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. Jeremy's Ale House is right across the street so those outside tables can be great for people watching but also a prime target for a drunken encounter...choose wisely.
225-227 Front Street
New York, NY 10038