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Zipi Zape becomes Barberry in Billyburg

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The crew behind the tapas bar Zipi Zape has transformed their shop at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Berry Street into Barberry — a Mediterranean eatery

“We have been here five years, so we thought, ‘Why don’t we do a little change — something geared towards the neighborhood,” said owner Asu Whiteman, who kept the staff, including Chef Diego Gonzales, from the old eatery.

Look for appetizers including sardines (pictured), and a thinly sliced filet mignon with carpaccio served over toast with fresh manchego, artichokes, and a drizzle of lemon juice ($8). Entrees include a grilled platter for two with flank steak, chorizo, quail and filet mignon ($38).

Barberry [152 Metropolitan Ave. at Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599-3027].

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Toddmega from Williamsburg says:
I give this place a star only because I feel sorry for the servers. Today a group of us ate there for their restaurant week menu. Only a few things we ordered were worth mentioning. My entree tasted like hot garbage so I asked to swap it out for something else. At 7PM one of the entree's I had chose on the menu they had apparently "ran out of". After the owner actually approached me and yelled at me for not understanding what a polenta was and that I HAD to eat the salmon as my only other option. She actually told me what I had to eat.... It was astounding!! Especially, that this was the owner talking to me like this. She embarrassed her wait staff and everyone at the table. There is no way that this place can survive with people like this running the place. The food is overpriced and hit or miss. The staff is unorganized and poorly managed by an arrogant and disgusting married couple who have no clue how to run a restaurant. From the baguettes which tasted like they had been in someone's sweatpants for a few days to their overpriced entree's this place is a NO GO....
March 29, 2009, 11:45 pm

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