returned with the bottle and the same grumpy attitude- refusing to let us order some appetizers without ordering our main courses as well. This man was blatently rude, and made us feel as if we were imposing on his time to place a wine order (ironic, as Barbone prides itself on its wine selection).

Eventually we did manage to wrangle another server for the night, who never once asked if we needed more drinks, bread, anything, and when we finally ordered another bottle, she seemed confused by the request.

The food and the patio were excellent, as was the wine, but the service really ruined the experience for us. We were not in any rush, and would have loved to have a leisurely, relaxed meal, but that was tough to do, as most of the 2.5-3 hours that we spent there was spent waiting on food, wine, or service. The only exception were the busboys, who kept the bread and water coming (at least we had that!)- which is why we tipped them directly at the end of the night!

So overall impression- take out from Barbone may be your best option- at least if you are unfortunate enough to receive the same service that we did!

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★★☆☆☆

We ate at Barbone last Friday for a friend's birthday. I had read all of the wonderful reviews and was excited to try it...and the food proved to be wonderful! But the service was another story...

We arrived promptly for our reservation, and were taken directly to our table and given menus. Where we proceded to sit, for almost 25 minutes, with no attention from the waitstaff, not even someone to take a drink order. When we finally were able to grab someone's attention (the owner? the wine man? Still not sure who it was,), he came over and said nothing. When we then asked to order wine, his exact reply was "Uh, wine?"

This set the course for our service for the rest of the night. As soon as we told him which wine we would like, he said nothing, turned on his heel, and disappeared for another 15 minutes. He eventually returned with the bottle and the same grumpy attitude- refusing to let us order some appetizers without ordering our main courses as well. This man was blatently rude, and made us feel as if we were imposing on his time to place a wine order (ironic, as Barbone prides itself on its wine selection).

Eventually we did manage to wrangle another server for the night, who never once asked if we needed more drinks, bread, anything, and when we finally ordered another bottle, she seemed confused by the request.

The food and the patio were excellent, as was the wine, but the service really ruined the experience for us. We were not in any rush, and would have loved to have a leisurely, relaxed meal, but that was tough to do, as most of the 2.5-3 hours that we spent there was spent waiting on food, wine, or service. The only exception were the busboys, who kept the bread and water coming (at least we had that!)- which is why we tipped them directly at the end of the night!

So overall impression- take out from Barbone may be your best option- at least if you are unfortunate enough to receive the same service that we did!

Pros: Food

Cons: SERVICE!!!!!!!

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Barbone is more interested in making money than in making sure you enjoy your dinner. Seated at adjacent - not adjoined - tables, our orders were taken separately, our service was poorly timed, and our birthday girl was nearly robbed of birthday cake because our bill was presented before we could finish the meal. Upon turning our attention to the bill, our wine-filled glasses and half of the second bottle were stolen from under our noses. Instead of receiving a kind explanation that the staff needed to impose upon us to clear our drinks to the bar in order to seat a new party of 12, our query as to the whereabouts of our wine glasses was dismissed with a gruff wave: Ill get you a new one, just go to the bar!

Some might pardon an arrogant waiter, maitre d or sommelier at a four-star Manhattan establishment, but no business is ever too good to be so rude especially not Barbone. The short rib papardelle and asparagus fries were the only two redeeming dishes of the approximate dozen our party ordered. Olives overpopulated both the watermelon salad and the calamari bruschetta, dominating what should have been fresh, light flavors. Most dishes were oversalted, particularly the penne broccoli rabe. The spaghetti carbonara was an absolute tease as the rich bacon aroma fills the air both inside the restaurant and in the garden, but the dish was dry and bland. And the salmon was just salmon no different than the salmon you would expect to find in Manhattans other 400 Italian eateries.

The restaurant brags uselessly about its kitchen team from Babbos and Le Bernadin, but that's irrelevant if your owner/manager operates the business to turn tables over as if it were an Olive Garden.

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★☆☆☆☆

Barbone is more interested in making money than in making sure you enjoy your dinner. Seated at adjacent - not adjoined - tables, our orders were taken separately, our service was poorly timed, and our birthday girl was nearly robbed of birthday cake because our bill was presented before we could finish the meal. Upon turning our attention to the bill, our wine-filled glasses and half of the second bottle were stolen from under our noses. Instead of receiving a kind explanation that the staff needed to impose upon us to clear our drinks to the bar in order to seat a new party of 12, our query as to the whereabouts of our wine glasses was dismissed with a gruff wave: Ill get you a new one, just go to the bar!

Some might pardon an arrogant waiter, maitre d or sommelier at a four-star Manhattan establishment, but no business is ever too good to be so rude especially not Barbone. The short rib papardelle and asparagus fries were the only two redeeming dishes of the approximate dozen our party ordered. Olives overpopulated both the watermelon salad and the calamari bruschetta, dominating what should have been fresh, light flavors. Most dishes were oversalted, particularly the penne broccoli rabe. The spaghetti carbonara was an absolute tease as the rich bacon aroma fills the air both inside the restaurant and in the garden, but the dish was dry and bland. And the salmon was just salmon no different than the salmon you would expect to find in Manhattans other 400 Italian eateries.

The restaurant brags uselessly about its kitchen team from Babbos and Le Bernadin, but that's irrelevant if your owner/manager operates the business to turn tables over as if it were an Olive Garden.

Pros: Papardelle, asparagus fries and wine list

Cons: Owner is rude

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The food was great...special black pepper fetuccini with mint lamb ragu was excellent. Beautiful backyard patio.

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★★★★★

The food was great...special black pepper fetuccini with mint lamb ragu was excellent. Beautiful backyard patio.

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This restaurant is absoutely fantastic. It is a total hidden find on avenue B (but trust me not for long). Dont be fooled by the area...... the chefs at Barbone have experience at some of the top kitchens around the world. With wine bottles available from all regions of Italy and food to die for, this is a must stop next on your list.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is absoutely fantastic. It is a total hidden find on avenue B (but trust me not for long). Dont be fooled by the area...... the chefs at Barbone have experience at some of the top kitchens around the world. With wine bottles available from all regions of Italy and food to die for, this is a must stop next on your list.

Pros: food, decor, wine

Cons: Location

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Place is beautiful and has great food. Excellent vine list and very well priced. Great selection of vines by quartino.

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★★★★★

Place is beautiful and has great food. Excellent vine list and very well priced. Great selection of vines by quartino.

Editorial from

East Village Italian joints are a dime a dozen, but Barbone sets itself apart from its red sauce brethren with an impressive pedigree in the kitchen and a beautiful back garden. Inside, the vibe is rustic chic, with dark wood and brick…

 

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