Tahini it may concern. Barbounia features modern Mediterranean cuisine that blends the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy. Barbounia transports you from the busy streets of Manhattan to the middle of the Mediterranean.We are excited to share the best Mediterranean Food in NYC with you.
Where is the Best Mediterranean Food in NYC?
Barbounia is located in the Flatiron district on 20th Street and Park Ave. We first discovered the restaurant during our Investment Banking days in 2003. The spectacular open kitchen, tall ceilings and Moorish decor makes for an incredible experience. Barbounia is open for lunch from 11:30AM to 4:30PM on weekdays. Dinner starts at 5:00PM and closing time ranges between 10:30PM and 11:30PM depending on the day. Brunch is available from 10AM to 4PM on the weekends.
What to Order to Drink?
We started with a round of cocktails including: Olympia, Basilika and Casablanca. Our favorite was the Olympia. It had muddled strawberries, a vibrant pink color and sparkling wine.
What to Order for Dinner?
We recommend starting with the Grilled Octopus and a Mezze platter of Green Tahini, Spicy Feta and Fire Roasted Eggplant. You feta believe it was good.
Wine not. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir to pair with our entrees.
The view from our table was spectacular. The greenery and live plants made it feel like we were in a Mediterranean cafe.
Our main courses included: Duck Shawarma, Roasted Chicken and Halibut. Our favorite entree was the Duck Shawarma. The duck was perfectly cooked and the black rice and sauces made it even better.
Don’t dessert me. For dessert, we ordered the Dark Chocolate Mousse, Rose Water Panna Cotta and Silan, the tahini mousse. We generally love the chocoalte dessert the most, but at Barbounia, we recommend the Silan.
Dinner is better when we eat together. Outdoor dining in NYC has been extended and indoor dining is now open. Check out Barbounia and our list of favorite NYC restaurants.
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