BabaluNY Cuban Mediterranean Bistro

4.8
255 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cuban
Note: Our outdoor Courtyard is completely winterized & covered. Has natural air flow and heaters. Please be advised that in the event of inclement weather, service may be interrupted. There is also an outside firepit in the patio. This is not covered for the winter.

BabaluNY is a Cuban Mediterranean Bistro like no other in Huntington Village! A Chef Inspired Restaurant that takes pride in creating one of a kind dishes. We serve a mix of Cuban, Puerto Rican & Mediterranean dishes for brunch & dinner. The Chef, a former professional boxer, is of Cuban/Puerto Rican descent and loves cooking authentic dishes, as well as adding his own innovative creations. Everything is prepared in-house including the homemade desserts and ice cream! We have a lovely outdoor dining courtyard & patio that makes you feel that you are away, nightly specials and live music on certain nights. Be sure to check our website and Instagram page for updates. Hope to see you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 255 people are saying
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happyeater
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pernil is amazing! The staff made you feel at home, great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome alternative to the same old same old! Small venue but I like that. Food was delish and we will be back!

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viplisaf
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good in every way!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved everything! My only criticism is the flank steak was a bit tough. The guitar player was also great, just needed to lower the volume a bit since the place is small.

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Emily
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We overpaid by accident 🙈 Great food

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PhilG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food is fantastic. Full of flavor but not overly salty. Great ambiance and awesome drink options. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always delicious. I ordered the scallop salad but they were out of scallops so I substituted salmon. Our reservation was at 9pm on a Saturday night and there was a mariachi player which was fun and entertaining but a little too loud for the size of the restaurant. It was hard to hear my husband talk and we were not sitting close to the drums. I’m not sure if an earlier reservation would have been tamer. Lots of great energy and good vibes though. It’s hard not to like this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time as always, great food and service and our table had fun with karaoke and some salsa lessons! Highly recommend.

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vipShanaMaidel
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience1

It's really hard to rate this restaurant, but will base it on previous visit. Food and service are very good. But this visit did not allow us to stay. We requested specific seating for a very specific issue and they could not accommodate. We asked to change our seats and they were overbooked and could not make the change. We left and promised to return and will make even more specificity in booking our next reservation. Given how busy the restaurant is, I'm sure they had someone take over our table quickly. We went to Finley's which was much better than expected and turned this negative situation into a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Babalu several times and everything is delicious. They have live music, people are so nice. Favorite place in town.

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IrmaN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The plantain chips were delicious.

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vipWallyGee
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We
Had a great time and the owner treated us great for our one year anniversary!

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Scottg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening with very good food and service. The interior design was not what we were expecting but the people make up for the lack of decor. Live music was wonderful on Saturday night. Only negative is that we were there by 6:45 and received the last orders of their appetizer special and the Paella. Good for us but everyone after us missed out on two terrific dishes.
Will go back.

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vipChristineK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem this place is. Food was outstanding. Service was great.
Live music, fun atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

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vipfoodie
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing so was the service. Owner and her son the chef were extremely nice and friendly

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DannyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb dining experience! The restaurant (at least the front dining area) is small, intimate, but not cramped. A jazz duo kept us entertained with live music, but not so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. Server was friendly and sociable. And of course the food! Spanish cheese plate was rich and well balanced, empanadas were perfectly seasoned, palomillo steak was expertly cooked and tender as a steakhouse, and the pernil was as delicious and authentic as I've had in a restaurant setting! Generous portions all around. We decided then and there that this was going to be "our restaurant", so needless to say we'll be back.

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vipmmmm
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was high quality and delicious - from the drinks through dessert.

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Thomgurl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I celebrated my 60th birthday at Babalu NY. The food was delicious. We had the Maduros with Picadillo appetizer, Ropa Viejo & Pernil entrees both served with white rice, black beans & tostones. The red & white sangria was very tasty and well presented. Scott our waiter was on point, the service was excellent. We had dinner outside the backyard with Cuban music playing. It felt like being transported to Cuba. The owners greeted us and came over to the table. Everyone was so nice. The price was very reasonable. We will definitely be back.

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vipTomT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

During our first visit, the owner visited our table several times to check up on us. She was extremely friendly and caring. Our waiter, though extremely busy with several large parties, made certain to check in on us frequently. The food was fresh and very tasty. Worth a visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was amazing!!!!!

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LMCM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very enjoyable, dinner was excellent & the music was great .

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vipAmbience
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough positive about this restaurant. Delicious food great value and the drinks are plenty strong…

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vipTheresaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food get the pitcher of sangria

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vipcoreyman97
New York Area
228 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Really nice outdoor seating. Pernil (shredded pork) and short rib ragu with homemade papardelle were really excellent. It was early dinner so only a couple of tables were taken, before the dinner rush.

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vipTinaS
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in Huntington for many years and finally made it to Babalu - We loved everything about this gem. The ambiance was so authentic to a caribbean social club - with the lighting, rain forrest feel. The outdoor patio was lovely and roomy - We loved the menu - Interesting, with a wide variety to choose from.
The cocktails were so fun and delicious. Our service was outstanding.

We highly recommend.

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ANTHONYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a regular to this restaurant, great service food is great the prices are good the ambiance is wonderful very clean great atmosphere, we have done date night birthday parties and anniversary, this is a great place great location highly recommended Anthony Curtiss

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Food was really delicious, kudos to the kitchen staff! We enjoyed the tapas menu quite a bit. Pork belly, beef empanadas, and calamari were exceptional. Service overall was pretty slow. But the bar was extremely slow and we actually finished our meals when the drinks came. We were on a date night so we wanted to get tipsy, Uber home, and get frisky. But we barely had 2 drinks. They were really good drinks, highly recommend the sangria! The waiter was great but he was the only waiter in a large outdoor section. Not the waiter’s fault, we did tip him ~25%. The table support staff was really great and attentive.

The outside seating was fun and a good vibes environment. They had good Cuban music playing in the back and live music playing inside.
The chairs on the outside seating felt cheap and were a little uncomfortable. They were like small plastic folding chairs from a backyard kindergarten party. Im sure with more drinks We probably would not have noticed.

I assume slow service was due to restaurants being understaffed due to COVID issues. So we would go there again and support local businesses.

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Jcf21
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight husband and I went to Babalu in Huntington village for dinner! We ordered off the prix fixe menu and husband had happy hour drink! I ordered a cocktail flight, which was omg! The food was delicious, would of order dessert but had no room! We were able to order happy hour items in the dining room, did not have to sit at the bar! How fantastic is that?! Everything was too notch! This is my second time there and won’t hesitate to go back and tell others about them!! Sorry, didn’t get to take a pic of entrees!

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dp21
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Nice and cozy outdoor table. Service was great. Dog friendly! Very nice lady welcomed my daughter and son-in-law’s dog a bowl of water when we arrived!

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DianeG
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The great reviews brought us in, but OMG! Run to Babalu! First, the drinks - trust the bartender. He's fabulous. I tried the black tea martini with a red wine shooter, sooooo good! The bourbon lemonade (repeats ordered) and the fresh strawberry mojito with mint was also popular at our table. My warm Brussels salad with raisins and pistachios and added shrimp was delish, as well as the pernil soft corn tacos and the pinchos - flavorful chicken kabobs with pineapple salad. No leftovers at our table. Perfectly sweetened cappuccino and macchiato (my husband said as good as he had in Manciano, Italy) plus a shared tres leches cake, drenched in creamy milk poured tableside all with the backdrop of live music by an exceptional musician finished a perfect evening. Lots of welcoming, friendly service - 5 stars!!! Visiting from Atlanta, but will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Was disappointed because we looked forward to some specials. Non were available. Waiter was very attentive and friendly as was the hostess/ owner

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Ale520
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was amazing too and the outdoor courtyard was lovely.

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Mariemarsha
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hello Folks,

This place was superb. The food was amazing and great portions. The outdoor seating area was awesome, cozy. The waitstaff were very diligent, but not annoying.

My friend and I were both driving, so no drinks for us, the drink menu looked phenom. The desserts were great too. We got the guava pastries and the tres leche cake. Both amazing choices. I honestly cannot wait to go back.

Thank You Babalu NY!

Also, side note: The space is great for a babyshower or wedding shower, even a birthday party. Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

very friendly staff.
raspberry margarita was delicious

KM
KurtM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who knew that there was a back patio? We ate outside in a nice, casual atmosphere and enjoyed ourselves. Be sure to order a pitcher of sangria. You won’t regret it.

SM
SaverioM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service. An overall enjoyable experience. Great value with the price fix menu too.

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Anonymous
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Great atmosphere. Hidden gem!!!

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Kerryn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. There was a DJ who played drums which created a very festive and fun atmosphere.

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Tony0
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience I've had in a while going out to eat.

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ElvyI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great find - food was great and the staff was so attentive . I will be going back soon!

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BabaluNY Cuban Mediterranean Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.