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Barbounia or Kellari's Parea for dinner

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closer53 Feb 7, 2012 01:57 PM

I've had lunch at both but not dinner. Going with parents at 6 PM tomorrow night. Which has the better food? I want to stay in the FlatIron neighborhood. Thanks for the opinions.

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Barbounia
250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

Parea Bistro
36 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

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    Simon Feb 7, 2012 02:25 PM

    i live in the area...i can't really recommend the food at either place...neither one is worth going to except as a last resort...

    Barbounia is not really traditional Greek food and is extremely overpriced imo -- it's more of happy hour spot w/ loungey seats...i lived on a Greek island for a few years when i was a little kid, and this food isn't remotely like what is eaten there...it's not bad, but it's more like a Continental and/or American restaurant w/ Greek accents...the garrulous Greek contractor who renovated my apartment last summer agrees heartily: "You're right! It's not even Greek!!! It's okaaaay, but it's not Greek!", he screamed, after testing me by asking me what i thought of it...my one meal wasn't "bad" but i've never wanted to return...

    Parea is cheaper, quieter, has nice staff, and tries for more traditional Greek fare, but is very hit-or-miss foodwise...i've been there twice: the first time, i went there on a cold snowy night and the avgolemono soup hit the spot perfectly...on my second visit, my dining companion and i each took one spoonful of it and winced: tasteless and congealed and awful (the staff saw that we didn't eat it and took it off the bill)...other dishes: the octopus starter is quite good...a couple other dishes were mediocre at best...i might get a drink here on a cold night...i might get the octopus as a snack...but i doubt i'll ever eat a full dinner here again.

    Does the meal have to be Greek?...if you want to spend a bit more money and stay in the same area, i'd say do either the tavern room at Gramercy Tavern, or Maialino...or Craft...or hop in a cab and check out the Provencal food at Le Promenade des Angalis on far W. 23rd St...

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    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    Barbounia
    250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

    Craft
    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

    Parea Bistro
    36 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    La Promenade des Anglais
    461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: Simon
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      closer53 Feb 7, 2012 02:31 PM

      Thanks for the comments Simon. Doesn't have to be Greek but I don't want to spend $100pp. Since you're in the neighborhood, what do you think of Veritas? Or instead of Craft, Craftbar?

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        Simon Feb 7, 2012 02:42 PM

        oddly, despite being a wine fanatic, i've yet to go to Veritas...and i know it's changed chefs and i'm not current on the latest reviews...my impression is that you might hit 100/person pretty easily, as you're likely to drink some yummy wine there...

        My one experience at Craft wasn't the best, but i think i ordered poorly, and i trust some of the reviews i've read here, as well as my visual take on the food of people around me, which looked delicious and much better than what i ordered...

        On the cheaper side, you could go to Ponty Bistro on 3rd Ave, which is very casual and serves French bistro fare w/ some Senegalese accents...prob around 50/person for a starter/main/glass-of-wine before tax/tip...i've only eaten a full dinner once, and i've gotten takeout soup a couple other times, but i liked it...

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        Craft
        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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

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          RGR Feb 7, 2012 02:57 PM

          Veritas used to be one of our favorites. However, now that Sam Hazen is the exective chef/partner, the food doesn't hold the proverbial candle to what it was when Scott Bryan and Grégory Pugin helmed the kitchen. We've tried it twice, and we won't be back. (Note: Our second meal there was my most disappointing in 2011.)

          Maialino is a favorite, but getting a table at this short notice will be impossible.

          We haven't been to Craft, but it's expensive, so I can't imagine you can get out of there for less than $100pp

          Simon's suggestion of La Promenade is an excellent one. We've had three meals there and enjoyed them immensely.

          Other good options in the area: Ciano (Italian) and Bistro Lamazou (Mediterranean/Moroccan)

          Btw, Kellari's Parea is now called Parea Bistro, which leads me to believe it's no longer owned by the same people. We ate at K.P. several times, and the food was very good. We have not tried it since the name change, so I have no idea if the quality remains at that level. We've been to Barbounia but that was a long time ago. I much preferred K.P.

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          Veritas
          43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

          Barbounia
          250 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

          Parea Bistro
          36 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          Bistro Lamazou
          344 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

          La Promenade des Anglais
          461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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