BabaluNY Cuban Mediterranean Bistro
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. Be sure to check our website and Instagram page for updates. Hope to see you soon!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
(Fridays/Saturdays only) Traditional Spanish rice dish served with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari and chorizo
Two pastries - baked then fried - stued with your choice of picadillo (ground beef), shredded chicken, crab or mushroom
This classic family recipe is made with eddoe (yautía), potato, and tropical pumpkins. Filled with your choice of chicken, pork or yucca (vegetable)
Food was amazing so was the service. Owner and her son the chef were extremely nice and friendly
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.
Everything was high quality and delicious - from the drinks through dessert.
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.
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!
Music was amazing!!!!!
Very enjoyable, dinner was excellent & the music was great .
I can’t say enough positive about this restaurant. Delicious food great value and the drinks are plenty strong…
Great food get the pitcher of sangria
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
Was disappointed because we looked forward to some specials. Non were available. Waiter was very attentive and friendly as was the hostess/ owner
The food was delicious, the service was amazing too and the outdoor courtyard was lovely.
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
very friendly staff.
raspberry margarita was delicious
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.
Excellent food. Excellent service. An overall enjoyable experience. Great value with the price fix menu too.
Food was amazing. Great atmosphere. Hidden gem!!!
The food was absolutely delicious. There was a DJ who played drums which created a very festive and fun atmosphere.
The best experience I've had in a while going out to eat.
Great find - food was great and the staff was so attentive . I will be going back soon!
We have eaten at Babalu on several occasions. The food and drinks are delicious. We highly recommend the Ropa Vieja and the Chicken stew! Our server Tim was delightful and attentive. We look forward to dining with you again. Excellent drinks and Maduros (sweet plantains).
Always a wonderful dining experience. Keep coming back for more!
This was our first time there and it won’t be our last time. We totally enjoyed our experience from meeting and speaking with the owner/chef to the excellent food and outside covered patio. I had the skirt steak with peppers and onions. It was cooked just the way I ordered it. Another guest had the chicken and couldn’t stop raving about it. One more guest had the salmon and was equally pleased. The service was wonderful. The owner’s story was inspiring. Looking forward to our next experience there.
Great vibe to the place. Cocktails and sangria were excellent. Food was outstanding.
Wonderful authentic cuisine and experience/. As soon as things calmed down for the evening, the front of house and chef took time to speak to us.
First visit here and we will be back! Nice little hidden gem! From the cocktail to dessert everything was delicious….a must try is the coconut calamari…something different and we were pleasantly surprised at how good they are! All in all a great place
Horribly slow service. Our waiter stopped at other tables frequently, but was almost non existent to us in a 10 table restaurant. Drinks were extremely sweet and took a while to come out- our waiter dropped them off with a quick “hope these are worth the wait.” We ordered apps…I mean this is a tapas place…and asked to keep a menu. After 2minutes we were asked again if we wanted entrees and when not sure yet the menu was snatched away- We were celebrating a job promotion and not in a rush. We left without ordering entrees. Scallops were delicious, someone in the boh at least knows how to cook. Busboys were on point and very polite. Price point was not worth it.
Excellent food! Great service and friendly staff. We will definitely come back!!
Excellent authentic food. Not too loud, great music, nice outdoor space!!
The food is always delicious/waitstaff very personable with the Mom always there. Music and entertainment always enjoyable -portions can b on the small side though.
This was my 2nd visit and I enjoyed it so much. If tacos sound boring (you can get them everywhere) you must have tacos at Babalu. And the flan?? I could eat that every day.
Our dinner with friends was amazing. The food was excellent and the service was great 👍. This place has nailed it on all phases of incredible dining. We will be back soon for another wonderful dining experience 🍷🙂
Food was great ../ nice size portions.. great family atmosphere. Definitely be back
Delicious food, great service and fun atmosphere
BabaluNY Cuban Mediterranean Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 241 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.