Barbalu

4.5
296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cosy
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
2 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
56 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
16 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
13 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
5 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
31 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.

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Barbalu! Elegant setting with a non-stuffy vibe. The food is always wonderful! It is one of our top 3 in Boston.

W
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great neighborhood place, eggplant app delicious, bolognese was excellent & hearty. Our go to place for a good solid meal.

g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back to this restaurant. Eventually we'll try others around Southstreet Seaport, but whenver we set out to do so, we always come back to Barbalue. Excellent everything.

W
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is solid, only complaint is every time i go there you always have to get up and look for the server

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Great wine! Great atmosphere! Super enjoyable.

A
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An making find in an area that can be a bit touristy. We will definitely be returning to this awesome Italian spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome date spot! Nice and quiet and food is delicious.

D
New York Area
349 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Barbalu remains my favourite lower Manhattan eatery - lunch or dinner. Wonderful and authentic Italian food - delicious, straight forward and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch - quiet, not crowded, good food and friendly service

WD
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had fabulous time and meal! Food was great and service was excellent!

LI
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and they catered very well to children.

AD
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner with our teens. Food was excellent. Servers were very friendly and efficient.

BO
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been to Barbalu a few times for lunch, because the restaurant is near my office. It's a great place, with excellent service and delicious food.

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious Italian food in a softly lit atmosphere.

A
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and great food & wine. Perfect date spot.

HT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it!!!!

Made one mistake, I sat outside and had to go inside twice to ensure we weren't forgotten about. After our order was finally in, the food took some time as well. Luckily I had no problem staring at my date's beauty as I waited. Once the food came, my date and I enjoyed the meal thoroughly!

I would go again but if in a hurry, sit inside!

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