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“A French restaurant throwback”

LA Baraka Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 47 Restaurants in Little Neck
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 0 - USD 30
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Six of us had dinner here. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, who took our coats and led us to a table. Two other people attended to us. We ordered a bottle of Chateauneuf Pape (a red from the Rhône area; at $65, seemed reasonable, though it disappointed a bit). We all ordered from the Twilight menu (prix fixe).
Three of us ordered the Pâté du jour, a generous helping of goose liver mousse, served with gherkins, tomato wedges and toast slices; others ordered the soupe du jour tasting (3 small helpings of different soups), the mussels (very garlicky), and a mushroom pastry. For entrees we ordered a shishkebab special (nothing special), a duck breast, and the broiled lamb chops. For desserts we ordered chocolate truffle cake and chocolate mousse.
Overall the dinner was very pleasant, the food good, the atmosphere delightful. This is an old-fashioned restaurant in a good sense of the term: carpeted, small wine glasses, intimate. Dinner for six totaled $340, which is quite reasonable.
I recommend going to La Baraka for a pleasant meal.

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

A warm welcome followed by a well prepared meal; try the onion soup, duck or 'royal' cous cous. Early dinner menu through 6:45, several prix fixe and á la carte options for later diners.
Neighborhood people flowed into La Baraka at a steady pace throughout the evening. Several family groups were interspaced with 'date night' couples and friendly gatherings.
Lunch buffet also a nice option. Staff go out of their way to meet your expectations without being overbearing!

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Friends suggested we meet at this local French Tunisian dining establishment. It' s been many years since we frequented and we were fortunate to come back. Still owned and operated by Lucette and Jean Luc, this fine restaurant has not lost a step. First, the warm bread and house prepared butter are splendid. Several of us started our meals with a combination of the (3) soups of the day. In this case,the cups contained Potato Leek, Lentil and of course, traditional French Onion. All per perfectly prepared. Others had the mussels and 2 enjoyed a perfect rendition of Brandade. Best I could tell, this was made by flaking salt cod, whipped potatoes and very likely butter, creme and herbs, baked until a thin crust forms. For entree's I ordered the Duck Breast,sliced and fanned, served with a berry sauce along side sliced carrots and green beans and a pod of roasted potatoes in a thin floral shaped potato crust. It tasted as elegant as it appeared. We also tried a filet of sole with sauteed mushrooms, wrapped in puff pastry. Also delightful. We had little room for desserts, but ordered some for the table after hearing the suggestions. We tried a Tartuffe, a slice of Fruit Tarte with custard and also a slice of Chocolate Truffle Cake. All were winners.
Waitstaff is well trained and the noise level is perfectly acceptable. Hosts are always watching over the guests and they really do care. We will be back now that we have "re-discovered" this prior favorite.

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1  Thank HMR52
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place has good food and fair prices and their wait staff are amazing. I had this dish that just made my mouth water I had to get a second one to take home.

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Thank Jessica G
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

I've eaten here many times with family and friends and it never fails to please. The owners, Lucette and Jean-Luc are lovely, gracious hosts, and the atmosphere is homey.

The food is delicious and carefully prepared and presented. For dinner, go for the Twilight menu for a really good deal. I especially like the trout almondine but the other entrees I've tried have never disappointed either. The leak and potato soup and the mussels appetizer are also favorites of mine. For dessert I am partial to the fruit tarts that they always offer, but the chocolate cake and the cheese cake are delicious options.

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Thank Puppetguy
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