225-227 Front St.
(bet. Peck Slip and Beekman)
More casual than fancy

After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Seaport, one of the two couples behind Front Street favorite Barbarini Alimentari, Stefano Barbagallo and Adriana Luque, decided to try again in the same space. Barbalu—a portmanteau created from their last names—seats around 30; the room is a mix of industrial slickness and rustic wood and brick. The menu isn’t so different from what Barbarini offered—salads, sandwiches, pastas, a handful of entrées. Like Barbarini, Barbalu isn’t a perfect restaurant, but it might be a perfect neighborhood restaurant. And when things get a little slow, you just have to pretend you’re in Italy.

Barbalu front doorBarbalu corner tableBarbalu counterBarbalu pasta