660 Madison Ave 9th Floor, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.764910 -73.970647
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side, Lenox Hill
Bad food. Period. – I went there for lunch today. Had $31 seafood salad, which was so gross I had only 1/3 of it. The bread tasted old. I thought this was a good restaurant. Can't believe all the good reviews here.
Luxury department store for the young and hip focuses on both established and up-and-coming designers. – In Short
Started in 1923 as a men's store, Barneys is now a lab for emerging designers. Prada bags, shoes and men's and women's clothing from designers like Donna Karan, Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Tam and Helmut Lang make name-brand fanatics swoon. Barneys also carries hard-to-find lines like the celebrity-adored Kiehl's natural skin and hair products, in addition to a house label and hot maternity fashions. Some locations feature a bridal salon and gift registry.
$12 delivery charge? – Ok maybe ordering dinner from Barney's wasn't the smartest idea but the food is really good. I was shocked when dinner arrived last night accompanied by a $12 delivery charge. What's up with that?
Nice location but too expensive for lunch! – First time here and probably my last. The restaurant has a nice location and view. We made reservations for lunch and were promptly seated. The lunch menu is a bit pricey. I had the chopped chicken salad for $23.00. Was it worth that price? I don't think so....your basically paying for the luxury of eating in Barney's. I can think of much better places to go too that don't charge that much for a mediocre salad.
Barneys...sigh – I love barneys. I love freds. Get the burgers, the chicken soup, the white truffle pizza [to die for], and the pesto penne. Great people watching. Only down side is the long wait at lunchtime. Get there early and beat it. Then shop afterwards and walk off the calories. Ha!
Dine and Dish – Talk about eye and tummy candy, this is the place. Not only can you have a fabulous meal, but you can "see and be seen" in this Mid Town gem. The room is beautiful, the people are beautiful (plastic, yes, but still lovely top look at) and the fare is delightful. My favoritve, the home made pastas and soups of the day. The grilled fishes they offer are fresh and deliscious. The Pommes Frites, so good, the best, dare I say, in NYC. I can't say enough about the eatery...... then there's shopping at Barneys!
See and be Scene – This is maybe Manhattan people watching at its best. Everyone here is dressed to kill, the latest trends, the best brands...it's like a walking Bergdorf Goodman catalog (yes, I know it's Barney's, but the vibe is more Upper East Side chic than Barney's downtown edgy hip)...croc Birkins and Manolos abound. Oh yeah, the food. If you're coming for great food, go elsewhere. But the food at Fred's is good, solid fare, you won't be thrilled or disappointed, put it that way. Be forewarned that you will pay for it, tho. The service is ok, can be awful. Go for lunch -- everything falls apart at dinner!!
Fred's @ Barney's – An interesting mix of hi-end shoppers, hi-finance types, foreigners, and onlookers make for a real people watching/gawking/speculating scene. The food is decent, the menu varied enough to satisfy everyone, and the service attentive. The room, on the 9th floor of Barney's, has an airy feel and has an appealing decor, but expect to pay a price for this high end real estate. Worth checking out once.
Pricey American cafe favorites popular with the ladies who lunch and Midtown execs. – The Scene
Perched on the ninth floor of the luxe Barney's store, the light-filled dining room is the home-away-from-home for the city's shopping glitterati. Bedecked in Chanel and Prada, with designer sunglasses atop their heads, they rub elbows with suit-and-tie donning gentlemen and the occasional after-school group of teen girls. Service is fairly formal and reliably good.
Offering pizzas, entree-sized salads, various sandwiches, and pasta, fish and meat entrees, the menu aims to please. Hefty burgers with excellent fries find a home on most tables, but salads, including the signature Madison salad with canned Italian tuna, and a grilled chicken Caesar, are equally popular. Thin-crust pizzas, topped with wild mushrooms, hot sausage or Italian sliced meats, are a good option, as are fresh pastas, including a buttery carrot-filled ravioli. Dieters should opt for the full-flavored chicken soup, which the menu promises will help diners "cure colds and stay thin."
not to eat – Most of the people who eat here are thin, and once you order something, you'll see why. Though there are standouts--the "thin" chicken soup and the fries--most of the food is sub-par. Paying $32 for a lobster wrap with shreds of lettuce outnumbering pieces of lobster 20-1 is unacceptable.
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