VALENTINE’S DAY DATE IDEAS IN DOWNTOWN NYC - 70 Pine

FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017 

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.

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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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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.  


Barbalu
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

Barbalu

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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CULINARY CENTERFOLD INTRODUCES THE BLOG

A TASTE OF BARBALU SENDS A MESSAGE, AS THE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN OLD SEAPORT NEW YORK!

06/20/2014

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. 

Bruschetta

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.

From Eater NY

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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

Thursday, January 2, 2014, by Greg Morabito

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, what Michael White is up to these days. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.


Restaurants are listed by opening date

Where to Eat in Manhattan, January 2014.

BARBALU

At the end of October, Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque opened this charming cafe in the space that previously housed their restaurant Barbarini Alimentari, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to salads and sandwiches, the menu has traditional Italian pastas, and entrees like veal scaloppine and potato-crusted salmon. Most dishes are priced under $20. [Photo:Barbalu]

225-227 FRONT ST, NEW YORK, NY 10038

(646) 918-6565

Where to Eat Near the Holiday Markets, Christmas Trees, and Skating Rinks. By Laura Shunk Thu., Dec. 12 2013

Unless you're a total Grinch, this can be a pretty magical time of year to be in New York City -- the Big Apple really brings its A-game to decorations, holiday markets, and festive events, and if you can stomach the crowds, it's worth seeking them out so they can tug on your old holiday spirit heartstrings. Plus, it gives you an excuse to eat in an area of town you might not find yourself in often. We've rounded up spots both celebratory and casual near NYC's best holiday spectacles, good places to keep your consumption high going -- or take solace from the shopping hordes and the cold.

South Street Seaport Rink 
Celebratory: Barbalu, 227 Front Street
This elegant Italian restaurant recently resurfaced after Hurricane Sandy put it out of commission for almost a year. Pop by for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine, or cozy up with your family for a feast.

To read more please click on this link: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/2013/12/where_to_eat_near_holiday_markets_nyc_2013.php

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Barbalu in Eater's Manhattan Heatmap

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The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

Thursday, December 5, 2013, by Greg Morabito

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, what Michael White is up to these days. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer theEater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Restaurants are listed by opening date

BARBALU

A few weeks ago, Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque opened this charming cafe in the space that previously housed their restaurant Barbarini Alimentari, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to salads and sandwiches, the menu has traditional Italian pastas, and entrees like veal scaloppine and potato-crusted salmon. Most dishes are priced under $20. [Photo: Barbalu]

225-227 FRONT ST, NEW YORK, NY 10038  (646) 918-6565

****To see the complete list, please click:

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/12/the_manhattan_heatmap_where_to_eat_right_now_8.php

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From Eater NY

Monday, October 7, 2013, by Greg Morabito

BOUNCING BACK

Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque will open their South Street Seaport Italian restaurant Barbalu later this week. The space housed their old restaurant Barbarini Alimentari until it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters. In a message to longtime fans, Stefano and Adriana note: "You can be sure that we will be serving the same delicious Italian fare you've loved in the past with some fun new additions." [EaterWire]

http://ny.eater.com/2013/10/7/6357483/bouncing-back

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From Time Out NY

Restaurant and bar openings: October 3-9, 2013

By Christina Izzo and Patty Lee

The following venues are expected to open by October 9th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Barbalu Former Barbarini owners Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque bounce back from Hurricane Sandy with this 120-seat Italian eatery at the same location. The husband-and-wife team scaled back the retail area, making space for a skylighted dining room packed with wooden two-tops. Slide into a brown banquette for classics like mozzarella-and-eggplant caponatina, fettuccine with shrimp and tomatoes, and torta di pinoli (pine-nut cake). At the expanded bar area, find charcuterie and cheese plates along with Italian wines225-227 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (646-918-6565)

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/barbalu

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