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Barbalu

227 Front St., New York, NY 10038 40.707442 -74.002151
nr. Beekman St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
646-918-6565 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian
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Official Website

barbalu.com

Hours

Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nearby Subway Stops

2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z at Fulton St.

Prices

$14-$24

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

A year after Hurricane Sandy, husband-and-wife team Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque opened the doors to Barbalu, housed in the space where their hurricane-ravaged restaurant, Barbarini Alimentari, once sat. While the décor is stark the white walls are completely blank the atmosphere still manages to feel warm as the duo works together to pleasantly run the front of house. Familiar faces of former regulars steadily stream in for a quick chat and to take a look at the menu, which leans heavily on plates of pasta. The eggplant caponatina, though found on the appetizer menu, could easily serve as a flavor-packed vegetarian main: It's bursting with bits of plump raisins and toasted pine nuts, and served with a mound of fresh, imported mozzarella. What is made in-house is consistently the highlight from the vegetable all’ortolana (a hearty, tomato-based sauce made with diced vegetables) on the rigatoni to the rich and meaty Bolognese served atop a bed of fettuccine. While the sauces taste fresh, the pastas unfortunately all have a store-bought quality to them. Dessert, like the appetizers, are mammoth in proportion even when shared, but even after being stuffed on pasta, it is worth finding room for the delicately balanced and creamy tiramisu a total steal at its exceptionally low price.

Recommended Dishes

Eggplant caponatina ($14); tiramisu ($7)

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