“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.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,
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.”