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Dec 22, 2010 04:54 AM

Barbuto on Sat night - Any Must haves. Also need reco for drinks after

Barbuto on Sat night - Any Must haves. Also need reco for drinks after

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  1. You may need to be princeofchicken for a night

    1. The salad cruda is fantastic. So is the braised berkshire pork. Pegu club after for drinks.

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      1. re: johnindabronx

        Thanks for the info. Pegu Club seems too far to walk no?

        Pegu Club
        77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: princeofpork

          This Saturday, Christmas Day? Pegu Club will be closed per their Facebook.

          Employees Only, however, is planning to be open.

          Employees Only
          510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          Pegu Club
          77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      2. My must have would be a reservation elsewhere... I had dinner there last month and was completely underwhelmed. It was an exercise in attitudinal servers coupled with mediocre food. I had the roasted chicken -- the dark meat and skin were great -- the white meat was dry -- as in saw dust dry. I couldn't/wouldn't eat it -- when questioned about it by the servers (a second one came to ask about it after I told the first one that it wasn't edible) - their response was "Oh".

        I didn't expect the chicken to be removed from my bill -- I'd eaten the skin and the dark meat -- but, I did expect some gesture other than "Oh".

        The roasted beet salad would have been much nicer if there'd been more than just the wish of dressing on it -- it was bland otherwise -- save for the few sparse crumbles of goat cheese I managed to locate in it.

        The chocolate budin was the highlight of the meal -- but, not worth the overwhelming din of the space, the mediocrity of the rest of the meal, or the attitude of the servers (supercilious, acted like it was our privilege that we were being served, etc).

        Jonathan Waxman wasn't present . I would hope that things are much better when he's present -- perhaps you'll be lucky. But, there are too many good meals to eat in life to give Barbuto any more of my time or money.

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        1. re: karmalaw

          I completely agree with karmalaw. the service is what pushes the entire bad experience over the edge. please spend your time and money at any of the more worth italian restaurants in the surrounding area. you won't be missing much by not dining at barbuto.

          1. re: buttery

            This is a meal being organized for 12 of us by someone who knows Johnathan Waxman personally. I dont have the authority or energy to change the reservation to somewhere else.

            Also, my mistake the reservation is for tomorrow night.

            1. re: princeofpork

              If the Standard Beer Garden is winterized it might be a good place for a drink with a group. The crowds can get to be a bit much in the summer - could be that December is the perfect time to swing by the place without the overwhelming frat boy atmosphere.

              The Other Room on Perry is also a nice spot but most likely wouldn't fit all 12 people.

        2. Had dinner here last night. The reservation was at 7. Got great service from a very attentive waitress. The stand out dish by far was the pasta with veal and pork. It was fantastic. The sauce was chunky, the pasta was fresh. The chicken which is the signature dish was just OK IMO. Good flavor but a little rubbery. Also had the lamb, gnocchi, risotto. Although this place is quite from from my hood, I would go back for that pasta dish. It was truly one of the best I have had in 2010.

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          1. re: princeofpork

            I'm glad to hear your report. I've been to Barbuto about 6 times - the meals ranged from good to very good. I never had any service issues either. My last meal was about a year ago and I was beginning to worry that things had slipped. It looks like they haven't.