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398 West Broadway, New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.
By dashma on 8/20/2012
Went to Barolo last night with my fiance and a friend. While the backyard is charming, the service is HORRIBLE. Besides being totally pretentious on a night when there were many open tables, they were just plain rude. They were very bedgrudging when it came to allowing us to taste a 22$/glass wine before ordering, and we waited for 30 mins for a sommellier to arrive! After our dessert menus were placed, we waited and waited to place our order. After requesting our waiter return to our table, he actually never came back! We spoke to the manager who was totally unreceptive and actually blamed us! Did not make any sense. Needless to say, this "hidden gem" is not worth the attitude. And the food is just mediocre at best.
Barolo not more
By Lindasearcy on 9/26/2011
For the second time Barolo disappoints me....service is horrible; staff keeps on changing and don't know anything about Italian cousin. There is nothing special about this place: no ambiance, no service, no good food. Expensive and disappointing. There are so many good reataurants in Manhattan much less pretencious and WAY much better than Barolo
Good Food but Pricey and "Nickel and Dime" Attitude
By Ronnymag on 12/26/2010
I went on Christmas Eve 2010 with my wife and two daughters, 10 and 8. The decor, ambience and overall staff attentiveness were lovely. The food was also excellent. We had the wild Alaskan salmon, the jumbo prawns, the roast chicken and the ravioli with Granny Smith apple filling. All were delicious with the ravioli being an absolute (and unlikely!) standout. So was the special appetizer of bow tie pasta with an asparagus sauce. Desserts were also good-we had the fruit tart and the ricotta cheese cake. So why will we not go back? It's enough that the menu is pricey--fine, we knew that when we went. But then they nickel and dime you--my wife and I ordered martinis which were nominally $13, but when we got the bill each had not one but two "up charges" of $2.00 each, one for ordering them "straight up" and one for "premium vodka or gin," for a total of $17 per drink(!). They also charged $12 for a very small side order of plain spaghetti for our 10 year old--seriously?! And, when I accidentally spilled my just served glass of red wine, our server asked if I wanted another glass and then charged for both--granted, I spilled it, but a more gracious restaurant would have comp'ed the glass. The service would have rated a "9" except for this. Overall, we felt that we were being squeezed for every penny, rather than being welcomed as guests. It's a shame, because otherwise we'd have loved to return.
By tokeloke on 8/31/2010
Quite simply the most disappointing eating experience I ever had in NYC. My wife had the $27 King Prawn, which was dry and we had to leave around $25 worth of food (3 prawns) lying around as it was just not ft to eat. I had the "sweet/spicy" sausage pasta (don't remember the name) and it was hard and undercooked, while on the other hand a side of asparagus was limp and cooked to death - the whole thing could easily pass as totally uninspired cafeteria food. The back "garden" could be pretty nice if they spent the $100 we left there from our lunch (no drinks) on some nicer chairs. The service was sweet though, I felt bad telling them (for the first time ever) that the food was an absolute disaster.
By kml408 on 7/18/2010
Barolo has a wonderful back garden which reminds me of Napa Valley. The Restaurant Week menu looked good, but again, the execution wasnâ€™t done very well. I tried a little bit of everyoneâ€™s dish, and nothing was too memorable. For my appetizer, I tried the Grilled Octopus with potatoes and olives. I liked how the octopus was prepared. It left the meat crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The tomatoes and olives were delicious, but I felt that the potatoes were too heavy. The octopus was substantial enough for the dish, so who needs potatoes? I think I ordered the wrong entrÃ©e, especially considering my choice of octopus as an appetizer. My Seafood Soup was served lukewarm (maybe even room temperature) and lacked some type of strong Italian seasoning. There was only one piece of shrimp in my soup. Bummer. The clams, mussels, and calamari were fine. And just fine, nothing special. Dessert was pretty decent. You know how Iâ€™m constantly on a search for great flourless chocolate cake? Well, Baroloâ€™s was actually pretty decent. The crust was no where near as lovely as that of The Best Chocolate Cake in the World, but the center and overall taste was much more satisfying. The cake wasnâ€™t too sweet despite the creamy icing. In terms of chocolate, this slice definitely erred on the dark side (muahahaha, Iâ€™m a dork). Read more at http://lestorydefood.com/2010/07/18/nyc-restaurant-week-coverage-day-3-part-1/
Always a pleasure
By Anet99 on 10/23/2009
Civilized atmosphere, great food and wine. Been here before, but forgot how pleasant the experience was. I need to go more often. The staff and service were great. It was a weeknight during a recession, of course, so the place was not fully booked. We ate in the lovely tree-lit garden, which is such a nice spot in the middle of Manhattan. It's always a pleasure when it's not pouring, snowing or humid in NYC. It feels like you're dining in a secret, special place. The food was excellent. Not too much "drama". Just subtle flavors of rosemary, thyme, sage, butter, wine, etc. The wine list was even better. Once I spilled the beans that I was a humble "peasant" and would not be ordering a bottle of wine that was "perfect" to accompany my meal (and under $50 bucks), our waiter laughed and suggested an excellent wine within our budget. Food, atmosphere and service was excellent. Wine list incredible. Always a pleasure to return. Go there if you like good food, good wine and don't care about the "drama" of celebrity. Of course, you never know who will show up...
By UES1981 on 9/3/2009
Other than being outside on this beautiful week of pre-fall NYC weather, my dining experience at Barolo was horrendous. I have had better italian for an 1/8th of the price. They must be kidding with that pricing. I hate to waste a meal in NYC ever and this was a complete waste of my time and well earned money.
Geat meal at Barolo!
By foodie1980 on 3/25/2009
I ate at Barolo the other night with a few friends and we had a very lovely experience! The hostess was very sweet and had us seated at a good table right away, even though we hadn't made a reservation, and the place was quite crowded. The sommelier was also very friendly and he brought out the extended wine list for us, which had over 1000 choices! Obviously, we needed his help to sort through it, and he helped us chose a very nice Rose from Provence, which tasted great, but didn't break our bank! Some of our favorite dishes were the Â“carne allÂ’albeseÂ”; (beef tartare) the spinach salad with mixed berries and blue cheese; the linguine with pesto, stringbeans and potatoes; (a Genovese specialty) the filet mignon with Barolo wine sauce, and the complementary homemade focaccia. The food was delicious and didn't take too long to come out. We don't usually go out to fancy restaurants, but we are definitely planning to return to Barolo because they will be opening their garden soon.
By elkane7533 on 9/22/2008
Great Outdoor Garden. Besides that, all the food was salty from bread & appetizer to the main course, and the server didn't know the drink menu. He also couldn't speak any English and it took him 10 minutes to understand that we just wanted the check instead of the dessert menu. There's a slight chance that I'd go there again for a glass of wine, for the ambiance. Definitely not for another meal.
By chrisiannu on 9/5/2008
Perhaps I have a slight bias in favor of this restaurant because it is where my boyfriend and I became a couple... but, its just lovely. The staff was very friendly, including if not esp the management, and the garden was very pretty. We got the baby chicken (his) and the Risotto Barolo (for me) and both were extremely delicious! While it's perhaps a little pricey for a casual lunch (which is why we were there), I think its still worth it for what it provides through ambiance, service and food.
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