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Barbounia or Gigino?

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Hi Everybody,

We will be in Manhattan 12/23-27. We are staying in Murray Hill and will be a party of four on Christmas Eve and plan on eating at Ponty Bistro. If anyone has any feedback about this place I would love to hear it. There is no mention of it on this board. Reviews from other sites have been quite favorable.

For Christmas night we are a party of two and have narrowed our dinner choices to Barbounia and Gigino Trattoria. There is little mention of either of these places on CH and my research on Yelp and Urbanspoon has revealed mixed reviews for both, mainly in the area of service. By coincidence Barbounia is a ten minute stroll from our hotel and while this would be great I certainly don't want it to be a deciding factor.

Any opinions on any of the aforementioned would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Barbounia
250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

Gigino
323 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

Ponty Bistro
218 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. I've only had drinks and appetizers at Barbounia, but I was pleasantly surprised at the food quality, especially the octopus. Since its Christmas, your other options that are going to be open in the area are pretty limited, so I wouldn't disagree with this choice.

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    Barbounia
    250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: streamwise

      We have had dinner @ Barbounia and it was very good. The place is a little noisy but otherwise it's a great choice. Unfortunately we have not tried Gigino.

    2. Ponty Bistro kind of sucks. The food is average, and there is really little to no "african" influence to speak of. If you are looking for better bistro type fare in that area, I would recommend:
      The Smith (10th and 3rd Ave)
      Les Halles (28th and Park)
      Back 40 (12th and B)
      Petit Abielle (20th and 1st)

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      Les Halles
      411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

      Ponty Bistro
      218 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. I don't know Barbounia but I've been to Gigino many times over the years and never had a bad meal.

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        Barbounia
        250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

        Gigino
        323 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: NYCkaren

          Thanks to everybody--the feedback is very much appreciated!