Barbalu

4.5
418 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
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 418 people are saying
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vipdavida
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
4 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
19 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
100 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
50 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
2 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
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friends getting together

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Doctor4329
San Francisco
1 review
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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CarlF
New York Area
3 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.

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Donna
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was great! Perfect atmosphere and the food was delicious! We were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful NYC night…. We were seating right at our reservation time and were not rushed at all….Staff even accommodated 2 extra people for us at the last minute…Highly recommend….

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Love2Dine
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This restaurant was good. The ambiance was okay, not special but clean and nice. The service was great. The food was great as well. My boyfriend had the lasagna and it was delicious. I had the branzino and vegetables and they were both delicious. The portions are large and generous. We were happy and satisfied.

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vipAnnaC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pleasant but not exciting!

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sherman
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Searched for restaurants for dinner after attending the Van Gogh Immersive exhibit at Pier 36. Barbalu was one of the few where we could get a reservation, although we tried weeks in advance. You can walk to the exhibit from the parking/restaurant area, but if you are not a walker suggest you take a cab. The restaurant's ambiance is nice and the food and service were good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Great location

Food was mediocre
Nice management/server

No need to return fir the value

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CarynR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came at a really odd time, 4:30 in the afternoon. The staff was attentive, the food delicious and we had a wonderful time celebrating a couple of family birthdays! Loved it and we will be back!

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BuckheadLyfe22
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and service were great! Nice large portions

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WhiskeyShark
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

They put us in a room with two screaming children whose parents made no effort to control them. Other couples were smart enough to leave the room. Waiter made no effort to address that environment. Put a damper on an otherwise very nice evening following van Gogh exhibit. Service was just OK, fairly slow. Food was excellent

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Chris
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was one of the best ever pasta dishes.
Entrees were excellent.
Tartufo was the best I've ever had in the US
Exceeded expectations!

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good withy some nice variations on Italian dishes. The service was attentive while not being intrusive. The deserts and coffees - cappuccinos were good size and well done.

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JaneAusten
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Foodeatingisgood
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
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 on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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 4.5 stars by 418 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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