I have been to Barbetta many times and I find the latest reviews pretty unfair and inappropriate. I admit that the decor is not everybody's taste, but this historic restaurant is certainly unique and deserves a lot more respect. There must be a reason why this place is around for more than 100 years and there are indeed many: Whoever looks for a romantic, quiet, and cozy place to eat off the bustling and hectic streets of New York should go to Barbetta. In particular, the beautifully lit and decorated garden transforms you into another world, you will not believe that you sit in a restaurant in Manhattan. The food has always been tasty, delicious, and original, I can highly recommend the gnocchetti, the ravioli, the lamb, or any dessert. The wine list is impressive. I hope that Barbetta stays around for many more years and that the customers appreciate the beauty of the garden and the great taste of the food.
Pros: Most beautiful garden in town, great original Italian food
Cons: a bit pricey