Modern Mediterranean cuisine shines at Barbounia, 250 Park Avenue South at the corner of Park and 20th Street. Open for dinner starting at 4 P.M. and for brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 A.M. until dinner starts. A huge wine list boasting nearly 800 names is available along with creative cocktails. Distanced seating is separated from the street with planters.
Start with one of many mezes moving onto crispy artichokes, flatbreads slathered with mushrooms or tomatoes brightened with Parmesan and select a main course like braised short ribs or fresh fish. For brunch select among pancakes, topped pita breads or all manner of eggs cooked to order.
- Mari Gold