The East Village has lost one of its enchanting al fresco dining spots, as Barbone has been evicted after a decade on Avenue B. The Italian restaurant was opened in 2006 by Alberto Ibrahimi, who prided himself on his fresh ingredients and handmade pasta, and served as a congenial host. My old Grub Street colleague Josh Ozersky, “King of Avenue C,” wrote that the “underpriced, ambitious East Village trattoria has some of the best pasta and wine values in town.” He paid the enoteca a memorable visit in a video for Vice’s Munchies.
A notice posted on the door of the shuttered restaurant indicated it was seized by a city marshal yesterday. Ibrahimi told us he was on a month-to-month basis with his landlord, Steve Croman. “We could not get a new lease. Knowing I wouldn’t get my security deposit back I decided not to pay the rent until eviction,” he explain in an email.
It appears Ibrahimi wasn’t the biggest fan of his landlord. Last month the restaurant retweeted a video of the attorney general’s announcement that Croman was being charged with criminal fraud. We left a message requesting comment from Croman but haven’t heard back.
The restaurant’s back garden was a hidden gem, and got a shoutout from New York soon after it first opened: “The streets of Alphabet City may be loud and chaotic; the gardens, happily, are not, which means one can eat one’s spaghetti carbonara and drink one’s quartino in relative peace.”