Q's about Barbetta
I'm planning a day trip from upstate and have a few
inquiries about Barbetta on restauant row:
Whats the dress code?
Are reservations for lunch a must?
Could I get out of there for less than $40 a head?
and last but not least...
Is it worth the price!?!
Thanks a bunch for your help.
If you ever find yourself in Saratoga Springs (bout a
half hour north of Albany) stop in at the 43 Phila
Bistro. Just ate their (again) tonight...the best food
between Montreal and Manhattan...hands down.
I had dinner recently at Barbetta. I wasn't
paying much attention to what people were wearing,
and, in fact, I wasn't paying - so I don't have a good
idea about the prices. But I will say that the food
was competent but uninspiring in the extreme. I had
Chilean sea bass in I-forget-what sauce and a
straightforward lemon tart for dessert. My neice
ordered chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese.
There was nothing wrong with anything we ate, but
nothing memorable about it either. It seems like an
acceptable place for pre-theatre dinner, especially
because they respect time constraints. But if you're
planning a special vacation lunch, I think you could
do better for the money.
I will say that the patio is really lovely. If
you're determined to go and it's not meltingly hot
out, reserve a table outside.