Barbalu

4.6
379 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
  • Diner temperature check required
What 379 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaneAusten
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor seating on a cobbled stoned street. Good food and service.

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Foodeatingisgood
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You need to go now. Spectacular place. Kind people quality presentation. Loved it. Will return

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Amanda
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious dinner at Barbalu! Great food and perfect spot for dinner with friends or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was insanely slow. Waiter seemed resentful.

LT
LTC2018
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the setting and the menu. Antipasto dishes and all the meals were ordered were of high quality . Would definitely go back !

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JoeyV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appy and dessert were great gnocchi was overshadowed by pesto

GA
vipGiovanniA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing atmosphere

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lydiaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta and sauces are delicious- the restaurant was calm and tables comfortably distant- staff attentive- lovely afternoon meal on a sunday

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vipKeoni13
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome food. amazing experience. Pasta is done very nicely

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Danscan
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. We all shared meats and cheeses, and I split the seafood gnocchi special as well as the pear and ricotta fagottini with a friend. Everything was outstanding. The host even knew my name before I said *anything* when we walked in for the first time, and we were sat immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They were very attentive and service was good. Menu choices were reasonable and reasonably varied. Comfortable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was slow. There was a sticker still on our tomato with the caprese salad. When the new salad was brought out, there was arugula instead of basil and the appetizer wasn’t plated as it originally was... sloppy presentation. Nothing was comped and we didn’t even get an apology. On top of that, the food took forever to come out. Wasn’t the best experience.

JM
vipJMFE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not an intriguing selection on the menu. Salmon very average. Will choose one of the many other restaurants at the seaport in the future.

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SeanDavid
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The server brought my date the wrong drink, and then put the correct drink in the wrong glass, and then spilled a bunch of the drink on my foot. When asked for bread, they said they only bring it after we’ve ordered food, which I found weird. Food was delicious though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

We loved the food but service was below underwhelming. I don’t think I’d come back for an experience but definitely the food.
The person seating us was also extremely rude which was off putting to begin with. They have no outdoor heaters and it was a weirdly cold night so we got out of there under 35 mins but couldn’t say enough good things about the food we ordered!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good value for food and service they offer. We'll definitely be back in the future.

TS
vipTammyS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic food and beautiful atmosphere!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was OMG

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Children loud and not watched by parents

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NickG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great place for a date or quiet spot away from pubs. service was great.

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vipcouchpuhtater
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too bad they took the burger out of their menu. But we definitely enjoyed our pasta dishes. Bucatini with lamb meatballs, saffron and brown butter gnocchi, black gnocchi with seafood, and the fagottini dish!

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BethC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Pasta dishes were had by all. Zucchini and marinara appetizers was everybody's favorite. Casual atmosphere prices definitely on the higher end.

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vipJanetR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious! We sat outside as it was a beautiful day but they have a nice indoor courtyard dining area with a skylight roof. I had the swordfish special which was cooked perfectly. My son had black pasta with shrimp which he really enjoyed. My husband had black gnocchi with seafood which he liked but didn't care for the shape of the gnocchi. They looked unappetizing he thought. Service was outstanding.

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vipStacyD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had the best meal and time! Servers were great with us and our kids and food was phenomenal!

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PeterJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Staff was very friendly. Inexpensive for large portions. Would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Horrible waitress

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The food wasn’t that good. I ordered penne with red sauce, the sauce tasted like the ocean. Way too salty. Do not order the mozzarella appetizer. It’s a rip off and it’s not good!

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JohnB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Very attentive and friendly. Food was outstanding! We will definitely go back!

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BryanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality of food was Excellent. The only thing lacking was a limited selection of appetizers and main dishes.

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viphereinparadise
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipElaineB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local spot with great food, service, and wine. Keep coming back for one dish on a menu that never fails to impress. Our friends are coming over from uptown just for that one pasta and pretending they want to see us lol

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vipPamny
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice quaint Italian place. Would come back again. Lovely place service and good for everyday dining

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vipKenS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great for a date night near SeaPort. Great food, good people.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbalu was amazing!!! Loved every thing about it and would recommend to anyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Blown away by the experience on only their first or second night back after re-opening. Incredible dinner - the food, the service, the ambiance, everything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The best pasta ever. Service is great. Just a bit quiet in there

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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vipNathalieB
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Never disappoints! I hope they will reopen soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Food is incredible and so is the service. Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in NYC

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jules
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

fagottini is amazing! bread was ok, service kind of slow

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 4.6 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Barbalu does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.barbalu.com.

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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