Barbalu

4.6
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334 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.4
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4.5
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RG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always excellent, ambiance perfect, service very good.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the pear infused pasta was the best dish I have ever had .... this place is a must visit

AR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

It took long time for servers to take our order

PM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed when we arrived!!!
Something doesn’t work with open table or the restaurant
Disappointed

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The place was nice and cozy, food was good but I could tell it had been heated in microwave. Service not so good, we arrived a little earlier (15 mins) than our rsvp and the not so nice guy who said was the manager asked us to come back later (20 mins post rsvp) because they were having a private event. Not so accommodating. After we went back and ordered our food and drinks we felt very rushed by waiters. One of them made faces, bus boy said something about closing. They clearly wanted to go home but as we were leaving we noticed we were not even the last ones to leave. The whole experience was a little unpleasant so we would not go back to this restaurant plus there are so many other great options in the area.

PA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Order the pear ricotta faggotini!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute and quaint restaurant with great food and service. Would come by often if I lived a little closer. You can tell the owners put a lot of pride in their place.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The pasta is delicious. I will be returning.

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new fave everyday Italian restaurant. Prices are reasonable, food is great and ambiance just right. I’ll definitely be back.

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance, service was excellent!

s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, really nice, try the polenta cake with mushrooms

PM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was 2nd time there. And from reservation to check - it was good experience.
I am a super senior who grew up in a tenement in the Bronx with Italian neighbors all around and enjoyed what is now known by my yuppie friends as "red sauce Italian" food, which was homemade, home cooked and delicious. Barbalu was again a great place with really good food and service.
For me 5 stars are perfection - I think nothing is perfect -- but "youse guys and your place are up there."

W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good wines, great service. A non-pretentious neighborhood restaurant.

MH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Spaghetti with Sausage and cream was incredible. Can't wait to come back in a few weeks.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Hector was knowledgeable on everything!! We had dietary concerns and he reassured us and everything was delicious!!! The food was terrific the service was wonderful overall had a lovely evening!!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant....

OT
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. I always look for a reason to come here. Food is amazing, atmosphere is excellent and service is great! If you haven't been it's a must visit.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbalu is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Perfect from anything like dinner with the girls to a date night. You need to try the pear ricotta fagotini!

SQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dood and ambience, will definitely dine again

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is well proportioned and well prepared. The wait staff is attentive, the ambiance pleasant. A good place for business lunches or to meet friends. It never disappoints.

SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Great food.

SD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself was very cute and well lit. The food was absolutely incredible. We got the burrata and prosciutto appetizer and it was perfect. I got the spaghetti with sausage and cream all norcina and it was probably one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had. Definitely a solid spot, and not too hard on the wallet either.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a terrific lunch here after walking around the Seaport on a rainy afternoon. The ambience is rustic urban and very inviting. All four of us really enjoyed our entrees. The fish was wild caught and prepared beautifully. We also loved the cheese platter with an excellent choice of cheeses.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was not great.

SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food all around. Pasta wonderful.

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great consistent authentic food. Cool waiters.

JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
120 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Comfortable environment, delicious dishes, and good service

AS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious pasta I’ve had since Italy.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not rushed and it was very much appreciated

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
39 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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