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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


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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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
[Photo: Facebook]

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.

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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From GlenwoodNYC

Barbarini Alimentari Replacement, Barbalu, Now Open at Seaport!

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Glenwood

Just when it seemed like the South Street Seaport was hitting its non-touristy stride, with restaurants and bars serving–and making happy!–an influx of new residents, well… that's when Sandy struck, and basically shut the whole thing down.

A year later there are still too many spaces in the area around Front Street that remain shuttered, but one piece of excellent news is this: Barbalu, run by half of the team behind Barbarini Alimentari, has just reopened in that same space, and it makes for a terrific neighborhood Italian spot. 

Bringing Life Back to Front Street

I went to Barbalu on the one-year anniversary of Sandy, and it was nice to see a few tables worth of locals joining me. Barbalu's husband-and-wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque will need people to come out specifically to dine in their pretty, cozy room, as foot traffic on that stretch of Front Street is still pretty minimal at this point, and it's only going to get less busy as the cold weather kicks in. But trust me, eating at Barbalu is no charitable pity-play. Like its predecessor Barbarini Alimentari, the kitchen here really knows what it's doing, turning out solid Italian classics, using quality ingredients, all prepared with love.

Classic Italian Prepared with Love

I had a quick two-course dinner for about $35 with tip, and it was totally satisfying. From the salad section of Barbalu menu–which, by the way, is pretty similar to the old Barbarini Alimentari menu–I ordered the Spinach, Gorgonzola, Crispy Pancetta option, and was rewarded with a big pile of bright greens, generously mixed with thick, creamy cheese and chewy ham. A solid choice. And my pasta was a true winner, Spaghetti Alla Chitarra (thick-ish and al dente) with Sausage Alla Norcina (white- sauced and rich), which hit all the correct comfort-food notes. Barbagallo and Luque are working on opening the larger dining room next door before the end of year, but Barbalu is already near the top of my list of area restaurants.

More Information: Barbalu Restaurant

Barbalu is located on Front Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. (there are a lot of appealing-sounding sandwiches on the menu) to 10:00 p.m. Visit them online for more information and a look at the complete Barbalu menu!

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