Barbetta

Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff
Rating
4.7/5

Once again, finding myself braving the cold, I met a friend at Barbetta, an elegant Italian restaurant located at 321 W. 46th Street right on Restaurant Row. Restaurant Row is located on West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue and has more than a century of culinary history–Barbetta is a part of that history. The restaurant celebrated its 100 birthday back in 2006 and it’s going strong. It was packed for a pre-theatre even on a NYC night of 19 degrees with a howling wind.

Barbetta Italian restaurant entrance on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Barbetta entrance. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Bar seating at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Barbetta bar seating. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Dining Area at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Dining Area at Barbetta Photo: Sora Vernikoff

My friend and I chose the pre-fixe theatre dinner instead of the a la carte selections. We wanted a full dinner, and the price, even though pricey, was reasonable considering what dining in a nice restaurant can cost these days, with Covid-related price hikes due to distribution and supply issues.

Prix Fixe dinner menu at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Prix Fixe dinner menu. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

I started with the Frappe of Melons, a frothy mixture of melons and berries.

Melon and Berry Frappe at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Melon and Berry Frappe. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

It was most enjoyable, although it could have been a little sweeter. Nonetheless, it was a perfect way to start the meal.

I chose the Paillard of Chicken with fennel greens and oven-roasted tomatoes. The chicken was tender and flavorful. The fennel and oven-roasted tomatoes took it a long way in taste. It was excellent!

Chicken Paillard at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Chicken Paillard. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Dessert Menu at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Dessert Menu. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

I chose the irresistible Lemon and Pistachio Tart.

Lemon Pistachio Tart at Barbetta Italian restaurant on Restaurant Row, NYC. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

Lemon Pistachio Tart. Photo: Sora Vernikoff

I was pleasantly surprised by the tart. I presumed that the lemon would be part of the actual tart, but it turned out that it was in a cream form coupled with the cake and generous sprinkling of pistachio nuts. It was a delightful combination.

Finishing up the meal with a cup of excellent coffee, I’d rate this meal as excellent. The ambiance (continuous dining room piano playing), the food quality, the preparation, and the wait staff were all excellent. I definitely recommend Barbetta, especially for their pre-fixed theatre menu.

Buon appetito!

Barbetta Restaurant

321 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-246-9171
barbetta100yrs@aol.com

Readers may also enjoy our other restaurant reviews, like Boozy Brunch at the Cutting RoomKurant Wine BarThe Regency Bar and Grill, and Rumrunners.

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