Barbalu

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Barbalu is the marriage (literally) of husband and wife team Stefano BARBAgallo and Adriana LUque.Their new Italian restaurant opened during fall 2013, just a stones throw from the South Street Seaport. The couple prove their continued commitment to this historic district with the decision to rebuild in the same location as their old restaurant Barbarini, which was completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for date night and hanging out with friends in general.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was not great.

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great but despite our reservation, they gave us a crappy table.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Grilled Octopus one (1) piece in dish for appetizer YES ONE piece $19.00!!!!!! Food was good. Service left something to be desired. Maybe an off night.

RM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant with great food just blocks from Pier 17. Both pasta dishes we had were outstanding

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food all around. Pasta wonderful.

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great consistent authentic food. Cool waiters.

JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little gem of a restaurant. Great food. Warm, efficient service. And the server was well-informed about gluten free options on the menu and how those items were prepared. So helpful and appreciated. We really had a lovely experience and will definitely go back. Highly recommend.

GM
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

A let down and embarrassment. Waitstaff apparently had a very poor connection means of English. Extra dry dirty martini I was anything but. I complained and she said thank yo and walked away? Had to ask for things multiple times.
Bufalo mozzarella over eggplant was flavorless.
Saffron Gnocchi with brown Butter and sage. There was not perceptible saffron, the supposed Brown Butter was no thing more than lots f barely melted butter.
Booked restaurant to meet two clients, I was quite embarrassed. Returned with check saying “no card”, apparently she dropped card on floor :-(((

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Comfortable environment, delicious dishes, and good service

AS
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small restaurant in Seaport. Feels like a locals hangout rather than a tourist spot, which is great. Excellent food and service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard great things about this Italian restaurant and decided to finally take my dad their for his birthday and we weren’t disappointed. Reasonably priced and very attentive wait staff. Food was outstanding.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious pasta I’ve had since Italy.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in on a Friday evening and had a very smooth check-in, courteous and welcoming service, with the waitstaff seamlessly refilling water and taking away plates whenever necessary. All my friends and I enjoyed the cheese plate and pastas, and the wines were fantastic! I highly recommend this restaurant experience.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were not rushed and it was very much appreciated

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottima cucina, personale gentile e servizio ottimo!! Se volete mangiare italiano a New York qui lo trovate. Il ristorante è bellissimo ed è situato in una delle zone più belle e caratteristiche della città, il quartiere di Fulton vicino al porto. Rapporto qualità prezzo molto buono per New York!!! Consiglio vivamente!!!

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t
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Strange place: prawn and crab avocado salad was described by our waiter as a prawn in a shell with the head on. The prawn was minced in with the crab meat. Ok, tasted good, just strange description. Then dessert is called " warm souffle" it wasn't a souffle! It was warm chocolate lava cake. I wouldn't order it if i knew it wasn;t really a souffle. Otherwise the dinner was fine.

WA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had reservations, the waiter was extremely rude, he made us wait 30 minutes and sat a group at their table first even though they came in 20 minutes after us. I made a complaint, so they sat us near the dirty dish busser, although there were multiple tables open, it was practically an empty restaurant. The sauce on my pasta was bland, food was cold. I feel like we were given bad service intentionally because I complained about service. Don't eat here. There's many great places on the same street.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service, reasonable prices and menu. Convenient option at the Seaport

MR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal. Good variety on menu. The atmosphere is very nice. Arrived while still day light, and could see outside through sun room roof. As it started to get darker, the warm interior really shined.

DI
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

While the food was very good, the service was not. This could be a great spot if they focused on improving attention to customers.

JH
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff. Delicious food. Great ambiance

AF
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place with attentive and kind staff. The pear and ricotta fagottini is incredible !

W
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Brunch was eh, NOT ethnic Italian. Disappointing apps, eggplant caponata not good, crabmeat appt ok, meat plate was ok. Entrees better, veal marsala good lots of nice veggies with it, spaghetti allla carbonara good, pancakes not good, penne in red hot sauce not good, spaghetti with sausage in some white sauce not bad.

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not delicious. Just okay

A
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was just amazing! The restaurantbdidn‘t feel cramped at all, it smelled absolutely fantastic like herbs, their foods and beverages are very authentic and at a very fair price. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes excellent mediterrainian food and very good italian wines!

DO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great birthday Italian style

MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Made a reservation for four sat at a table for 3. It’s was on the 4th so they were busy which is ok but the server was very much in a rush and barely checked on us. The food was good tho.

RL
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Barbalu is in the cutest area of Seaport. It feels like a restaurant that's not in NYC. The cheese platter for 2 is large and yummy. The food is pretty good but there's nothing super special about it. I would definitely go back just for the atmosphere.

OB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and relaxing meal. Will definitely return.

RK
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

It was there for my G Friend birthday dinner and I ask for candle or any gesture but no response

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Barbalu is a fine restaurant. The food is carefully prepared and beautifully served. The owner is present to assure a perfect experience. This is one of the few restaurants in NYC that provides tasty, nutritious food that looks beautiful on the plate and tastes delicious in the mouth. The atmosphere is one that one can enjoy for its charm and unusual spaces and its calm and quiet. Bravo, bravissimo!

JB
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was ok. Nothing veeeery memorable but would recommend.

LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Excellent service. The food was outrageously delicious. I will definitely go there again.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food. there was a lot of sides potatoes, mushrooms,but only 3 pieces of vel on my dish

t
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for Italian Restaurant Week for dinner. The restaurant is mom and pops family owned restaurant. The service was on point as the server and staff were really nice and accommodating definitely better than Felidia.

The food in this place was also good, but I had my favorites. For the appetizer I had the special which was the bresaola with arugula. The appetizer was a lot of food for something that is cold cut but no complaints. The Pear and Ricotta Fagottini with Cream and Truffle Oil was my favorite dish. The fagottini was freshly made in house and it was to die for. The Tartufo Gelato was also delicious but was not memorable.

The overall experience was great, cozy and low key. I would definitely return and even hold a birthday or girls night dinner.

MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. We had the fried polenta in a cream with mushrooms and cheese fondu. Very plentiful, two big pieces of polenta. Could easily be shared. Very rich and satisfying. We then had the fagottini stuffed with ricotta and pear in a cream sauce with truffle oil. Also delicious. The Italian Week special on Open Table indicated that a desert was included in the lunch but we were advised that was a mistake. We had a choice of any appetizer and pasta. Still a good value, for dishes you will not find in typical Italian restaurant. I would love to go back and try some other dishes. The waiter service was good. A little brisk but no complaints.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went to Barbalu during italian restaurant week. At first, was told that the restaurant was not participating in restaurant week. The waiter double checked, then said that the restaurant was participating, but it was 50 dollars for a salad and either a meet or pasta dish, no dessert included. Online it said 42 dollars for a salad, main course, and dessert.
The most expensive combination, which I didn't want, was 51 dollars. So really not a deal.

Otherwise, ordered the chicken breast. Seemed like the kind of chicken I could have got from most other places. Nothing remarkable.

NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Girl trip with my Mum, excellent food, service and ambient. Somewhat limited vegetarian meny.

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