Barbalu at The Taste of The Seaport -TimeOut New York

Time Out says

Down in the Seaport District, enjoy the 10th year of this family-friendly food festival with bites from over 40 of the best restaurants in Lower Manhattan, all in one place. Little ones can keep busy with pasta-making lessons and arts & crafts while parents snack on food from The Fulton, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Hole in the Wall, Barbalu, Fresh Salt, Financier, Cowgirl Seahorse, Taco Playa, The Fulton, 10 Corso Como Restaurant & Café, Cobble & Co, Malibu Farm, R17 and Suteishi. The whole family can shop local vendors, artisans and enjoy live music and performances throughout the afternoon. While eating and drinking through the day, keep in mind that it’s all for a good cause too. The annual community event raises much needed funds for the arts and enrichment programs at Public School 397 (The Spruce Street School) and Public School 343 (The Peck Slip School) and is sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation. All ages.




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The Villager

Seaport Report: Wining and dining

February 6, 2019 | Filed under: News,Business,Dining & Nightlife | Posted by: lincoln

BY JANEL BLADOW | And we’re off… 2019 is galloping into history.

Hot shots… About 40 neighbors and friends gathered at Barbalu Restaurant (225-227 Front St.) on Sun., Jan 13, to celebrate one of our own neighborhood talents, photographer Joel Greenberg. Joel has been dining at the Italian eatery and over the years struck up a friendship with owner Stefano Barbagallo.

“After doing wedding photography for the past 30 years,” Joel wrote in an e-mail to me while on a trip to Bangkok, “it was my dream to get back into doing my own personal work.”

An enthusiastic patron of the arts, Stefano urged Joel to get back behind the camera and offered to display his photographs in the restaurant. Half the photos were taken in 1983 during the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial.

While you dine, enjoy Joel Greenberg’s photos on the walls at Barbalu. Photos by Janel Bladow

“These photos are a time capsule because the bridge was illuminated for its centennial celebration,” Joel noted. The other half the photos were taken in Havana, Cuba, in 2014. “Both groups are similar because Havana hasn’t changed much from the 1950s, another time capsule,” he added.

The theme is a contrast between the black-and-white centennial images of the bridge and the vivid colors of Havana’s historic buildings and automobiles. Joel printed all the photos himself except the two mural-sized photos printed on aluminum. This was the first time his work was presented this way.

“I was thrilled with the results,” he said. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to show my friends and family what I have been working on again. Having them displayed in such a beautiful setting was also a real plus.”

Stefano served wine with antipasto platters, crostini and Arancini Balls with marina sauce to the gathered. Four photos were sold that afternoon. The show will be up through the spring so stop round for a view and bite. For more information, visit




Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate love.

If you made it past that first sentence it most likely means there is someone special in your life. We’re very happy for you, but it’s time to get serious. Date night on Valentine’s Day can bring a lot of pressure because the expectations are high and the demand for a romantic spot is even higher. The worst thing you can do is to not plan ahead, which is why we are here to help. There are a ton of fantastic options in downtown Manhattan ranging from romantic upscale restaurants to the ultimate date night movie theater. We have selected a few of our favorite destinations.

* Pricing is for 2 People

Barbalu – $35 – $60 – 225 Front Street, FiDi

Barbalu is the marriage of husband and wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque. Their authentic Italian restaurant by the South Street Seaport is a quaint spot perfect for a tasty romantic date. This little gem was rebuilt after Barbarini closed following superstorm Sandy. Thankfully, all the charm was preserved. Make sure to order their delicious home made fettucini with Beef Ragu or their Spaghetti allo Scoglio and to finish with the tiramisu.




The Top 30 Power Lunch Spots in NY - The New Potato

September 12th, 2016

Scroll through above for the 30 to power lunch spots in NYC

With fall finally here, many of us are feeling quite inundated by lunch meetings after a slightly quieter summer. You’re playing catch up with all those colleagues you haven’t seen or networked with in awhile and might be wondering how to make them more fun. While the era of the epic power lunch spot – The Four Seasons – may be over, it doesn’t mean the power lunch in general isn’t here to stay. We rounded up 30 of our favorites in New York City – where it’s all about the grind – and stay tuned this week for our power breakfasts list as well!

The 10 Best Restaurants In South Street Seaport, Manhattan - The Culture Trip

By Alexis DeFillipo

Updated: 3 November 2016

The South Street Seaport is one of the most scenic and historic areas Manhattan has to offer. Where Fulton Street meets the East River, there are many places to go and have a meal for a good price. Whether you are looking for something fast or a sit-down meal, this place has it all. Here is our round up of this neighborhood’s top 10 restaurants.

Barbalu Restaurant

After having their first restaurant, Barbarini Alimentari, completely destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, power couple Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque pulled together and re-built Barbalu where their old one once stood. With bright string lights lining the ceiling and bar and table seating, this business aims to please by serving delicious food that looks great as well. With almost all meals priced lower than $20, Barbalu is a great place for a fine meal to enjoy with friends and family.

Barbalu Restaurant, 225-227 Front Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 918 6565

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The Lower Manhattan Guide, by

The Lower Manhattan Guide

While Lower Manhattan used to be somewhat of a ghost town on the weekends—and a sea of bankers during the week—a lot of businesses have been moving south, and with them, a slew of new shops and restaurants. Here are our favorite spots below Canal Street.


225-227 Front St., South Street Seaport | 646.918.6565

Hurricane Sandy was devastating for the Seaport; Barbarini, an adorable little Italian spot on Front Street was completely destroyed. But its owner, husband and wife Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque opted to rebuild. Barbalu is just as sweet and delicious as its predecessor, offering everything from simple plates of pasta to potato-crusted salmon.



10 Must-Try Restaurants in NYC’s Financial District

By Nora Shvartsberg at Pace University April 25, 2016

Wall Street may hold the money, but behind the kitchen of downtown Manhattan, you'll find a goldmine.

4. Barbalu

Looking for a cozy date night? Barbalu is a rustic Italian dining experience. Everything on their menu is appealing to the eye, the service is fantastic, and the vibe inside is trendy and classy. Opt for a meat plate for two and a bottle of red wine. As far as entrees go, EVERYTHING is delicious.


The Identity Shift Project Gallery

Photographer: Julie Hassett Sutton

Interviewer: Jessica Safran

This Gallery is the collection of moments from our participants’ Identity Shifts. They generously opened their worlds to us, and together we explored them.

Stefano: I was in Italy when Hurricane Sandy happened. I was stunned for the evening, I had to digest that my restaurant was completely destroyed. But I’ve had 10-12 different businesses. I’m used to moving on. I’m not the type of person to get stuck and put down roots and not think about change.

Adriana: Hurricane Sandy made me more aware of those I love. I met an amazing community of people – who came with masks and gloves, with food and drinks – for everybody. I don’t have these peoples’ names. I wish I could thank them.

All of our employees lost their jobs. There were originally 25 people. Several people will work with us again. The chef is coming back.

Stefano: We’re rebuilding in the same space after 7 years and have a better idea how to solve design problems. I like Front Street: the landmark street made with cobblestone, that’s near the water, on a block where there are no cars. It’s historic and has a lot of character.

Adriana: My family has been there through everything. My parents told us growing up: Material stuff comes and goes. You are a person; you are here today and not tomorrow. If we are alive, then we’re okay. Perhaps we’re upset for awhile, but then we’re okay.

For more information about the restaurant, visit


Barbalu, a New Italian Restaurant in the Old Barbarini Alimentari Space, Now Open

by Marguerite Preston (Originally posted on Oct 14, 2013, 12:00p) @marguerite_s_p

Status: Open
Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed Barbarini Alimentari, a new Italian restaurant, Barbalu, has opened in its place. The owners, husband-and-wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque, were half of the team behind Barbarini, and held onto the place.

Barbalu @ 225 Front St. NYC

Barbalu @ 225 Front St. NYC

The restaurant will eventually seat 120, but for now just a small 30-seat section is open. The classic Italian menu has salads, sandwiches, pastas, and a few meat entrees like veal scaloppine and oven roasted monkfish. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. every day. 
Previous Coverage: Post-Sandy NYC, 12/17; Post-Sandy NYC, 12/18; Triumphant Returns, 5/24; Bouncing Back, 10/7
Further Reading: Time Out
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AM New York: EAT AND DRINK Where to dine at South Street Seaport

By TRACY E. HOPKINS/ Special to amNewYork (originally posted on August 4, 2015)

If you haven't been to the South Street Seaport lately, the lazy days of summer are the perfect time for a stroll along the cobblestone streets and brunch with a view of the East River. The historic waterfront area where Fulton Street meets the East River has a bevy of new restaurants and dining destinations. Here's where to get eating: 

After Barbarini Alimentari was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, owner Stefano Barbagallo rebuilt and reopened the space as Barbalu with his wife and partner Adriana Luque the following year. The resilient restaurateur says business is better than before. "I'm extremely proud of maintaining a presence in this beautiful area of New York," Barbagallo says. The minimalist, modern restaurant offers a menu of thoughtfully-prepared Italian fare, including sandwiches, salads, pastas and desserts. 225-227 Front St.,



Barbarini Reincarnation Barbalu Retains Its Italian Sandwich Game

The inside of Barbalu is a small, bright dining room, and the space next door that used to be the market and takeout area is being renovated. You won’t have trouble finding a seat at lunch, which I appreciated, and it’s easy to have a conversation. I took a look at the sandwich menu of which there is a nice selection of both meat and vegetarian options. I opted for the prosciutto di parma, parmesan and artichoke pesto variety and it came with a nicely-dressed little salad.

Beware if you’re wearing black pants to lunch as I did because the crusty, toasted  ciabatta leaves your hands floury and sends shards flying when you take a bite. That being said, the bread was delicious and there was plenty of meat and thin slices of parmesan to be had. I couldn’t taste much of the artichoke pesto even though I could see it and in retrospect I should have put some of the side salad in the sandwich for a little flavor boost. I really appreciated the quality and quantity of ingredients, and it feels nice to see more lunch spots back in action at the seaport.

Barbalu, 225-227 Front St. (btw. Beekman St. & Peck Slip), (646) 918-6565

Posted by Andrea H at 10:00 am, November 7th, 2013 under BarbaluItalianSandwichesSouth Street Seaport.

NYC Tastes Blog

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Seaport Eats at Barbalu

When Mr. T and I first moved here I loved the Seaport area.  It always blew my mind that we lived so close to such a beachy little spot.  Of course I quickly grew tired of dealing with the hordes of tourists so I slowly stopped going.  Then Sandy hit and so many places were destroyed it seemed like the area would never recover and I realized how much I still loved this NYC spot.  

Lucky for me places did recover and one of those is Barbalu; a restaurant known as Barbarini before being completely destroyed in the storm.  This husband and wife team love the historic area so much they decided to rebuild on the very same location and hence Barbalu was born.

The menu is focused on Italian fare with an array of salads, pastas and secondi like Potato Crusted Salmon and Veal Scaloppine.  We skipped secondi in favor of a big Spinach Salad loaded with funky Gorgonzola cheese and crisp pancetta followed by a bowl of Fettuccine with Shrimp, cherry tomato and zucchini.

Everything tasted fresh from the greenmarket and it never got too crowded which was nice.  Plus there's two options for catching some summer rays; a cute little skylight in the back or a handful of tables up front.  

225-227 Front Street
New York, NY 10038

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For our 2nd Anniversary, we remember this article: A Year After Sandy, Lower Manhattan Has Slowly Made a Comeback

By Irene Plagianos | October 29, 2013 9:04am

LOWER MANHATTAN — On a bright afternoon recently, standing in the middle of her bustling South Street Seaport restaurant, Adriana Luque let out a deep sigh. 

"It feels so good to be back," said Luque, a wide smile spreading across her face. "So good."

A year after 11 feet of Hurricane Sandy’s murky floodwaters overwhelmed popular Seaport eatery Barbarini, Luque and her husband Stefano Barbagallo — former co-owners of the beloved Italian spot — have finally opened their new restaurant, Barbalu, in the same 225 Front St. space.

"This year was hard, it was a struggle for us — for so many people,” Luque said. “But we love this place — we’re coming back and this neighborhood is coming back.”

Twelve months after Hurricane Sandy tore through Lower Manhattan, a host of shops and restaurants are still shuttered in the hard-hit South Street Seaport, but most of Downtown has slowly come back to life.

Most of the 19th-century buildings along the picturesque street, where Barbalu is now up and running, suffered intense damage. The entire electrical, heating and cooling systems of many of the buildings needed to be replaced, leaving residential tenants, along with the ground-floor shops and restaurants, displaced until the summer.

But the tide has turned. Barbalu, sushi restaurant Suteishi and pet grooming spa The Salty Paw recently reopened, and others — including Nelson Blue, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and bar Keg No. 229 — are slated to reopen in the next coming weeks.

The business owners who returned have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into repairing their shops — many without the benefit of flood insurance and while still wrangling for hurricane-related grants and loans from the government. 

“It’s certainly cost us," said Peter O’Connell, who poured nearly $1 million into reopening Seaport favorite the Paris Cafe earlier this month, "but I think the Paris looks better than ever."

Barbalu featured on "On The Grid City"

South Street Seaport


From the mythical ashes of the former Barbarini, which fell victim to Superstorm Sandy, comes Barbalu. Owners Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque decided to rebuild their newest venture in the space of their old, destroyed restaurant. The menu’s simple, elegant and delicious. Take a date and act like you know what a profiterole is. Go get ‘em, Tiger.

225-227 Front St. NYC

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Like a message in a bottle drifts until it is found: Culinary Centerfold tasted the menu at Barbalu after it weathered Storm Sandy. And the message was clear: Old Seaport New York was back and stronger than ever: and Barbalu was at the forefront of that message in Italian cuisine. Barbalu had been operating out of a small section of their destroyed space, just to keep doors open: but restaurant owners Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque gave me a guided tour of what is now the full restaurant with a dining room with a wall to wall  vaulted skylight.  They changed the name from Barbarini Alimentari to Barbalu: a blended name to represent their love for each other and the restaurant. They are truly a lovely couple and love is felt in every dish at Barbalu

Culinary Centerfold was thrilled to be part of the reopening of Barbalu and looked forward to some Italian bliss on a plate. Our first tasting was the Mozarella Di Bufala and Eggplant Caponatina. The golden raisins , pignoli nuts and roasted eggplant were divine under the oversized mozarella. This definitely needed two to finish it. I love how Barbalu gave us something different than the traditional tomatoes and basil appetizer. The mozarella was so moist, soft and flavorful: I had to ask if they make it form scratch. Adriana said that it is outsourced, but that it is made fresh daily from that source. I have to say it is thus far, the best fresh mozarella dish I have ever had. 

Mozarella DI Bufala and Eggplant Caponatina

Next plate Barbalu presented was the Roasted Shrimp, Cannellini Beans, Red Onion and Celery Salad. Now, those who know me...know I  despise shrimp: but Barbalu's technique, flavor and love put into this plate, changed my mind. They slice the baby shrimp and grill it, completely changing the texture, which made it welcoming to my palette. Barbalu did such a fabulous job with this, it inspired me to try shrimp at other restaurants. But, Barbalu is still the only place I like to eat shrimp and the only place I have found to do it right. You absolutely must try it.

Grilled Shrimp, Cannellini Beans, Red Onion, and Celery Salad

Now thank goodness I brought a good friend to this private tasting, because Adriana just kept the dishes coming! Although, I welcomed everyone of them.  And thankfully I wore stretchy clothes to accommodate their Italian hospitality and my eyes. 


Finally, the course I most awaited arrived: the home made Lamb Meatballs with Mint  and Mashed PotatoesBarbalu's lamb meatballs were moist, well prepared and full of flavor. It was balanced well with the sauce and mashed potatoes.  The texture was spot on and even with a full stomach, I fought to finish every last bite.  New York is filled with so many Italians restaurants, but this has to be one of my favorites to date. The food is spectacular, reasonably priced, and the staff passionate. Every dish is served with a smile. Alvaro was our server, and he was so pleasant and eager to make sure we were happy and understood the plate.  That is a reflection of the owners and we love Barbalu for that.

Lamb Meatballs with Mint and Mashed Potatoes

Before we could leave, Adriana made sure we were given dessert. I shared this beautiful Fruit Tart with my friend: but on any other day, I would gladly finish it myself! It was creamy, fluffy and the pastry just the right texture... with balanced sweetness of the fresh berries. 

Barbalu is a hidden treasure in Old Seaport New York and an amazing Italian Restaurant. You can visit Barbalu at 225-227 Front Street, Manhattan, NY. Make sure to let them know Boston Scarlette sent you and try the Mozarella Di Bufala and Eggplant Caponatina! 

-Boston Scarlette

To reserve a table call 646.918.6565

DISH OF THE WEEK: Bresaola Sandwich at BARBALU

by Brian Hoffman

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City.

The neighborhood of the South Street Seaport was completely ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. All the thriving small businesses along Front Street took in around seven feet of brackish water. It was a devastating situation and only now (a year and half later) does the neighborhood look like it’s finally back on its feet.

One of the restaurants destroyed by the storm was Barbarini, a neighborhood gem that was both an Italian trattoria and grocery. Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage, the owners parted ways and Barbarini is no more. However, two of the owners (Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque) have opened a new (but similar) establishment in the old space.

It’s called Barbalu and it feels bigger and more modern than its predecessor. And I think the rustic Italian food might be even better.

We loved the homey lasagna, the balsamic-lade kale salad, and the perfect tiramisu. But the most surprising dish was one I almost didn’t order: the bresaola sandwich.

Bresaola Sandwich

Bresaola Sandwich

 This simple little sandwich was a shocker. Trapped between tender crusty bread, the salty slices of beef came alive next to the tangy sweetness of lemon-infused goat cheese,  bracing arugula, and intoxicating truffle oil. I can’t remember the last time I had a sandwich that so neatly walked the line between delicate lightness and rich boldness.

And the prices at Barbalu (the hefty sandwich was just $9) are set for repeat visits and affordable neighborhood meals. Let’s make this a restaurant destination that turns Sandy into a very distant memory.

BOUNCING BACK Barbalu Opens its Large Dining Room Tonight by Greg Morabito

Hurricane Sandy destroyed Barbarini Alimentari, but two of its owners, Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luquereopened the space last fall as a new Italian restaurant called Barbalu. Stefano and Adriana have been serving guests in the restaurant's cafe space for the last few months, but tonight — 469 days after the storm — they will finally open the main dining room. The menu includes salads, pastas, and entrees like veal scaloppine and potato-crusted salmon, and so far the early word is very good.

All Coverage of Barbalu [~ENY~]

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