I really had an awesome time at Babalu...food, decor, service, the live salsa music...all were world-class in my mind. I honestly went there because I've been enjoying Alex Garcia's culinary skills and engaging personality on the Food Network for nearly two years. I was so pleased that the food tasted and smelled as good as it looked on TV. The wait staff was wonderfully courteous and responsive. Everything was so good that I went there two more times during my short visit to NY...the grilled churrasco (skirt steak) with chipotle mash, the Ancho-rubbed pork tenderloin with fufu, the roasted salmon with lobster mash, the Cuban tamal with mushrooms, the Tres Leche dessert...my mouth is watering thinking about it all again. I even got to say hello to Alex and thank him for my great meals. Kudos to Alex and his entire staff for a great dining experience!
Pros: Great chef/owner, Excellent cuisine, Colorful ambience