Barbetta on Restaurant Row

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

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 the lemon 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!

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Sora Vernikoff

Sora Vernikoff

Insightful author, journalist, blogger, world traveler, and Best-Selling and Award-Winning Author of Eat What You Want! Stop When You Want! found at A No-Diet, Weight-Loss Program at www.nodieting.net or Amazon. She has taught hundreds of unhappy dieters to use her eat and stop yourself weight-loss program to lose weight and find peace with food. Sora Vernikoff holds two Master’s Degrees, the first in Teaching and the second in English as a Second Language. She taught in the New York City Public School System in East New York, Brooklyn for 30 years and has traveled the globe. For many years she was also the New York City Charity writer for Examiner.com. An avid blogger, her own www.anewyorkerspointofview.com shares all things fun and entertaining in New York City while posting her interesting trips under the blog’s Travel tab. She is currently immersed in writing her next book, which teaches a Positivity Program letting you immediately zap negative or self-doubting thoughts in one session with but one question.

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