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Barbounia

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250 Park Ave S (at at 20th St.)
New York, NY 10003
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Best

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.

Worst

I used to love Barbounia. Sadly, they've changed their menu--and not for the good. They had over twenty ouzos at the bar. Their menu of mezzes, classic Greek dishes and grilled se...

Bad Service 7/11/2011

Not good, due to the offensive service. It one of those places that takes your really nice evening and just craps on it. more

The host was very rude and we waited for an hour an a half 10/4/2010

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. more

The host was very rude and we waited for an hour an a half 10/3/2010

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. more

Pushy Service-OK food 7/1/2010

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 more

Pushy Service-OK food 6/30/2010

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 more

Best Mediterranean Food! 5/28/2010

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 more

Best Mediterranean Food! 5/27/2010

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 more

From to distinctive to boring in three years or less 11/11/2009

I used to love Barbounia. Sadly, they've changed their menu--and not for the good. They had over twenty ouzos at the bar. Their menu of mezzes, classic Greek dishes and grilled seafood was delicious and flavorful. Every time I went over the last couple of years, fewer Greek items were on the menu. They offer one ouzo now. When I went three months ago, the menu had become more North African bistro than anything else--steaks, tagines, etc., plus the prices have steadily gone up. I suppose it's fine if you want a steak frites that's not as tasty as other places that do it well, but I long for their old menu offering. more

Yummmm! Great atmosphere and delicious food! 11/2/2009

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. more

Yummmm! Great atmosphere and delicious food! 11/1/2009

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. more

Holy Cow! 10/23/2009

From the front to the back this is where its at! Pros: Best goddamn desert in town Cons: truthfully nothing more

Holy Cow! 10/22/2009

From the front to the back this is where its at! I 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 more

I could go every night...and still have fun 10/21/2009

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, more

I could go every night...and still have fun 10/20/2009

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, more

the best fish 10/19/2009

one of the best places the food is good and frash Pros: best greek :) more

the best fish 10/18/2009

one of the best places the food is good and frash Pros: best greek :) more

SIMPLY THE BEST 10/8/2009

NO BETTER MID EAST AND MED FOOD IN NYC more

SIMPLY THE BEST 10/7/2009

NO BETTER MID EAST AND MED FOOD IN NYC more

Hype 8/4/2009

If you're looking to clink wine glasses and snack on hummus before a night at Tenjune, this restaurant is the perfect choice. The scene looked relatively pre-club. Great ambiance, excellent decor, nice lighting. The food was sub-par for the price, though average for that neighborhood. My salad was limp and flavorless. The mezze appetizers were good, but I saw a lot of half-eaten entrees. And $3.50 for extra bread is a crock. Our server had to be reminded to bring drink and side orders, and the staff was a little too eager to clear our unfinished platters. Underwhelming experience. more

excellent food 7/21/2009

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 more
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Owner Message

  • 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

  • A big, airy space with a pan-Mediterranean menu, Barbounia has found a niche for itself serving very fresh, unchallenging food to a crowd comprised mostly of Park Avenue South office workers. If the place's generically Mediterranean decor has something of an Olive Garden vibe, it's not the fault of the food, which is surprisingly good. Start with a platter of spreads (tsatziki, hummus, spicy feta, taramosalata) and move on from there to dishes like grilled octopus with fennel or Turkish lachma hajuan, a kind of lamb pizza. Everything is scrupulously light, including the bill, which is pretty reasonable for this neighborhood.

  • 10/1/2009 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 11:30am-4pm Sun & Mon: 5:30pm-11pm Tues-Sat: 5:30pm-12am Sat & Sun: 11am-4pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Gramercy Park, Midtown
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