If you didn’t know beforehand that Barbounia is Mediterranean cuisine, you will know immediately upon entering. It’s architecture says everything. With tall arched ceilings, candelit chandeliers, expansive seating along wooden tables, comfy booths, and huge mirrors, you feel as though you have stepped off the New York City sidewalk and into a town on the coast of Greece. My friend and I sought refuge, booze, and brunch on a rainy Saturday and began our meal with a glass of champagne by the bar. The bar has a lot of seating, and big wooden tables nearby for people to sit and enjoy their meal. Afterwards we were tucked into a cozy corner booth, and despite the restaurant’s big crowd, were able to hear each other perfectly.
For brunch, my friend and I began by ordering from the mezze section. Just about every table in the restaurant has a selection of 3 or 5 spreads on the table, and we went with the hummus, tzatziki, and roasted eggplant. For my meal, I decided on the mushroom omelette, with mimosas. My friend went with bellinis, and the salmon scramble. My omelet was perfect; the eggs were fluffy and light, and the mushrooms brought a heartiness that kept me full and satisfied. Although I was happy with my “standard” brunch choice, during my next visit I plan to go with one of the options from the specialty eggs menu. I am particularly intrigued by the Turkish eggs (baked eggs with spinach, ground lamb, chickpeas & tahini) and the foie gras sausage shakshuka (baked eggs with tomato sauce, paprika, garlic & homemade chicken foie gras sausage).
Barbounia is a great place to go with friends, on a date, or with the parents. I loved my experience and I anticipate my next visit!