Barbalu

4.7
431 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Hours: M-Th 11AM-10:30 PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00AM-11:00PM.
Visit our website http://www.barbalu.com or call 646-918-6565

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 431 people are saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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AntNoni
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, cool vibe with nice drinks and food to die for. The pear and ricotta fagottini was amazing! Our waiter was great - remembered us but didn't keep interrupting. Will definitely go back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service!! My go to in the area!

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vipVisitor
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem!! Amazing and our new favorite in New York city

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value proposition: huge portions and excellent quality. I’d highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely spot. The special pumpkin ravioli was exquisite!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

meet old friend

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Kyle
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!. Perfect for a date night by the movies.

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vipCuquet
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent. The service is professional and attentive. We have come this restaurant for many years and we enjoy every time. We are happy they survived the pandemic and will serve the community many more years.

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vwbunny
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely hands down the best pasta I have ever had in my life. Every time I come back I wonder if I've just built it up in my head but no. It is life changing. This place is so cute and quiet and the ambiance is amazing. I love the cobblestone street it's on and the prices are so affordable. This is by far my favorite place to eat in the city if I want a low key evening that will keep both my stomach and wallet full and treat my taste buds. The pear and ricotta fagottini is the best meal I've ever had. I dream about it. Absolutely love this spot.

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vipRobB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular here, food and service is always top notch!

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DanielleF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to when dining in the city. Romantic but chill atmosphere. Great music. Good NEVER disappoints. My go to is the pear & ricotta fagottini. Anything on the menu will not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

It was okay

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vipdavida
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Seemed like needed more waitstaff. Construction across the street was noisy. Overall food made it worth it and the servers that are there were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected!... quality food and service!... We all ordered pasta dishes and appetizers!.... just fabulous
Also, a very well appointed menu .. something for everyone. Will be going back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything delicious but very limited menu

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BobM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very pleasant place to eat in the Seaport. Nice brunch, good service and a very pleasant atmosphere. We would return.

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JerseyDiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience, wonderful service, and great food.

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vipLovefood24
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent service, our waiter was very attentive and gave good recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbalu was off the main strip and as soon as we walked in we smelled the delicious food. My friend and I had the lobster ravioli which was that evenings special and our husbands had the lasagna. None of us were disappointed, prices for beyond reasonable and food far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be back.

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GeomarW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience!
Our waiter was knowledgeable, he made excellent suggestions.
The mozzarella was like butter, it melted in your mouth. The black linguine with shrimp was delicious and the lamb chop were cooked perfectly.
Thank you Barbalu, we will be coming back!!

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DerekR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a terrific spot "hidden" downtown. If you are going to #Vangogh or #southstreetseaport you are close by. Don't miss it. Food was excellent. Service was terrific. The closed in garden room was perfect for a romantic dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful space. Attentive but non obtrusive service. Excellent menu and choices BUT, lacked execution. Not sure the Chef who wrote the menu oversees the kitchen. Prosciutto sliced too thick, Buffalo mozzarella did not have the tang. Lasagna overwhelmed
by the bechamel. Pasta special lacked seasoning. Concise wine list but fair and decent range for style and price point. Bar area a little unorganized/ it looked like a storage space that you had to pass through it to access one of the bathrooms. A lot of potential for this place if they put someone with experience in charge to pull it together.

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Khadijaht
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Overall the experience was great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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HopeB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very cute place. Appetizers were not so good. The entrees were exceptional! The waitress was sweet but not prepared to answer many questions. We would definitely go back for the food and location!

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vipFoodie
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Maitre D was very helpful. We needed to eat promptly to get to concert and everything came out on time. Appetizers were good, main course only so so.

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vipBusyBanker
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite couple took my husband and me to dinner at Barbalu before the Pink Martini concert at Pier 17. What a great choice! We were greeted promptly and seated in the back room under skylights. The room was attractive with brick walls and comfortable seating, and the tables were well placed a distance apart. Our waiter took good care of us during the entire meal. My girlfriend and I both had glasses of the rosé, which was fine. We ordered the meat plate and cheese plate for all of us to share, and they were just right. We all enjoyed our entrees, perfectly sized and delicious. The next time we visit the South Street Seaport area, Barbalu will be our preferred restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent Alex was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an anniversary dinner and we were treated very well. The food was outstanding as well as the service. It was also very queer-friendly.

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vipVisitor
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing our second time around again! Our new favorite brunch place.

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vipFussbudget
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friends getting together

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Doctor4329
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little slow on service but otherwise always a family favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice mature Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and their suggestions on drinks and food were spot on. Superb food

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vipAlbertR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible, service was poor. Had to send back our entree's which were disgusting. Embarrassingly bad management. Never again.

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KenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food average at best. Service very poor and very rude,

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vipRitp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was good customer service was terrible. My daughter ordered spinach fettuccine with mushrooms. The menu says gluten free options available so she
asked for gluten free. He brought the dishes out but failed to mention that gluten free meant no spinach. Her dish was pasta and mushrooms- absolutely no flavor. The server made no attempt to correct the dish, ask her if she wanted to change her order, or remove from the bill. For a place that gets high reviews we were left scratching outer heads. I was extremely disappointed in Barbalu. I would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipCarlF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The salad was far too expensive for what it was. It was very meh tasting and the portion was small. The entrees were as expected though a tad expensive. The whole experience was very average.

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LynnG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was generally good. One person in the party ordered the bronzino which was overcooked and dry.
There was confusion over the billing and it looks like the restaurant billed us twice even though we asked for the bill to be corrected.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Barbalu using the Order Online button. Barbalu also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 918-6565.

Barbalu is rated 4.7 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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