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Barbuto

775 Washington St., New York, NY, 10014
at 12th St.
212-924-9700

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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42% would go back.

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Needs improvement

By liliavill on 7/3/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The second dinner I had there was a very unpleasant experience because of very poor service. The wait person argued with us every time we made a complaint (took forever to take our order; dishes served to the wrong person; order for drink refill was forgotten). It was always someone else's fault--no apologies, nothing...Food was good, but bad service takes the flavor out of the meal, especially at a high price range. Difficult to recommend unless drastic improvement is made in service.

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282 out of 624 people found this review helpful.

Delicious, seasonal food, knowledgeable & pleasant staff

By tanyaturnernyc on 6/30/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Menu focuses on seasonal selections and changes frequently. They really know how to do a steak - juicy, blackened, and perfectly seasoned - medium is a "real" medium and not, like most places, actually served "well." Side dishes are essential (everything is a la carte) and excellent - crunchy roasted baby carrots and roast potatoes particularly good. Lively on a Friday not but not "sceney". Helpful waitress and very pleasant hostesses.

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291 out of 613 people found this review helpful.

New and IMPROVED?

By blin_43 on 6/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I tried this place once when it first opened and it was OK. But they must have done something to change things cause I went back this weekend and it was great. Great fresh items, and the staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. I Do recommend this place now. Let's all hope they can keep doing what they're doing right now...

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316 out of 617 people found this review helpful.

Ugly

By gekko76 on 10/19/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I'v been in barbuto in mid oct with my girlfriend. I'm italian, but there's nothing farest from italy than barbuto cuisine. The place is noisy and dark, I have dinner while the people standing at the bar were so close to me that may taste my food. Service is bad and food very simple and too ordinary to excuse the check!

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363 out of 698 people found this review helpful.

DINING WITH THE SAVAGES

By mathompson on 4/26/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Want the thunder of the crowd at the Garden? Sit down for dinner at Barbuto when the garage doors are closed and the next table over is a four-top of Sopranos extras with lung power and six cell phones. Ready to order? See if you can find a waiter. That cocktail you wanted? They're out of it. (Out of a cocktail? Hello?) Want bread and butter? Go elsewhere. You like pepper? Good, because the risotto and the garganelli have been marinated with the pepper mill. On a diet? Good, because the portion is the size of a baby's fist. Thinking about dessert? Don't bother. At this point, your headache is so serious you'll need Extra-Strength Excedrin. Next time? There won't be.

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321 out of 680 people found this review helpful.

it is a miss

By tommaso on 3/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

The restaurant is nice; but the food is very poor, probably also for the high expectations I had. I went there twice thinking may be it was just once that they got it wrong. But the second time was even worst than the first. Food is simply no good.

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262 out of 571 people found this review helpful.

If you like unremarkable Italian food and a chilly room...

By memnova on 3/1/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Barbuto has a really creative interior, with garage doors made of glass that can open when it gets warmer. If you are cold-natured like me, then you would do best not to sit next to the windows because the room gets a bit chilly. It took a few minutes to get our table, but fortunately the maitre d' let us pick a table other than the one right next to the door. I had the mushroom soup and then the mushroom risotto (I was on a mushroom kick, even though this is probably the height of unsophisticated dining). The soup was a bit odd, really more of a vegetable soup than a mushroom one. And the risotto, while well-cooked, was rather bland. My friend had the roast chicken, which he liked, as well as a winter salad, which he called "interesting." The wine list is pretty expensive, with the lowest being in the $40 range. The service was unremarkable, but I was unsatisfied with the fact that I had to pour my own wine. I passed on dessert, since I didn't want to increase my disappointment.

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249 out of 543 people found this review helpful.

to the point

By johnny3 on 10/18/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Order quickly, eat fast, drink and leave. There's an element of clambouring evident amongst diners, waiting staff and presumably in the kitchen. It all however works. The food matches this approach, to the point. The skirt steak with chilli stood out - good piece of meat, simple chilli/oil "dressing" with a few side dishes was ideal. I cannot disagree with the adverse issues raised by others, but simply point out that in no way is this somewhere to be fawned over and nor it should be because it's not intended to be dull.

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242 out of 488 people found this review helpful.

worst meal in a long time

By pluteeater on 8/6/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I was completely disappointed with our experience. After being told that we had to surrender our table at a certain time, i was served and under-cooked/seasoned roast chicken that I ordered per the ny times reccomendation. Rare chicken is not good. Had to scream in order to be heard over the noisy dining room. Go at your own risk.

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275 out of 484 people found this review helpful.

Good Fun and Good Food

By Lata on 8/3/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had a large table with a group of ten in the kitchen. We let Jonathan Waxman select the menu. We were treated great and the food was outstanding. The atmoshpere was perfect; it was relaxed and fun but with allot of attention given to the quality of food and the service which was superb. Everyone just seemed relaxed, enjoyed the food, and had fun.

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252 out of 515 people found this review helpful.

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