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