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Baraonda

1439 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10021
at 75th St.
212-288-8555

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3
"Not Recommended"

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17% would go back.

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How NOT to treat a loyal customer

By marlev48 on 10/3/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

How not to treat a loyal customer? Follow Baraonda's lead. I have been going to Baraonda for a few years. I have probably been there over a dozen times. The food is good not great. I go for the fun scene. Especially that certain night of the week. I may start there by myself but end up with friends and spend $50-$100 per person. I have told many people about Baraonda. Not anymore. A couple of nights ago, I stepped up to door and was barred entry. First I was told there was a private event in progress. This was not true and when I challenged it I was told that the owner was limiting who could enter. This is not a hot club; this is a NYC Italian restaurant! Apparently with an attitude. I don't hold the door guy,who was new to me,responsible even though I told him that I was a long-term customer. The hostess on the other hand, should have a taken a moment to look at me, before she also turned me away. Baraonda aint seeing my money or me again.

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78 out of 134 people found this review helpful.

AWFUL AWFUL

By nadinadb on 7/28/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I went for brunch this past Sunday with my bf bc the menu looked decent. Upon seating we order some water and my boyfriend gets a bloody mary. It doesn't occur to us to ask the price because we assume it can't be THAT much since it's brunch and bloody mary's are a staple. The bloody mary comes, we order and waitt. I notice every table around us had a breadbasket... ours was just "forgotten" and never brought out even after asking for it. The food came, I asked for a diet coke, it tasted like the filter hadn't been cleaned in years. I had two sips and couldn't take it anymore. Even my bf said it was awful. Food was simply ok. I got an omelet with crappy deli ham w/ way too salty cheese. I asked for more ketchup & by the time that came around i was practically done. Our creepy hostess was standing behind the curtain peering at everyone (not helping) while sipping a bloody mary. At this point we had already written up the restaurant as poor then the check came. $12 for a bloody mary?! You've got to be kidding me! Both our meals weren't even $12! how can you possibly charge more than a meal for a drink? We asked her if that was correct, she was rude and just said yes that's how much it is. I couldn't believe that it cost 1/4 of our meal. After crappy service, a creepy hostess, and not great food I'll never return. Suggestion? Look at your pricing, it should make sense. I'd be willing to pay $12 for a drink at the nicest brunch spot in town, but this dump? Hell no.

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72 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

Great food and pleasant outdoor dining

By Beeliza on 8/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went here on a date recently and it was a great spot. Our waitress was polite, attentive and helpful. Our meals were delicious as well as the tiramisu. The outside dining was a little crowded but that's not uncommon in Manhattan. I would recommend this restaurant.

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140 out of 296 people found this review helpful.

Classy redefined

By uptownthendown on 11/19/2006

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Based on the review, I went to the bar early (9:45) on a Sunday night by myself. I asked the bartender when the dancing began, and she said in a few hours. I joked that she should stiffen everybody's drink so it would happen earlier, and she said -- exact words -- "Why are you so desperate to see the party?" How I overcame my intense desperation and left after one drink... I'll never know.

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284 out of 562 people found this review helpful.

Too Loud and over priced

By truly_sweet on 2/7/2003

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

For run-of-the-mill pasta and sauce in an overly loud, crazy environment - you have Baraonda. I am not at all impressed. The decor and service were fine - but the clientele is drunken and obnoxious. The Penne Margarhita was $13.95. For $13.95 at home I can make a heck-of-a-lot of pasta and red sauce. What a rip...

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