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Enoteca Barbone - E Village

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keith Jun 24, 2006 09:25 PM

Has anyone tried Enoteca Barbone which just opened on Ave B in the East Village? I've heard good things, but I can't find any menu or price information. Thanks.

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    keith RE: keith Jun 27, 2006 07:37 PM

    Well, I ended up eating there and it was reasonably priced with pretty good food. Apps $5-10. Pasta's $11-16. Entree's around $15-25. I believe the owner said that the chef was formerly of Babbo, and you could see some similarities (i.e. Chicken Liver Ravioli in brown butter balsamic sauce), but nowhere near the level of execution. The Asparagus Fries with Pancetta Aioli was quite good though. Overall, I'd recommend this for a relatively inexpensive neighborhood italian with laudable aspirations. I would not, however, go out of my way for it. Also, as an Enoteca, there was of course a nice regional italian wine list.

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      manic2 RE: keith Jun 30, 2006 12:05 PM

      Not really the same, but small, quiet, elegant with an unreal wine list...Veritas on W, 20th St

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        therestaurantgirl RE: keith Sep 11, 2006 08:28 PM

        I loved this spot! It's casual, so are the prices, but they take both the food and wining very seriously. The chef, John Baron, was the wizard behind the pasta at Babbo, Lupa, Po, so you can't eat here and skip out on the carbs! There's an amazing backyard patio and some really adventurous off-beat wines. I wrote a review on Restaurant Girl at:

        http://www.restaurantgirl.com/restaur...

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          xavier RE: keith Sep 11, 2006 08:35 PM

          Even though the restaruant girl ONLY publishes flattering reviews (no kidding, she says so right on "about me" part of her website) I agree with her on this one. I had a very good, modestly priced meal at barbone a few weeks ago, and I'm not a giant fan of the sea of Italian mediocrity in New York (or worse, Hoboken, where the best Italian restaurant just closed)

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            ssy RE: keith Oct 2, 2006 11:20 PM

            One of the worst meals i have had in a long time. Tried a pasta as a starter which had corn and tomatoes and tasted like it came out of a ragu jar. had heard a lot about the chef and he certainly has a good pedigree. the next table over had the same pasta and she left the whole thing.

            the main dishes were odd -- i had a fried bass entree which i thought would be pan-seared not fried. the short ribs were just plain bad -- bad flavor and fatty and tough and gravy was gelatinous.

            the garden outback is pleasant enough. we go to a lot of italian restaurants including silvanos, cantinori, da umberto, lupa, sant ambroeus and this was way below par.

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              therestaurantgirl RE: keith Oct 3, 2006 04:25 PM

              So sorry to hear about your meal at Enoteca Barbone. I've eaten there numerous times and luckily, had splendid food. As for posting only positive reviews, I've recently decided to post both positive and negative reviews, for better or worse.
              Restaurant Girl

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                clements88 RE: keith Jun 26, 2007 03:23 PM

                I live right around the corner and go here all the time. I've never been disappointed. No, it's not Babbo, but the food is definitely a step-up from your typical under-$15-entree East Village Italian joint. Though, then again, the prices are a little more than $15 for an entree. But still not expensive.

                Put simply, I love this place because the food is consistently good, the atmosphere warm and quietly elegant (have taken girlfriend and parents here) and the service is excellent (every time I've eaten there the Chef/Owner has come over and said hi to our table). On the "pleasant dining experience" scale, this place is a 10.

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                  Jorel RE: keith Jun 27, 2007 08:16 AM

                  I want to like this place so much because I really like the back garden, but both meals I have had here have been truly disappointing. Of course it's not Babbo - that's a crazy comparison, but it's certainly not Lupa either. IMHO there are far better Italian restaurants for the price in the hood including Gnocco right around the corner (though it is not nearly as good as it used to be) and the old standbys Perbacco and Il Bagatto further south.

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