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Barbounia

250 Park Ave. S. (E. 20th St.) Send to Phone
212-995-0242 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A scene-y Mediterranean oasis in Manhattan.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Features
  • Dress code: Business casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Barbounia Restaurant Review

: Beyond the heavy, oversize wooden doors is a Mediterranean oasis of 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, has an open kitchen and a sleek bar that invites you to see and be seen while sipping a mint julep made with rose flower essence. Among the appetizer choices, the Greek fondue of kefalograviera cheese and Metaxa brandy is a satisfying selection, as is the red wine poached figs. Chef Amitzur Mor celebrates Greek, Italian and Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine by serving entrées such as brick oven-baked branzino, lamb kebab, and jumbo lump crab gnocchi in a zucchini-mint pesto. Portions are generous so be prepared to share.
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